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Hearing Loss FAQ

Think you are experiencing hearing loss? Have you recently been diagnosed with hearing loss? There is probably a lot of questions goes through your mind and we have answered some of the most common questions below.

Hearing Aids

What can hearing aids do?

Hearing aids can make speech easier to understand, they make sounds louder and can improve your quality of life by offering you the freedom to communicate more effectively.

How do hearing aids work?

On the most basic level, hearing aids are microphones that pick up and convert sounds into electrical signals. An amplifier increases the strength of the signal, then a receiver converts it back to sound and channels it into the ear canal through a speaker.

Is there an adjustment period to wearing hearing aids?

Yes, most people will have an adjustment period of around 4 weeks before feeling more comfortable with and receiving full benefit from their hearing aids. You should still expect some initial benefits from wearing hearing aids.

How will a hearing aid improve my quality of life?

Research shows that hearing aids play a significant factor in a person’s social, emotional, psychological and physical well-being. The treatment of hearing loss can improve:

  • Communication in relationships
  • Intimacy and warmth in family relationships
  • Ease in communication
  • Earning power
  • Sense of control over your life
  • Social participation
  • Emotional stability
I’m having a difficult time using my phone with my hearing aids. What can I do to help that?

Over the years, there have been many technical advances with hearing aids including bluetooth technology. If your hearing aid has a bluetooth connectivity you can connect the device to your smartphone or purchase a phone streaming device for your hearing aids to use with your phones.

Will hearing aids restore my hearing back to normal?

No, hearing aids are designed to make it easier to hear, but can’t restore the natural functioning of your ear. Hearing aids also don’t stop the progression of hearing loss, so it is important to get regular hearing tests.

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What’s the difference between an audiologist and a hearing aid practitioner?

Hearing clinics can be staffed by hearing aid practitioners (HAPs) or audiologists. To qualify as a HAP, one typically entails the completion of a post-secondary 2 year correspondence program. To qualify as an audiologist one needs a minimum of 6 years of university training. Although both professions can be licensed to sell hearing aids, only audiologists can provide testing/diagnostics in certain medical/legal situations.

What can I do to protect my ears?

The best way to protect your ears is to avoid loud noises. This may not be possible depending on your job, so the next best thing is to wear custom ear plugs.

What are the different degrees of hearing loss?

The results of your hearing test are mapped on an audiogram and can show the severity and type of hearing loss you have. Generally, the degrees of hearing loss are as follows:

  • Normal hearing (0-25 dB HL)
  • Mild hearing loss (26-40 dB HL)
  • Severe hearing loss (71-90 dB HL)
  • Profound hearing loss (greater than 91 dB HL)
What can I expect at our appointment?

Expect to be asked questions about your hearing and health in general. Your ears will be looked at through an otoscope and some hearing tests will be performed. With the results, we will make recommendations on treatment for your hearing loss if necessary.

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