At Advanced Hearing Center, we believe that patients should be involved in the direction of their hearing healthcare. We never want you to feel like you’re being pushed into a decision that you don’t understand. Our responsibility is to educate you so that you can make informed decisions about your own health. If you ever have any questions, we are here to help. We’ve gathered some common questions and concerns our patients bring to our office.
While it’s possible to order hearing aids online, they’re not going to give you the results you’d get from something personalized to your needs because hearing loss is more complicated than just turning the volume up. Computer-generated hearing device programming exists, but in our experience, it is very rarely accurate. We verify our results and the programming we use to make sure that your hearing aids will actually address your specific hearing loss.
Hearing is dynamic, and your hearing aids have to constantly analyze your environment and the signals going to your microphones. That’s why it’s so important that your hearing aids be properly programmed by an experienced professional. We make sure that your hearing aids don’t just amplify sound, they also improve the clarity of how you hear speech.
We have the technology now to make improvements even for mild hearing impairment, and it will absolutely improve your quality of life to treat it. Mild hearing loss can make it harder and more exhausting for you to process what’s around you — similar to someone with mild vision impairment who squints when they aren’t wearing their glasses. There’s no need to feel like that. And there are huge benefits for treating your hearing loss early. Auditory deprivation over time isn’t good for the auditory nerve or the brain; it lets your speech recognition skills decline. If you don’t use it, as the saying goes, you lose it. So even mild hearing losses need correction so that the auditory nerve can be stimulated, avoiding more severe problems down the road.
The prevalence of hearing loss across the general population is higher than people think. It does increase with age, like many things, but it’s also related to genetics and overall health, much like vision impairment. The only reason people think it has to do with old age is because in the past we couldn’t make a difference for anything but the most severe hearing losses. Now that we can help more mild hearing loss, we’re able to improve quality of life for people of all ages.