Answering “Yes” to any one of the questions below may indicate that you have a hearing loss:
- Do you feel like your hearing is muffled?
- Do you have to ask people to repeat what they have said?
- Do you listen to the television or radio at a higher volume than others around you?
- Do you have trouble understanding conversations, especially with background noise or when more than one person is talking?
- Do you hear people speaking, but cannot fully understand the words?
- Do you withdraw or avoid social situations because you have trouble hearing what is being said?
- Do you have problems remembering or focusing?
- Do you get irritable when loved ones mention you may have decreased hearing or that you speak loudly?
What makes one hearing aid different from another?
Not all hearing aids are created equal. Each hearing aid has a prescription, much like eye glasses; what works well for one individual may not be appropriate for another. Variations in size and style impact the acoustics of the ear and the performance of the hearing aid. There are multiple circuits that handle various environments differently. In the last several years, hearing aids have become increasingly complex. you should be confident that the person who programs your hearing aid has the knowledge to optimize it for your individual circumstances. Hearing aid technology has also progressed rapidly, with phone compatibility and new computer chip processors which have made a drastic improvement in sound quality.
How do I know if hearing aids are the best solution for me?
Hearing problems can be treated with medications, surgery or hearing aids. A wise man once said, “If your only tool is a hammer, the whole world looks like a nail.” If an office only works with hearing aids, that is the only solution they can offer. Glacier Hearing Services is affiliated with Glacier Ear, Nose, & Throat; as a result we have numerous tools to assist us with hearing loss, including medical solutions when appropriate.