Answers to your commonly asked hearing health questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
At Hearing Associates of South Carolina, we understand that hearing health is not a widely discussed topic. It is our goal to educate patients on how to take care of their hearing as well as the causes and effects of hearing loss. You deserve access to resources about your hearing health, that’s why we’ve gathered some commonly asked questions we received from patients. If you have a question that you don’t see listed below, please call our office. We would be happy to assist you.
When left untreated, hearing loss will worsen over time. The main problem with not managing hearing loss is that you will lose your speech comprehension and it becomes harder to hear again even after you receive hearing aids. Managing hearing loss at the first signs with hearing aids will help to slow the progression at which your hearing worsens as well as ensure you don’t lose your ability to comprehend speech.
Unfortunately, there is no one cure for hearing loss. Sensorineural hearing loss, the most common type of hearing loss, is caused by damage to the hair cells in the middle and inner ear. This type of damage is irreversible and cannot be fixed with medication or with surgery. The best treatment for hearing loss is to wear hearing aids. Hearing aids will provide your ears with the proper amplification and clarity to hear again.
You can still hear sounds when you have hearing loss. You may just lack the clarity to understand speech or to hear certain frequencies. It is unlikely that everyone around you mumbles. It is more likely that you have some degree of hearing loss that is making it seem like the people around you mumble. The good news is hearing aids can help you hear your family members by giving you the clarity to hear the conversation.
Hearing aids will typically last anywhere from 5-7 years. If you take good care of your hearing aids and bring them in for regular maintenance and cleanings, then they can last you for even longer. It is important to take care of your devices by regularly cleaning them and storing them in a dry, safe space. This will ensure you hearing aids provide you with better hearing for many years.
There are three main types of hearing loss: sensorineural, conductive, and mixed. Sensorineural is the most common type of hearing loss, affecting the most people. This is often due to damage to the middle or inner ear. Conductive hearing loss is when sound cannot be conducted from the outer ear to the inner ear. This is often due to a blockage, such as earwax build-up, or ear infection. Conductive hearing loss can usually be cleared up medically with either antibiotics or surgery. Finally, mixed hearing loss is a combination of sensorineural and conductive hearing loss.
No matter what type of hearing loss you may have, we can diagnose it for you and help you get on the right track to relief.
Adjusting to hearing aids depends on a few factors: if you’ve worn hearing aids before, what degree of hearing loss you have, and how long your hearing loss has gone untreated. The longer you wait to get hearing aids, the harder it will be to adjust to hearing sounds again. It is important to be patient and to wear your hearing aids every day. Wearing them every day will ensure your ears are adjusting to hearing sounds again and will allow you to recognize sounds you may have forgotten. If you are having a hard time adjusting, then be sure to come back into our office. We can help you through the adjustment period so you can get back to hearing your best again.
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