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Facts About Hearing Technology

Fact #1
Nine out of ten hearing system users report improvements in their quality of life.

Fact #2
92% of Americans are satisfied or very satisfied with their hearing care providers.

Fact #3
Americans report an 81% satisfaction rate with modern directional hearing systems.

Have Appropriate Expectations
It is important that you have the right expectations regarding your hearing system.  Today’s hearing technology can help reconnect you to the world around you.  However, it is not a cure for hearing loss.

Hearing Technology Can

  • Provide more personal interaction and an engaged lifestyle.
  • Help you hear & understand better in most situations.
  • Allow you to participate more effectively in group situations & meetings.
  • Increase confidence and reduce fatigue.
  • Improve your quality of life.

Hearing Technology May Not

  • Block ALL background noises, especially in noisy groups (even people without hearing loss hear background noise).
  • Let you hear very soft sounds in certain situations

Every Individual Is Unique
It is important to recognize that not all sound loss can be eliminated.  If you have been experiencing hearing loss for many years, the process of adjusting your new personal hearing technology may take some time.  We encourage you to work patiently with your hearing healthcare professional to make the most of your hearing system.

Remember … talking with your hearing care professional openly and honestly about your expectations and experience is the only way to identify and eliminate the perception of sound loss.

SOLUTIONS
The Effects of Hearing Loss and Sound Loss can be Minimized if:
1.  Your problem is correctly diagnosed.
2.  You receive the right type of treatment; and
3.  You and your hearing care team are committed to solving the problem.

STEP ONE:  THE INTERVIEW
Purpose:  To help your hearing healthcare professional determine the extent of your problem and uncover any specific areas that may require further attention.

Some Typical Questions

  • Has anyone else in your family had hearing difficulty?
  • Have you had any illnesses or injuries that might have affected your hearing?
  • Have you taken any medications that might have affected your hearing?
  • Have you been exposed to loud noises in your job or leisure activities?

STEP TWO:  THE EXAMINATION
Purpose:  To help your hearing healthcare professional determine whether the Sound Voids™ you are experiencing could be caused by an obstruction or damage to the ear canal or ear drum.  Your hearing healthcare professional will use a special instrument called an otoscope or video otoscope to inspect the outer ear.

STEP THREE:  THE TESTING
Purpose:  To help the hearing healthcare professional determine the nature of your Sound Loss.  Your hearing healthcare professional may include tests like the following depending on his or her assessment of your needs.

Audiometric pure tone test to measure your hearing at different frequencies.
Speech test to measure how well you hear and understand ordinary conversation at different volumes.
Immitance middle ear test to measure how your ear drum and hearing react to varying degrees of air pressure.

STEP FOUR:  TREATMENT OPTIONS
Hearing Systems
Hearing Systems come in a variety of designs and with a wide range of functions and features to address an individual’s specific needs.  The most basic components include a microphone, an amplifier, a receiver, and (in the case of digital hearing systems) a small computer.  The unprecedented effectiveness of modern digital systems comes from a powerful combination of professional expertise, software and hardware.

Surgery & Implants
Devices surgically inserted into the ear to improve hearing, facilitate lip-reading, and make it easier to distinguish certain sounds.  These are typically most helpful to deaf or profoundly hearing impaired people who cannot use hearing systems.

A few examples of surgical implants:

  • Cochlear Implants
  • Middle Ear Implants
  • Bone-Anchored Hearing Systems
  • Auditory Brainstem Implants

Assistive Listening Devices
Specialized technologies that help people with all degrees of hearing loss.  These devices can facilitate improved face-to-face communication, reception of electronic media, telephone reception, and reception of important warning sounds and situations.