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Hearing aids receive sound through a microphone and transmit it into the ear through a speaker. Your hearing aids will be programmed by our hearing instrument specialist to provide you with the perfect amplification to help you hear sounds. The hearing aid system is complex, but on a basic level hearing aids amplify sounds while filtering out background noise.

Hearing aids typically last between 3-7 years, depending on how well you care for them. When brought in for regular maintenance and cleanings, hearing aids can last you for many years. Many hearing aid brands release new technology every 3 years. For this reason, many patients like to upgrade their hearing aids every 3-5 years to take advantage of the new technology.

No. Rechargeable hearing aids have built-in batteries that do not require regular removal. If you have rechargeable hearing aids you will simply place your hearing aids on their charger at night, like you would do with your cell phone, and in the morning, you will have fully charged devices!

If you are experiencing a sudden loss of hearing, whether in both ears or just one, make an appointment with us immediately. We can look inside your ears at your eardrum and perform a hearing evaluation. Hearing loss should be treated immediately so you don’t lose your ability to recognize speech.

Hearing loss can be caused by a number of factors, such as the aging process, exposure to loud noise, medications, ear infections, head or ear trauma, or genetic factors. During your hearing evaluation we can determine the cause of your hearing loss and we will help you find a treatment plan.  

Yes, there are different degrees of hearing loss. The results of your hearing test are plotted on a chart called an audiogram. Loudness is plotted from top to bottom. The top of the graph is very quiet and the bottom of the graph is very loud. Frequency, or pitch, from low to high, is plotted from left to right. Hearing level (HL) is measured in decibels (dB) and is described in general categories. The degrees of hearing loss are as follows:

  • Normal hearing (0-25 dB HL)
  • Mild hearing loss (26-40 dB HL)
  • Moderate hearing loss (41-70dB HL)
  • Severe hearing loss (71-90 dB HL)
  • Profound hearing loss (greater than 91 dB HL)

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