Questions About Hearing Health

Answers to Common Questions about Hearing Health

What is a Hearing Evaluation?
Hearing tests, or hearing evaluations, are conducted by an audiologists using an audiometer to measure the sensitivity of a person’s sense of hearing at different frequencies.

How Long Does a Hearing Aid Fitting Take?
Most hearing aid fitting appointments take about an hour to complete, but may take longer as hearing health specialists must ensure hearing aids fit comfortably and that patients know how to operate them.

What are the different types of hearing loss?
There are three primary types of hearing loss including: sensorineural hearing loss, conductive hearing loss and mixed hearing loss. Some audiologists suggest a fourth type, auditory processing disorders.

What is an Auditory Procesing Disorder?
An auditory processing disorder affects the ability to understand speech. The condition can not be cured but treatments include environmental modifications (such as hearing aids or assistive listening devices). Many believe that auditory processing disorders are associated with ear infections, premature birth or head trauma.

What are the first signs of hearing loss?
There are several initial signs of hearing loss including difficulty hearing consonants, difficulty hearing in noisy environments, and asking others to speak more slowly and loudly.

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