Hearing loss (HL) refers to a partial or total inability to hear. It is the third most common physical condition after arthritis and heart disease. It is called an invisible condition; since we cannot see it but can only feel its effects. These effects may be attributed to aloofness, confusion, or personality changes.
HL can be present at birth (congenital) leading to speech and language delay with communication difficulties for life, if untreated. It may also become evident later in life (acquired) causing work related difficulties. People who are experiencing HL may refrain from taking part in conversations, may turn the volume up high on the radio or TV, and may frequently ask others to repeat what they have said.
At Speranza we assist patients with different hearing tests including Pure Tone Audiometry and Impedance Audiometry.
If you answered yes to any of these questions it is time to have your Hearing tested.
We have a special understanding of each patients need for support, encouragement, counselling and instruction while learning to use their hearing instruments most effectively. It is our goal to help the patient reach his or her best hearing potential.
The earlier a hearing loss is detected, the better the outcome for language and speech development in children and communication skills in adults
Hearing loss is a problem that can be very unique from person to person. We spend as much time as necessary with each individual to find out how we can best help them hear the things that are most important to them. We are here to serve you, your family members and loved ones, and to make your experience with us, whether through our website or at one of our five offices, as gratifying and successful as can be.
Perhaps you've thought about getting a hearing aid, but you're worried about how it will look and wonder whether it will really help. Knowing more about the hearing aid options available to you, what to look for when buying a hearing aid and how to break it in may help alleviate some of your concerns.
All hearing aids contain the same parts to carry sound from the environment into your ear. However, hearing aids do come in a number of styles, which differ in size and the way they're placed in your ear. Some are small enough to fit inside your ear canal, making them almost invisible. Others fit partially in your ear canal. Generally, the smaller a hearing aid is, the less powerful it is, the shorter its battery life and the more it'll cost.
The following are common hearing aid styles.
Completely-in-the-canal hearing aids are molded to fit inside your ear canal and can improve mild to moderate hearing loss in adults.
A completely-in-the-canal hearing aid:
An in-the-canal hearing aid is custom molded and fits partly in the ear canal, but not as deeply as the completely-in-the-canal aid. This hearing aid can improve mild to moderate hearing loss in adults.
An in-the-canal hearing aid:
A smaller version of the in-the-canal hearing aid, the half-shell is custom molded and fills the lower portion of the bowl-shaped area of your outer ear. This style is appropriate for mild to moderately severe hearing loss.
A half-shell hearing aid:
An in-the-ear (full-shell) hearing aid is custom made and fills most of the bowl-shaped area of your outer ear. This style is helpful for people with mild to severe hearing loss.
An in-the-ear (full-shell) hearing aid:
Behind-the-ear hearing aids hook over the top of your ear and rest behind the ear. The hearing aid picks up sound, amplifies it and carries the amplified sound to an ear mold that fits inside your ear canal. This type of aid is appropriate for almost all types of hearing loss and for people of all ages.
A behind-the-ear hearing aid:
These are usually very small behind-the-ear-style devices, although larger behind-the-ear devices can be modified for a more fit. Sound travels from the instrument through a small tube or wire to a tiny dome or speaker in the ear canal. These aids leave the ear canal open, so they're best for mild to moderate high-frequency losses where low-frequency hearing is still normal or near normal.
An open-fit hearing aid:
Hearing aid electronics control how sound is transferred from the environment to your inner ear. All hearing aids amplify sounds, making them louder so that you can hear them better. Most hearing aid manufacturers now only produce digital hearing aids — analog hearing aids are being phased out.
With digital technology, a computer chip converts the incoming sound into digital code, then analyzes and adjusts the sound based on your hearing loss, listening needs and the level of the sounds around you. The signals are then converted back into sound waves and delivered to your ears. The result is sound that's more finely tuned to your hearing loss. Digital hearing aids are available in all styles and price ranges.
Some hearing aid options improve your ability to hear in specific situations: