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Common Myths About Hearing Tests & Hearing Loss

May 25, 2016

What do you really know about hearing tests and hearing loss? With so many myths out there, it’s hard to separate fact from fiction. Take a look at the truth behind these common hearing myths:

Hearing loss only affects older people.
Many younger people feel that they don’t need hearing tests because they’re under the impression that hearing loss only affects the elderly. However, that is definitely not the case. A number of factors can lead to hearing loss, and age is only one of them. In fact, only 35% of individuals who have been diagnosed with hearing loss are over the age of 64. Hearing loss does not discriminate based on age, so if you are experiencing any symptoms, ask your doctor about hearing tests. Learn more about the prevalence of hearing loss here.

My doctor would have mentioned hearing tests to me if I needed one.
Even if you go in for routine physicals with a medical professional, that doesn’t mean that your hearing has been properly screened.  According to the Better Hearing Institute, only 14% of doctors screen for hearing loss during these annual physicals, so unless you’re specifically asking for it, it’s probably not being done. If you have any concerns about your hearing capabilities, discuss hearing tests with your doctor.

Only people who are practically deaf need hearing aids.
After hearing tests, the audiologist or hearing loss professional will discuss your results with you. If it is determined that you have some degree of hearing loss, a hearing aid may be a suggested treatment option. However, hearing aids are not for everyone. Their use depends on what type of lifestyle you have, the degree of your hearing loss, and how well you want to hear in your everyday life. In many cases, those with mild cases of hearing loss will want to use hearing aids. The bottom line is hearing aids are not limited to those who are suffering from severe hearing impairment.

Hearing loss is untreatable.
Often, people will argue that there’s no point to hearing tests because hearing loss is untreatable. Although many types of hearing loss were not treatable decades ago, with modern advancements in technology, there are many more options available today. You should never put off hearing tests because you believe that there is no solution to your hearing loss. Voice your concerns to your doctor so he or she can thoroughly explain the many treatment options.

Hearing aids are unsightly and make you look old.
Are you putting off hearing tests because you don’t want to get stuck with an unattractive hearing aid? There are endless options to choose from when it comes to hearing aids, so don’t believe the myth that you will look old and handicapped while wearing one. Many hearing aids today are made to fit into your ear canal so they’re practically invisible to bystanders.

If your loss of hearing requires the use of a hearing aid, contact Resonance Hearing Aids with any questions or concerns that you may have. The team of experts at Resonance Hearing Aids is standing by to help match you to the hearing aid that best suits your individual needs and lifestyle.

Does Your Child Need a Hearing Test?

May 18, 2016

Over three million children, including four out of every thousand newborns, suffer from some degree of hearing loss. Because it is so common, it’s important that parents learn how to identify signs of hearing loss in children so they can seek professional help. Parents, learn more about children’s hearing health and keep your eyes peeled for these signs that could mean it’s time for a hearing test:

Turns up the volume too loud.
Does your child dial up the volume on the TV or radio to an uncomfortable level? Some parents may chalk this up to kids being kids, but the reality is that it could mean your child needs a hearing test. How can you tell? If you feel like it’s too loud, but your child does not seem bothered by the volume, he or she could need a hearing test. If your child is not in control of the volume on the TV or radio, check any headphones that he or she does use to see how the volume is set.

Does not respond to environmental sounds.
Kids will naturally jump or become startled at loud, sudden noises. Even newborns will typically begin to babble, fidget or cry when exposed to noise. If your child does not exhibit this kind of behavior, it may be time for a hearing test to determine if there is hearing loss. The same applies to when children do not respond to their name being called even if you’re saying it repeatedly and within a close distance.

Delay in speech development.
Young children learn new words by listening to and imitating people around them. If a child is suffering from hearing loss, however, he or she cannot properly hear and therefore will have a delay in speaking skills. Have you noticed that your child is lagging behind in speech development? Although it may take a while for children to learn how to put together full sentences, they should start learning words for items around the house early on. If you notice any abnormalities in your child’s speech development, you may want to discuss this with a doctor and ask if a hearing test is appropriate.   

Cannot locate a sound.
Can your child locate where sounds are coming from? Look for subtle signs that your child is having trouble identifying where a sound originates. For example, take a walk outside and see if he or she can tell where the barking dog or singing bird is located. Even if your child can hear the noise, if he or she cannot figure out where it’s coming from, this could indicate hearing loss and signal the need for a hearing test.

If your child’s loss of hearing requires the use of a hearing aid, contact Resonance Hearing Aids with any questions or concerns that you may have. The team of experts at Resonance Hearing Aids is standing by to help match your child to the hearing aid that best suits his or her needs and lifestyle.

After your Audiogram Results: New to Hearing Aids? Tips to Adjust

May 11, 2016

Our sense of hearing occurs by our ears using vibrations that we perceive as sound. The brain processes these sounds, and after time of not being able to hear, we lose that ability. There are many ways that hearing loss can occur, and it can be intimidating at first. Plus, depending on how long you went without getting an audiogram and finding a solution for your loss, it can be difficult to get skills back for speech and hearing noises. Hearing aids will help you. Here are some tips and things to know for those new to wearing aids.
  1. Take Time to Adjust: Just as it takes you time to adjust to anything, it takes time to get used to wearing new hearing aids. You need to take small steps. You most likely will not be able to put your hearing aids in and leave them in all day. Work your way up by wearing them more and more each day until you adjust. Also, since your brain has not been able to perceive certain sounds for a period of time, you will need to re-teach yourself. One of the best ways to do this is read things out loud to yourself and also listen to others making those sounds. Pay attention to everything around you and keep track of your thoughts for your doctor.
  2. Involve Friends and Family: As you adjust to your lifestyle and life with hearing aids, you are not in this alone. Involve those close to you in your journey; include some visits to your audiologist as you adjust to the near hearing aids. By bringing them to your visits and meetings it can also help them understand what you are going through and how they can help you adjust.
  3. Brace for the Small Things: When you are wearing your new hearing aids, background noise might be overwhelming or a nuisance to hear all the small noises that you hadn’t before. From buzzes and beeps, to clicks and steps. It can seem very loud and unpleasant. Know that this sensation will be temporary. The longer you wear and adjust to your new hearing aids, all of these noises will normalize out and will not seem as loud. From the small noises to adjusting with family, 40-year hearing aid user Gael Hannan shared her experiences on The Hearing Review, which can be helpful for those adjusting to new hearing aids.
  4. Take Care of Your New Hearing Aids: As with any new piece of technology, be sure to take care of your hearing aids so they can maintain their quality. After taking them out, always leave them in a safe place where they will not get knocked off or lost. If things do go wrong with them, do not try to fix them yourself. Talk to your local store where you purchased them from on what your issues are so you do not break them. Also, definitely ask your audiologist questions if you have any questions about them as you go in for routine hearing tests.
While you may have to pay for hearing aids to be able to get that ability back, you do not have to pay an arm and a leg. At Resonance Hearing Aids, we offer premier hearing aids at prices lower than you would normally pay. We will also help you with knowledge to clean and maintain your devices so they last as long as possible. Read some of the most common hearing aid questions from our customers and give us a call at 720-660-8960 for help getting started.

Information and Hearing Test Resources for Parents with Children Experiencing Hearing Loss

May 4, 2016

It is a scary experience for parents with children experiencing hearing loss. Whether the child is a newborn or in grade school, it is a scary experience. However, with a quick hearing test, you can determine your child’s situation and get on a path to make their situation better. Below are tips to work through a difficult situation.
  1. Early Hearing Detection and Intervention: Did you know it is a United States law that every newborn must have their hearing tested before they are allowed to leave the hospital? The practice is called Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI). This allows parents to rest assured after their child is born to know the initial status of their hearing. Babies that do not pass the screening will come back before they are three months old to be re-evaluated until they are six months old. Parents can find more information about screening and evaluations from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA).
  2. Technology and Methods: Depending on the severity of your child’s hearing loss, you have a few different options that may be recommended by your doctor. First, hearing aids are one of the most common ways of improving your children’s hearing loss and provide a normal happy life. However, sometimes a hearing aid is not enough for those with extensive loss. In this instance, your doctor may recommend a cochlear implant placed within your child’s inner ear to help them pick up sound.
  3. Hearing Rehabilitation: Audio rehabilitation will help your child manage their hearing loss and adapt to their new hearing loss device. By working with a specialist, your child will be able to learn how to communicate with others better. These appointments can be great for both the child or the family as a group to help you as a parent achieve a better understanding of what your child is going through.  These services will also help to improve your child’s speech, assist them with picking up visuals and handling noises and experiences with their hearing device.
  4. Financial Assistance: If you're in need of assistance paying for devices to improve your child’s hearing, it's out there. First, look at your health insurance and see how much is put toward hearing devices. Next, 20 states including Colorado have state insurance mandates for hearing aids. According to ASHA, law requires insurance providers to cover hearing aids for those the age of 18 when they are in need. This will provide funds for a new hearing aid every five years or if their current device no longer meets their needs. They explain coverage also includes initial assessment, fitting, adjustments and their auditory training. Visit the Funding Resources through Local Agencies/Programs for more assistance options.
Upon a diagnosis after your child’s hearing test, Resonance Hearing Aids will work with you to find the best quality products at a great price! So if you are in need of financial assistance, our selection of hearing aids will help you save money by eliminating unnecessary costs. Browse through our selection to find the best fit for your child. Need help? Give us a call at 720-660-8960.

After the Hearing Test: How Hearing Loss Can Be Treated

April 27, 2016

A hearing test is the first step in figuring out whether or not your hearing loss needs to be treated. There are several types of hearing loss including conductive, sensorineural and mixed, and treatment can vary greatly depending on which type you have. Before learning about the treatment options for hearing loss, it’s important that you have an understanding of the three types of hearing loss.

If a hearing test and doctor consultation revealed that you have conductive hearing loss, treatments can vary greatly depending on the cause.
  • If the cause of your conductive hearing loss is a malformation, dysfunctional middle ear structure or congenital absence, you will most likely need surgery to correct the issue. Many doctors may suggest first trying a hearing aid before resorting to surgery.
  • Another cause of conductive hearing loss is infection. With an acute infection, the hearing loss can be treated with antibiotics, however chronic ear infections may require surgery.
  • Head trauma can also cause conductive hearing loss and require surgery to repair any damage done to the inner ear structure.
  • Otosclerosis, a condition where a bony fixation blocks sound from traveling to the middle ear, is either treated with surgery or the help of a hearing aid.
Because there are so many different causes and treatments of conductive hearing loss, it’s always important to discuss your treatment options with a doctor.

If the results of a hearing test and a doctor’s examination determine that your hearing loss is sensorineural, there are various treatment options available, depending on the cause of your hearing loss:
  • When the cause is exposure to loud music, corticosteroids can be used to reduce the inner ear swelling and help you regain the ability to hear.
  • Emergency surgery is typically needed for sensorineural hearing loss caused by head trauma or a sudden descent, such as those in emergency airplane landings.
  • Corticosteroids and drug therapy can be used to treat autoimmune inner ear disease that causes sensorineural hearing loss. With this condition, the immune system mistakenly attacks the inner ear structure, causing impaired hearing.
  • Unfortunately, irreversible sensorineural hearing loss is the most common type diagnosed after a hearing test. For this condition, you must manage your hearing loss with hearing aids or cochlear implants, depending on the severity.
If you have been diagnosed with sensorineural hearing loss after undergoing a hearing test, be sure to talk to your doctor about the different treatment options available.

Some physicians recommend treating the conductive hearing loss issues before moving on to sensorineural. Talk to your doctor about a treatment plant that best suits your individual needs.

If your loss of hearing requires the use of a hearing aid, contact Resonance Hearing Aids with any questions or concerns that you may have. The team of experts at Resonance Hearing Aids is standing by to help match you to the hearing aid that best suits your individual needs and lifestyle.