How do I know if I have hearing loss?

Some people have noticed that the signs of hearing difficulty may be very apparent – you may realize that you have a reduced ability to communicate, especially in large groups, or find conversations are difficult to follow. If you think that you might be suffering from hearing loss, it is important to seek the help of a professional to ensure that the symptoms are not a sign of another ailment of disease. To determine whether or not you are suffering from hearing loss, you should make an appointment with an audiologist for a hearing test. He or she will be able to fully assess your hearing ability.

What are the signs of hearing loss?

The first, most commonly recognized sign of hearing loss  is difficulty with everyday conversations either face-to-face or over the phone. You may find that people are “mumbling,” miss pieces of information, or ask people to repeat themselves more often. Some people also find that they have to turn up the volume on their entertainment to hear the sound properly. These signs are often spotted by those around you before you notice them yourself.

Are there multiple types of hearing loss?

There are two main types of hearing loss – Conductive and Sensorineural hearing loss. Conductive hearing loss is caused by interference with the sound from the outer and/or middle ear. Sensorineural hearing loss (often called nerve loss) is a result of disorders of the inner ear or the auditory nerve itself. It is also possible for a person to suffer both types hearing loss.

How will a hearing aid help me?

Hearing loss can be very frustrating. You may have difficulty joining conversations with your friends, family, or colleagues. You may find that you are unable to keep up and are often asking people to repeat themselves, which can be very challenging, especially in social situations. By using a hearing aid, you will be able to enjoy conversations without strain, listen to television and music with clarity, and have normal phone conversations.

Are there different types of hearing aids to choose from?

When buying a hearing aid (link), you have several options, you can get Fully Digital In-The-Canal (ITC) Hearing Aids, Fully Digital Receiver-In-Canal (RIC) Hearing Aids, and fully digital Receiver-In-The-Canal (RIC) Hearing Aids. ITCs are placed directly into the ear canal and are quite small in size, which can render them virtually undetectable. RICs sit behind the ear and have a small tube that inserts directly into the ear canal. This makes them slightly more visible than ITCs.

What should I consider before buying hearing aids?

Recommendations vary from person-to-person, depending on the nature and extent of your hearing loss as well as the size and shape of your outer ear. Your audiologist will make suggestions on which hearing aid best meets your personal needs, however, for many people aesthetics play a large part in selecting a hearing aid. Most wearers prefer a smaller, less visible option, such as the Receive-In-Canal (RIC or CIC) devices.

How much do hearing aids cost?

The cost of hearing aids can vary greatly based on whether you buy online or locally in Santa Fe, and whether you are paying retail or wholesale prices.

Will I have to wear two hearing aids?

Each individual has different needs; therefore, an audiologist will need to assess your hearing before suggesting how many hearing aids you will need. Many people agree there are benefits gained when wearing two hearing aids, with a main reason being having a more “even” hearing experience. Some also believe that wearing two aids provides better clarity of sound, allowing them to hear better in loud environments.

How often do hearing aid batteries need to be changed?

This will depend heavily on how much power is required, how often it is used, and what type of hearing aid it is. Battery life varies greatly from a few days to weeks or longer. Always read the instructions on battery replacement carefully and be aware of ways to maximize the life of the batteries to ultimately reduce ongoing costs.

What kids of hearing aids do you carry?

We offer a wide range of affordable hearing aids – from Fully Digital In-The-Canal Hearing Aids, Receiver-In-Canal (RIC) to Fully Behind-The-Ear (BTE) hearing aids. We have a variety of reliable hearing aid choices to suit your individual needs and lifestyle.

How can I contact you to get service for hearing aids?

Give us a call at (505) 466-7526.

If I have questions on hearing aids, what are your office hours?

We are open Monday – Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Fridays 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. We are currently seeing patients by appointment only.