How do I know if I have hearing loss?
To determine whether or not you are suffering from hearing loss, you should make an appointment with an audiologist and undergo a hearing test. He or she will be able to fully assess your hearing ability. 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 that 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.
What are the signs of hearing loss?
The first, most commonly recognized sign of hearing loss is difficulty with everyday conversations either in face to face situations or using the telephone. 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. There are many signs of hearing loss, and quite often, they can be spotted by those around you family, friends, and colleagues.
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-in on conversations with your friends, family, or colleagues and phone conversations can be particularly hard. 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. It can be very upsetting for you, and tough for those around you to understand. By using a hearing aid, you will be able to enjoy conversations without strain, listen to television and music with clarity, and help you regain a more comfortable hearing experience.
Are there different types of canal hearing aids to choose from?
When buying a hearing aid, 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. RIC hearing aids sit behind the ear and have a small tube that inserts directly into the ear canal. This makes the hearing aids slightly more visible than an ITC aid.
What should I consider before buying hearing aids?
The type of hearing aid recommended will vary from person-to-person, depending on the nature and extent 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 the hearing aid selection process. Most wearers prefer a smaller, less visible option, such as the Receive-In-Canal (RIC or CIC) devices. Some hearing aids can be virtually invisible, whereas others tend to resemble your natural skin tone.
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 that there are benefits gained when wearing two hearing aids. The top reason being you can experience a more ‘even’ hearing experience when wearing two hearing aids. Some also believe that wearing two aids provides better clarity of sound, allowing them to hear better in loud environments. Speak to a licensed professional or audiologist to establish your hearing needs before purchasing hearing aids.
How often do hearing aid batteries need to be changed?
This will weigh heavily on how much power the is required by the hearing aid, how often it is used, and what type and make 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 kinds of hearing aids do you carry?
We offer a wide range of affordable hearing aids – from Fully Digital In-The-Canal Hearing Aids Receive-In-Canal (RIC) to Fully Behind-The-Ear (BTE) hearing aids, we have the perfect hearing aid choice to suit your individual needs and lifestyle.
How can I contact you to get service for hearing aids?
If you have any questions about Eldorado Audiology and Hearing Center, our products, or general queries, you can contact us using any of the following options:
Via phone: 505-466-7526
Address: 5 Caliente Road #5A, Santa Fe, NM 87508
If I have questions on hearing aids what are your office hours?
We are open Mon. – Thurs. 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Fri. 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.