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Research shows that untreated hearing loss is linked to a higher risk for developing dementia, depression and auditory deprivation (the reduction in the ability to understand speech).
Research shows that there are many consequences to untreated hearing loss, these include, but are not limited to the following:
Fatigue & Embarrassment
Avoiding social situations
Loneliness and social isolation
Impaired memory & less adaptability to learning new tasks
Reduced overall psychological health
Negative impact on overall job effectiveness
When you come into our offices our clinicians will obtain a thorough case history and discuss what your main goals are. From there we will perform Otoscopy by looking in your ears to ensure they are free of wax or any medical abnormalities. Using our state of the art equipment we will then perform Immittance Testing by putting a small ear phone in your ear to evaluate the status of your ear drum and middle ear. Pure Tone Audiometry and Speech testing are then completed in a sound proof room where you will wear earphones and be asked to respond to a variety of beeps and repeat back words. Upon completion of the hearing test, our clinicians will take the time to explain the results and provide you with recommendations based on your case history, hearing test results and personal lifestyle.
There are many different hearing aid styles and hearing aid manufacturers that Hearing Excellence can provide for you. Each and every patient is different and their hearing aid prescription is based on their individual lifestyle. With that said, however, the majority of hearing aid users choose to go with the Receiver-in-the-Ear style hearing device due to its comfort, discreetness and ability to fit a wide range of hearing losses.
There are different types of hearing losses, those that can be improved by medical management (like an ear infection) and those that can be improved with a hearing aid. Hearing losses that cannot be improved by medical management are candidates for hearing aids. Even with mild hearing losses, it is important to take early action with hearing aids to reduce the risk of auditory deprivation. Auditory deprivation occurs when the auditory pathways are not stimulated, causing them to weaken, resulting in the reduction in the ability to understand speech.
It is recommended that you keep a spare set of old hearing aids, that way if your current hearing aids every need to go in for repair you have a temporary solution during the repair period. If you have accumulated more hearing aids over the years, Hearing Excellence accepts donation hearing aids that can be used in our Donations Program.
There is a lot of innovation in hearing technologies. Leading hearing aid manufacturers invest heavily in R&D and launch new products and features regularly. Hearing aids are quite robust, the average lifespan of a hearing aid is approximately 5 years. However, as your hearing changes and the technologies evolve, your clinician would recommend the best time to change or upgrade your device.
The cost of a hearing aid varies. It could range from few hundred dollars to a few thousand. The variation in cost is due to an individual’s hearing loss as well as hearing needs. The average cost of a hearing device is approximately $1500. There are many options available for size, special features and placement of the hearing aid.
Yes, there are many products that you can purchase through hearing excellence to protect your ears. The sound plugs are custom made for your ears and have many different functions such as: Swimming, Noise, Sleep and Musician plugs. Many of these ear plugs block out harmful sounds while allowing you to hear clearly in high quality.
Absolutely! Technology has advanced in remarkable ways in the past few years, some hearing aids are smaller than a coffee bean! While others come in discreet or bright colours.
Yes, there are plenty of treatment options for Tinnitus. There is no need to suffer with Tinnitus, some examples are sound therapy, hearing devices, change in diet and many more. Hearing Excellence has a unique and effective Tinnitus program to treat Tinnitus.
If you are experiencing hearing loss, pain, irritation or abnormal sounds such as ringing or drumming, it is important to see an audiologist immediately.
It is always the right time. Your hearing should be assessed at least once per year to ensure that your ears and hearing are healthy.