Q: What is involved in a hearing test?
A: At Meridian Hearing, we perform the full hearing test battery. Your health care practitioner will first sit down with you and discuss your hearing challenges and medical history. Next, they will use an otoscope to examine your ear canals and ear drums. Then they will measure your middle ear health by performing an immittance test. In a soundproof booth, the practitioner will insert foam plugs into your ears. They will then present you with a series of beeps at various pitches and volumes. You are asked to indicate when you hear a beep and repeat words when presented. The clinician will record your results on an audiogram.
Q: How do I know if I have a hearing problem?
A: Since hearing loss usually happens gradually, it can be difficult to realize that you aren’t hearing as well as you did 20 years ago. A good indicator that it is time to get your hearing checked is if you notice you are asking people to repeat themselves frequently or if you are having difficulty hearing in crowds. Another sign is if you or someone you live with notices you have been turning the TV up quite loud.
Q: Are there different types of hearing loss?
A: Yes, there are so many different types of hearing loss. The most common type of hearing loss is called “presbycusis.” This means age-related. There is also noise-induced hearing loss, congenital hearing loss and sudden hearing loss. These are just a few examples of the most common types of hearing loss.
Q: Will a hearing aid restore my hearing?
A: Unfortunately, hearing aids are exactly that… an aid. While they cannot bring back the hearing you have lost they can greatly help out what you have left.
Q: Do I need 2 hearing aids?
A: It is certainly best to get 2 hearing aids if you have bilateral hearing loss. The reason for this is that your ears work together. As a team they localize sounds and provide more clarity to the sounds all around you. Hearing from both ears will also help you feel more balanced and will cause less stress to your brain. It is also important to wear 2 hearing aids for a bilateral loss to prevent auditory deprivation. If you only wear one hearing aid, only one nerve gets stimulated with sound. The auditory nerve on the opposite ear will not get stimulated and may deteriorate. While this does not mean that your hearing will worsen in the unaided ear, speech may become distorted.
Q: How long do hearing aids last?
A: You can typically get at least 5 years out of your hearing aids.
Q: When should I wear my hearing aids?
A: My favourite way to answer this question is to tell you to wear them like you wear your pants. You don’t wear your pants to bed, or in the shower but you wear them for the rest of the day. The goal is when you put your pants on in the morning, put your hearing aids on and then take them off when you go to bed at night. The only exception to this rule would be if you were working in a noisy environment such as mowing the lawn. In those situations it would be more beneficial to wear hearing protection.
Q: Will hearing aids interfere with my glasses?
A: Nope! You should be able to wear both comfortably. If you have a hearing aid that goes behind your ear, just ensure that you take your glasses straight off of your face instead of pulling them to one side. This will ensure the hearing aids stay in place.
Q: Where can I get my hearing tested?
A: Meridian Hearing has many conveniently located clinics. Contact us today to book an appointment!