Hearing Aids and Background Noise

Background noise used to be the main complaint by hearing instrument users: they could hear well in quiet situations but not in noisy ones. However, improved performance in background noise has been the main contribution of recent hearing instrument technology. Today, many modern hearing instruments can provide dual microphones, multiple memories, and special digital noise reduction systems that cut down the background noise quite significantly, making communication a lot easier even in noisy situations. Continue reading “Hearing Aids and Background Noise”

8 Questions You Should Ask A Hearing Professional Before You Commit To An Appointment

1. Are you an Audioprosthologist?

Audioprosthologists hold advanced training from an accredited university and have special training in the identification, assessment and non-medical treatment of hearing disorders. They must complete a first year’s masters program. They must pass a demanding national examination. They are also usually licensed as Hearing Instrument Specialist and licensed by the state they practice in. Continue reading “8 Questions You Should Ask A Hearing Professional Before You Commit To An Appointment”

What is an Audioprosthologist

marc_audioprosthologyAn audioprosthologist is a highly trained professional that holds a certificate of completion by the International Hearing Society. The International Hearing Society is an international society of hearing healthcare professionals who adhere to a strict code of ethical standards. Audioprosthologist’s in Florida also hold a State license from the Department of Health as a Hearing Instrument Specialist. An audioprosthologist is able to assess hearing loss, provide hearing rehabilitation treatments, cerumen management (clean the external ear canal of wax buildup) and refer medical conditions to a physician.

Audioprosthologist’s conduct a wide variety of hearing assessments to determine the nature of an individual’s hearing disorder. They are responsible for the non-medical management and rehabilitation of hearing loss. As a result, they are able to present a variety of treatment options, which include evaluating, prescribing, fitting hearing instruments along with other devices and counseling. They conduct follow up consultations after Continue reading “What is an Audioprosthologist”

Solutions To Hearing Loss

There are things that can be done to relieve hearing problems. And the sooner they are attended to, the easier it is to help resolve them. Don’t wait until your hearing loss is well established before seeking help.

Damaged hearing cells cannot yet be replaced in humans but modern hearing instruments can improve high frequency hearing as well as most types of hearing losses, making conversation easier even in noisy situations. Continue reading “Solutions To Hearing Loss”

Hearing Loss in Infants/Children

Can Your Baby/Child Hear?

Hearing loss is a hidden handicap because children, especially infants and toddlers, cannot tell us that they don’t hear.

No disability impacts an infant’s or child’s ability to communicate with the world as severely as hearing loss. Profound hearing loss isolates the infant in a cocoon of silence. Even mild hearing loss (35 dB HL), left untreated, inflicts learning disabilities which may never be overcome. The severity of these learning disabilities is generally related to the length of time the hearing loss is left untreated. Continue reading “Hearing Loss in Infants/Children”

Hearing Loss

Types of Hearing Loss

There are four categories of hearing loss:
central, conductive, sensory-neural, and mixed.

Central Hearing Loss

This least common form of hearing impairment occurs as a result of a problem in the central auditory system. Although the outer, middle and inner ear parts deliver sound signals, they are not processed by the brain. Sound amplification does not address this type of dysfunction. Continue reading “Hearing Loss”