Read some of the most frequently asked questions about hearing problems and hearing aids. We have been in this profession for over 30 years and have strong relations with the local medical community. You can ask your doctor about us. References are available and welcome!
How can I recognize a hearing problem?
Most of the time hearing loss begins gradually, without discomfort or pain. What's more, family members often learn to adapt to it, without even realizing they are doing it. Here are some questions to ask yourself to determine whether hearing loss is present:
1. Do I often ask people to repeat themselves?
2. Do I have trouble following conversations with more than two people?
3. Do I have difficulty hearing what is said, unless I’m facing the speaker?
4. Does it sound like other people are mumbling or slurring their words?
5. Do I struggle to hear in crowded places like restaurants, church, and meeting rooms?
6. Do I have a hard time hearing women or children?
7. Do I prefer the TV or radio volume louder than others?
8. Do I experience ringing or buzzing in my ears?
If you answered “Yes” to 2 or more of these, you should consider scheduling an appointment for a hearing evaluation.
If I had a hearing loss, wouldn't my family doctor have told me?
Only about 13% of physicians routinely screen for hearing loss. Since most people with hearing impairments hear just fine in quiet environments (like your doctor's office), it can be very difficult for your physician to recognize this problem. Only a trained hearing professional can determine the severity of your hearing problem, whether or not you could benefit from a hearing aid, and which type would be the best for you.
What causes hearing loss?
There are several causes. The main ones include excessive noise, genetics, birth defects, infections to the head or ear, aging, and reaction to drugs or cancer treatment.
Which professions are at most risk for hearing loss?
Some of the highest risk professions include factory workers, construction workers, heavy industry workers, firefighters, police officers, farmers, military personnel, musicians, and entertainment industry professionals.
Aren't there operations or medications I can take for hearing loss?
Only 5% of hearing loss in adults can be improved medically or surgically. The vast majority of Americans with hearing loss (95%) are treated with hearing aids.
Will a hearing aid actually restore my hearing?
While no hearing aid (except in cases of very mild hearing loss) can restore your hearing to normal, hearing aids will allow you to hear soft sounds that you couldn't hear before, and will prevent loud sounds from becoming uncomfortably loud for you.
Will I be able to hear in noisy places?
While no hearing aid can filter out all background noise, hearing devices can reduce some types of background noise so that you can enjoy conversation and improve communication in places like restaurants, business meetings, and social gatherings.
How much will a hearing aid cost?
The price of a hearing aid will vary depending on the specific model and features you need. Whatever the final cost, Vitali & Associates offers bottom-line prices. You should also check to see if you qualify for free or discounted hearing aids from your employer, union, the Veterans Administration, insurance provider, HMO, or local charity (such as Lions Club).
What if I have a problem with my hearing aid? Is there a guarantee?
You can typically expect a 30-day trial period, as well as a limited manufacturer's warranty. But it's important to give yourself a reasonable chance to adjust to your hearing aid.
So if I think I've got a hearing problem, what do I do?
You need to make an appointment with a hearing professional for an evaluation, consultation, and hearing test.
Should I consider purchasing a hearing aid online?
We believe that you achieve the best possible results with your hearing aids by consulting with a hearing aid professional in person, so we do not endorse retailers selling over the Internet.