How do hearing aids work?

How do hearing aids actually work? What makes them so effective at helping people with hearing loss hear more clearly and naturally? These are really important questions that most people will ask when thinking about getting their first hearing aids. Let’s explore how modern technology transforms a hearing aid into so much more than just an amplifier with a loudspeaker attached. All modern hearing aids still feature these essential components: Microphones Amplifier Computer chip Loudspeaker Battery In simple terms, the microphone picks up sounds, the [...]

Can hearing loss be treated with surgery or medicines?

Many people hope their hearing loss can be cured through surgery or drugs. We would love to say that there is a miracle cure or a magical silver bullet for hearing loss. However, surgery or drugs are effective in only around 5% of hearing loss cases. Whether or not surgical intervention can cure your hearing loss depends on your specific type of hearing loss. Conductive hearing loss is one type that is often treatable with surgery. Conductive hearing loss [...]

What are the most common causes of hearing loss?

Our ability to hear and understand sound is an extraordinarily complex process. A wide range of issues can cause hearing loss at any point in that process but the most common causes of hearing loss include: Aging Excessive noise Ear infections Injury to the head or ear Birth defects or genetics Reactions to drugs Not all hearing loss is permanent but seeking urgent expert advice is always vital if you want to preserve your hearing. If you are concerned about your hearing you should visit an [...]

If I had hearing loss, wouldn’t my doctor tell me?

Many people expect their doctors to be mind readers or even psychic in their ability to magically identify what’s wrong with them. And when it comes to hearing loss some patients think “if I had hearing loss, wouldn’t my doctor tell me?” There are some important reasons why your doctor might not detect your hearing loss. To begin with, doctors frequently lack the resources, including time and training, to accurately assess your hearing problem. Some of the reasons why your [...]

Common Signs of Hearing Loss

What are common signs of hearing loss? Hearing loss is more common than you might think. Unfortunately, many people suffer from hearing loss and aren’t even aware they have a problem. So, what are the common signs of hearing loss and why don’t people realise they have a hearing problem? For most people hearing loss is a gradual process especially when it’s age-related. Nearly one in three people aged 65 experiences a gradual decline in hearing sensitivity. Between the ages of [...]

Will hearing aids help with background noise?

Are you having problems understanding speech against background noise? It’s a common problem for most people with hearing loss. Coping with background noise has also traditionally been a real technical challenge for older style hearing aids. Fortunately, modern technology is making exciting changes to the way hearing aids adapt and respond to background noise. Older style hearing aids were sometimes ineffective because they used omni-directional microphones that amplified everything. So, if you were in a restaurant and trying to have [...]

Will hearing aids restore my hearing?

Some 10% of Canadians suffer from hearing loss. Fortunately, most of those people will gain enormous benefit from wearing hearing aids. But one question we hear frequently is ‘will hearing aids restore my hearing to normal?’   The answer is, ‘no, a hearing aid cannot restore your hearing to normal or cure your hearing loss’. But a hearing aid will go a long way to restoring normal hearing levels for many of those activities you may have been missing out [...]

How to Interpret Hearing Test Results

When you complete a hearing test your audiologist will hand you the test results in the form of an audiogram. The graphs, crosses, circles and lines may look a little confusing at first but the test results are really not that daunting. And understanding your hearing test will help you make really well-informed decisions about the best treatment for your needs. What then does a hearing test measure and how do you interpret the results? Your audiologist may conduct a [...]

Differences Between Hearing Technology Levels

Modern technology has made hearing aids more effective, smaller, and easier to use in every way. Today’s hearing aids offer features that were inconceivable only a few years ago. Now manufacturers can offer a wide range of hearing aids with different technological levels and features options to suit all budgets. With such an enormous variety of hearing aid options available choosing the right hearing aid for your needs can be challenging. The easiest way to zero in on your perfect [...]

Fitting hearing aids—what happens?

So, you are about to get your first hearing aid. Your hearing tests show that you will really benefit from wearing hearing aids and you’ve chosen the perfect devices for your needs with the help of your audiologist. Great but what happens when it comes time to have the hearing aids fitted? What do you need to know? Well first of all restoring good hearing takes time. It’s a process but having your hearing aids fitted by an expert [...]