Frequently Asked Questions About Hearing Health, Hearing Loss & Hearing Aids | Fort Worth, TX
Our Doctors of Audiology Answer Frequently Asked Questions About Hearing Health, Hearing Loss & Hearing Aids
Making the decisions to have an hearing test, tinnitus evaluation, or invest in hearing devices to treat your hearing loss can be intimidating. Add selecting an audiologist or hearing care professional, and many people find the process so overwhelming that they don't know where to begin and often delay starting.
As Doctors of Audiology, we at Advanced Hearing Aid Center have counseled and treated many patients who came to us with similar concerns. The physicians who refer their patients to us know that we will take the time to answer all of your questions and provide the best possible hearing solution for your listening needs. To assist you with this important decision process, please consider the following questions to ask of any potential hearing care provider.
How do I know if I have a hearing loss?
Hearing loss often occurs so gradually that you may not be aware of a problem. In fact, it is not uncommon for a hearing loss to be first noticed by a family member, who has to speak louder or repeat words. Early signs of hearing loss include:
- Turning the TV or radio volume louder than other family members prefer.
- Difficulty understanding speech in a background of noise, for instance in restaurants.
- More difficulty hearing children and women than men.
- Difficulty hearing in meetings.
- Difficulty hearing at public speaking events.
- Ringing in the ear(s) when no external sound is present.
- Having things repeated frequently.
- Difficulty hearing people “with low voices.”
Making the decision to move forward with amplification is not a one stop process. It is important to involve family and friends in the process as their perspective is valuable and they also benefit from your ability to hear well again. Over the course of your journey to better hearing, you will have many contacts with the entire office and fitting staff. You should feel confident that we know how to best address your hearing needs, and you should feel that you are treated with respect and dignity. While the style and brand you choose is important, what matters most is the provider you choose!
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