Frequently Asked Questions on Hearing Loss

  • How is Hearing Loss Diagnosed?

How is Hearing Loss Diagnosed?

If you have any symptoms of hearing loss, you should see an audiologist to have a formal hearing evaluation. This hearing test, or audiologic evaluation, is diagnostic in nature and allows the audiologist to determine the type, nature and degree of your hearing loss. Your sensitivity, acuity and accuracy to speech understanding will be assessed as well. Your audiologist may [...]

  • Degrees of Hearing Loss

What are the Different Degrees of Hearing Loss?

After you undergo a hearing evaluation, the results are plotted on a chart called an audiogram. Loudness is plotted from top to bottom. The top of the graph is very quiet and the bottom of the graph is very loud. Frequency, or pitch, from low to high, is plotted from left to right. Hearing level (HL) is measured in decibels [...]

  • Hearing Instrument Specialist Versus Hearing Aid Dispenser

Hearing Instrument Specialist Versus Hearing Aid Dispenser

What is the Difference between a Hearing Instrument Specialist and a Hearing Aid Dispenser? There are vast differences in the professional roles in diagnosing and treatment of hearing loss. It is still common today for someone to get screened, tested, or fitted with a hearing aid by someone and still not know what qualifications that person had. How do you know who [...]

What are Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)?

People with all types and degrees of hearing loss can benefit from an assistive listening device (ALD). Since the microphone of a typical hearing aid is worn on or behind your ear, its ability to enhance the talker-to-background-noise ratio is limited. However, ALDs are designed to increase the loudness of a desired voice, such as a radio, television, or a [...]

  • What Style of Hearing Aid Do I Need?

What Style of Hearing Aid Do I Need?

There are many types of hearing aids today, and the style or device is dependent upon the user's individual needs. There are in-the-ear styles as well as behind-the-ear styles. Also, hearing aid technology has advanced, with many new and improved options from which to choose. Hearing aids are available in many different sizes and styles, thanks to advancements in digital [...]

  • Hearing loss in Children

What are the Signs of Hearing loss in Children?

Hearing loss in children can occur at any time in life from other acquired factors such as ear infections, head trauma, certain medications, and genetic factors. You may suspect your child has a hearing loss if you observe any of the following: Failed newborn hearing screening Delays in speech and language acquisition, including baby babbling Frequent ear infections Not startling [...]

  • Types of Hearing Aids

What is a Hearing Instrument Specialist?

Hearing Instrument Specialists are healthcare professionals who evaluate, diagnose, treat, and manage hearing loss and hearing conditions like tinnitus and balance disorders. A hearing instrument specialist holds a minimum of a Master's degree in Audiology. Professionals seeking education in Audiology who do not currently hold a Master’s degree must now pursue a Doctoral degree in Audiology (Au.D). Hearing instrument specialists [...]