The first and foremost step in treating your loss of hearing involves getting a proper diagnosis. You need to know what the cause of the hearing loss is in order to treat it. Once a specific cause is determined, there are a few treatment options available including:
• Treatment for the underlying disease when there is a disease at the base of the problem.
• Hearing aids for amplifying sounds, which is most commonly used in those with sensorineural loss and their only choice is that of a hearing aid.
• Surgery for recurring ear infections or mechanical causes.
Hearing Aids: How Good Are They?
Nothing compares to perfect hearing, but hearing devices have come a long way in terms of technology. It is entirely possible to find a hearing device that is satisfactory, as long as there is some form of residual hearing.
Reputable dealers, audiologists, ear doctors and hearing centers are able to provide you with a hearing aid. Anyone who is reputable will offer a 30-day period for returns, which allows you to return the device for your money back if the unit does not meet your needs. Selecting your device requires testing and evaluations with a number of devices. Someone coming to your door in an attempt to sell you a unit needs to be avoided at all costs.
A hearing aid can range significantly, especially when it comes to cost and style availability. Some units can fit inside the ear completely and remain almost invisible to others. Larger units fitting behind the ear might be necessary.
Selecting your device is extremely personal, and it is imperative that any user be given the opportunity to listen to numerous instruments adjusted by an expert before making any final decisions. Fancy digital units can be found on the market now. For numerous individuals, they offer a substantial improvement in the overall quality of sound, as well as programming options enabling the user to hear easily when surrounded by noise.
Depending on the degree of loss, the user can wear an aid on one ear or both of them. If the individual has total deafness in one of their ears, they can always look into a CROS. This system places a microphone inside the ear with deafness in it to help transmit the sound over to the good ear. Many people who need to function inside of a meeting room find these units to be quite convenient. They are beneficial when driving as well. Someone who is driving with deafness in their right ear will struggle to hear what their passenger has to say, especially when their window is down.
Cynthia Nardelli, certified Audiologist and owner of Nardelli Audiology since 1991, has over 25 years of experience. Cindy has a BS in Speech Pathology & Audiology, and M.S. in Audiology from WVU. A native of Pittsburgh, Cindy has lived in Clarksburg since 1986 and specializes in the fitting of advanced technology in digital hearing instrument systems. Visit our Hearing Aid Blog to stay updated on current technology.