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Hearing Resources

How much will hearing aids really help my hearing?

Hearing aids are intended to compensate for sensorineural hearing loss. They do so by amplifying sounds selectively at those frequencies where your hair cells have failed to…

What kinds of hearing aids are there? Aren't they pretty bulky and unsightly?

There are five main types of hearing aids these days, and the advent of microtechnology has made them much smaller yet more reliable than ever before. (1) Behind-the-Ear (BTE)...

If I need a hearing aid, do I have to get one for each ear?

If you have a hearing loss in only one ear, you’ll only need a hearing aid for that ear. But most people have bilateral hearing loss—i.e., loss in both ears—and…

What can I expect if I schedule an appointment with Dr. Crosby?

First, a thorough hearing history will be taken. Next, a physical examination of your ears will be done, and you will take a complete hearing test—including tympanometry to…

If I visit your clinic, do I get a free hearing test?

If you visit your family doctor, do you have to pay for any testing he or she does? Some hearing health specialists advertise that they’re offering a “free hearing…

What exactly is a "hearing health professional"?

A hearing health professional is someone trained and certified by a medical association and/or a state licensing board to evaluate your hearing and to offer some—but not…

What should I do if I think I have a hearing problem?

You can call your doctor or make an appointment to see him or her and obtain a referral to a qualified hearing health professional who can make a determination as to (1) what…

Are there different kinds of hearing loss?

Yes. Broadly speaking, there are three different kinds of hearing loss, which affect three different parts of your hearing. Conductive hearing loss affects the ear canal and/or…

Types of Hearing Aids

There are many styles of hearing aids. The degree of the hearing loss, power and options required, manual dexterity abilities, cost factors, and cosmetic concerns are some of the factors that will determine the style the patient will use.

What is Digital Technology?

The term digital is used so often today, it can be confusing. When a hearing aid is termed digital, it generally means the hearing aid uses 100% digital processing. In other words, the hearing aid is indeed a complete computer.

Type and Degree of Hearing Loss

Results of the audiometric evaluation are plotted on a chart called an audiogram. Loudness is plotted from top to bottom. Frequency, from low to high, is plotted from left to right.

Three Levels of Hearing Aid Technology

There are essentially three levels of hearing aid technology. We refer to these as analog, digitally programmable, and digital.

How do I know if I have Hearing Loss?

Hearing loss is a natural part of the aging process. Hearing challenges can begin to present themselves based upon your hearing health history, including exposure to loud noise, certain medications, infections, head or ear trauma, congenital (birth or prenatal) or hereditary factors, as well as a number of other causes.

Hearing Aid Battery Information

All batteries are toxic and dangerous if swallowed. Keep all batteries (and hearing aids) away from children and pets. If anyone swallows a battery it is a medical emergency and the individual needs to see a physician immediately.

Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)

ALDs can increase the loudness of desired sounds, such as a radio, television, or a public speaker, without increasing the loudness of the background noises.

Types of ALDs

There are many assistive listening devices available today, from sophisticated systems used in theaters and auditoriums to small personal systems.

Candidates for ALDs

People with all degrees and types of hearing loss — even people with normal hearing can benefit from assistive listening devices.

Medical Science Shows Insight into Noisy Eyeballs and Tinnitus

Tinnitus is an abnormal perception of a sound which is reported by patients that is unrelated to an external source of stimulation. Tinnitus is a very common disorder.

Cause of Tinnitus

Tinnitus may originate from various lesions and from different sites. The auditory system involves highly complicated inner ear structures, many afferent and efferent nerve pathways and a great amount of nuclei that form a complex meshwork.

What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is an abnormal perception of a sound which is reported by patients that is unrelated to an external source of stimulation. Tinnitus is a very common disorder.

What is an Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)?

Auditory Processing (also called Central Auditory Processing) refers to the means by which we make sense of what we hear. Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is a term for the variety of disorders that affect the way the brain processes information.

What is a 'Hearing Instrument Specialist'?

The hearing aid specialist has training in the assessment of patients who specifically seek rehabilitation for hearing loss.

Realistic Expectations for the Hearing Aid User

Hearing aids work very well when fit and adjusted appropriately. They are designed to make words and the conversations easier to understand in all situations, without making sounds appear to be too loud.

Hearing Aids in the Presence of Background Noise

Virtually all patients wearing hearing aids complain about background noise at one time or another. There is no way to completely eliminate background noise.

How do I know if I have a hearing loss?

Self-screening is a good starting point. Do you have trouble hearing conversations in a noisy environment such as a restaurant or at a cocktail party? During normal conversations…

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Hearing Loss Association of America:

Education: The Hearing Loss Association of America Sarasota Chapter (HLAS) offers monthly meetings in which expert speakers teach us how to better manage our hearing loss. An “after hours” hearing group meets quarterly. The 2014 HLAA convention scholarship information and application: online here.

Advocacy: HLAS promotes greater use of Hearing Loop Systems and Captions in theatres, houses of worship and across the community.

Support: Our meetings also provide information and support on how to address personal, family and work related hearing loss issues.

HLAS is the local chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America, the nation’s leading group for education, advocacy and support of the hard-of-hearing.

HLAA: www.hearingloss.org

HLAA local group: http://hlas.org