Hearing is an important sense that many people take for granted. We use our hearing to communicate, listen to music, and enjoy television with the volume on high. Hearing aids are devices that amplify sound by making it louder so you can hear better. This page will answer some of the most common questions about how hearing aids work and what causes hearing loss and much more!
How Much Are Hearing Aids?
Hearing aids can be expensive, but there are many ways to find discounted or free hearing aids. You may qualify for a discount at your workplace, through the Veterans Administration, and/or as part of an insurance plan that you might already have with another company like HMOs. Whatever the final cost, most hearing professionals do offer financing plans. Please contact our office for more information at 775.882.3277.
How Do Hearing Aids Work?
At its most basic, a Hearing Aid is a microphone which converts sound into electrical signals (usually by amplifying or lowering frequencies). This signal then needs to be amplified again and is transmitted to the ear canal via a receiver or speaker.
How Can I Recognize Hearing Problems?
Losing your hearing is a gradual process. There are often no signs or symptoms of this loss until it becomes too severe for you to function properly in everyday life, and even then family members might not notice the change without asking questions about how they’re doing! Here are some important points that can help determine whether someone has hearing issues:
- Do I have trouble understanding conversations?
- What does my conversation partner sound like from more than six feet away?
- Do I have difficulty hearing what is said unless facing the speaker?
- Do I prefer the TV or radio volume louder than others?
- Do I experience ringing or buzzing in my ears?
If you answered yes to several of these questions, you may want to schedule a consultation with us.
What Are The Most Common Causes of Hearing Loss?
Why is it so hard to hear? There are many causes of hearing loss, each with their own unique effects. Some common ones include excessive noise exposure, genetics, birth defects and infections that affect the ear or head area. What's more: as we age our hearing worsens naturally too.
Does Medicare Cover Hearing Aids?
Medicare doesn’t cover hearing aids or exams for fitting hearing aids.