● What causes hearing loss?
The main cause of hearing loss is something that comes to all of us – age. However, other possible causes can be – exposure to loud noises, hereditary, disease, illness, medication and trauma to Name a few. The most common form of hearing loss is called ‘nerve deafness’. This comes about as a result of the auditory nerves in the inner ear being unable to transmit their signals to the brain.
● How common is hearing loss?
There are approximately 10 million deaf or hard of hearing in the U.K. That is 1 in 6 of the population! Within those figures around 6.4 million are of retirement age (65+) and about 3.7 million are of Working age (16-64).
● Can you cure hearing loss with drugs or surgery?
Yes you can, but it depends largely on the type of hearing loss. Conductive hearing losses can be helped by drugs or surgery, but only a small proportion are. The majority of Sensori Neural losses unfortunately cannot be helped in this way. Most people with hearing difficulties find that a professionally prescribed hearing aid will improve their hearing.
● What should I do if I am not hearing so well?
The first step is to have your hearing professionally and thoroughly tested by a Hearing Aid Audiologist. This will determine whether you have a loss or not, and if so, what type and degree of loss exists. Today most people can be corrected by a hearing system, if that is the right course of action.
● Will a hearing instrument cure my hearing loss?
It is important to remember that although hearing aids can make the best of your residual hearing, they cannot physically alter your natural hearing mechanism or return your hearing back to a normal state.
● What is a hearing aid?
In its basic form a hearing aid is an electronic, battery operated device that amplifies sound. Every hearing aid contains a microphone that picks up sound signals and converts them into electrical signals. An amplifier then increases the loudness of the signal and the receiver then delivers the sound into the ear.
● Do I really need a hearing aid; my hearing is not that bad?
Hearing loss through the ageing process (presbyacusis) is generally a gradual deterioration and therefore we do not really appreciate the difficulties we are having because we adapt accordingly, as our hearing can deteriorate over many years. It tends to be those closest to us (friends or relatives) who notice first, by having to repeat themselves or by having to ask for the TV to be turned down as it is too loud. If you think, or someone suggests that you may have a hearing loss, it is advisable to have it tested by a qualified Hearing Aid Audiologist who will be able to advice on the best solution to meet your needs, and even if it means that you are not yet ready to wear a hearing aid.
● How much will a hearing aid cost?
This is probably one of the most commonly asked questions, and one of the most difficult to answer. There are hundreds of different types of hearing aids each giving different benefits and results. It is impossible to even hazard a guess at a price for a hearing aid unless the person with the hearing loss has undergone a thorough hearing assessment by a Hearing Aid Audiologist. If hearing aids are the correct remedial action and only after discussion about the individual’s needs, requirements and lifestyle can this question be answered.
● How do I know that a hearing aid will work for me?
After carrying out a hearing assessment and discussing the various solutions available, a demonstration can be performed to give an insight to better hearing. Although this is a demonstration it is not the finished article as this has to be made to a particular prescription and moulded specifically for the individual. All hearing aids supplied by Sound Advice (Hearing Ltd) are provided with a 30 day money back guarantee, and in the unlikely event that you do not get benefit from the hearing system supplied, you will be entitled to a refund.
● How much does a hearing test cost?
All hearing tests in our Centres are FREE of charge and without obligation. We can also provide more detailed diagnostic tests if required which are charged for.
● Do you offer a free trial?
Yes we provide a free trial on all hearing aids (except specialist equipment). This is a genuine try before you buy experience with no obligation.
● Do you do home visits?
Yes we can carry out home visits. Some people find it difficult to travel to our centres or day centres. Therefore we are more than happy to carry out an assessment in the comfort of your own home with a friend or relative present.
● I’ve heard my hearing loss can’t be helped?
In most cases hearing loss can be helped through amplification, an assessment will determine whether this is the case or not and whether medical referral is required.
● What can a hearing aid do?
It can make sounds louder, Make speech easier to hear in most situations, Help you hear certain pitches better, such as high pitched consonant sounds, Enable you to participate more fully in life’s activities and importantly can make you hear better in background noise. Modern hearing aids can also connect to mobile telephones, home telephones, T.Vs, computers etc.
● What can’t a hearing aid do?
Restore normal hearing, Deliver the ability to hear speech perfectly when distracting noises are present, Transform distorted sounds into clear sounds, Allow you to hear only the sounds that you want to hear.
● How long will a hearing aid last?
A hearing aid’s life expectancy is typically three to five years.