Have you noticed your hearing is not quite what it used to be, or even find conversations difficult and hard to understand? If so, you are not alone! Millions of people, both young and old, experience some level of difficulty in hearing. Below are a few statistics about hearing from the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders.
-Approximately 15% of American adults aged 18 and over report some trouble hearing
-2 to 3 out of every 1000 children born in the United States are born with detectable levels of hearing loss in one of both ears.
-1 in 8 people aged 12 and older have hearing loss in both ears, based on standard hearing examinations.
-About 28.8 million adults in the United States would benefit from using hearing aids.
As you can see from these statistics, hearing loss has no preference on age. Age is a strong predictor of hearing loss among adults, but other sources such as exposure to loud noises, injury, and more can impact your ability to hear. The good news is, regardless of the reason causing hearing loss, we now live in a world where hearing loss does not have to influence the overall quality of life you are accustomed to! There are many solutions available to improve or aid in your hearing; our focus for this article is the use of hearing aids.
What Are Hearing Aids
Hearing aids are small, wearable devices that enable a person to hear sounds better and understand speech more clearly. They provide an opportunity for improvement in overall communication ability. There are many varieties of types, designs and technical features but all function in a similar way. The hearing aid takes in sound through a small microphone where it converts the sound into an electronic, digital signal. This signal is then processed and modified to meet the particular needs of the user. Then, a receiver sends the processed sound through an ear fitting appropriate for your particular hearing aid system.
The Process of Getting Hearing Aids
Once you notice your hearing loss is starting to decrease your ability to communicate, your first step is to schedule an appointment with an audiologist. Your audiologist will administer a hearing test to determine your level of hearing loss, if any. The hearing test will also dictate which hearing solution is most appropriate for your situation. At Camellia Audiology, your unique solution is based on both your communication needs and your lifestyle. We also work with your insurance company to determine what is covered and work with styles and brands that will meet financial needs as well.
Once your hearing aids have been selected, we fit, adjust and program your hearing aids so you get the best hearing results possible. Ongoing follow up care is important to ensure you are always hearing optimally.
Hearing Aid Technology
Camellia Audiology offers the most advanced hearing aid technology on the market. Some of the benefits available in our advanced technology include:
-Superior sound quality, listening clarity and a natural effortless hearing transitions.
-Ability for remote programming so your hearing care professional can make certain adjustments without the need of an office visit
-Phone call streaming, music and message streaming directly from your smartphone to your hearing aids .
If you would like to explore hearing aids or would like to schedule a hearing test, contact Camellia Audiology today! We also encourage you to protect your hearing at all times. It is a valuable luxury that we often take for granted. Simple things such as proper ear care at work, avoiding loud music for extended periods of time, and utilizing ear plugs when necessary will go a long way in keeping your hearing up to par.