Hearing FAQs

Questions and answers about hearing loss.

Questions and Answers

We understand that hearing loss can feel overwhelming. At Northeast Alabama Audiology, we will help you with your journey to better hearing. We gathered some questions about hearing loss and hearing aids that our patients have asked us. If you still have a question, or just need some clarification on how we can help you with your hearing, then please call us today.

Audiologists have a specialized education in hearing healthcare. Most hearing instrument specialists are interested in just selling you hearing aids. Audiologists want to help you learn the cause of your hearing loss and how to properly treat it. At Northeast Alabama Audiology, our practice is connected to an ENT practice, so our patients are receiving thorough and comprehensive hearing healthcare.
Hearing aids typically last 5-7 years. Depending on how well you care for your hearing aids and if you bring them in for regular cleanings and maintenance, they will last you for many years to come. Hearing aid manufacturers release new technology every 3-5 years, so many patients like to upgrade within that time frame to take advantage of the newest features. However, if you are happy with your hearing aids then they will last you for many years.
We do have demo hearing aids in office that our patients can see and try on. We show our patients how small and discreet hearing aids are with a pair of demos in our office. If you would like to try on a pair of demo units we can put them on you and let you test them out. We understand hearing aids are an investment and you would like to feel the devices in your ears before you decide to make a purchase.
Hearing loss can be the result of many different factors. Sometimes hearing loss is part of the aging process or genetic. A common cause of hearing loss is prolonged exposure to loud noise. Other causes include frequent ear infections, head or ear trauma, or medication that is toxic to hearing. When you come into Northeast Alabama Audiology we can determine the cause of your hearing loss and effectively treat it, so you can hear your best again.
The best way to adjust to your new hearing aids is to wear them as much as possible. The more you wear your hearing aids then the quicker your brain can adjust to hearing sounds again. We offer a 2-week trial period on our hearing aids, and during that period we like our patients to test out their devices and make a list of any problems they are having. Then when they return after 2 weeks, we can go over their list and our audiologist can make any adjustments needed.
If you experience a ringing in your ears when no other external noise is present, then you may have tinnitus. Tinnitus is commonly known as “ringing in the ears,” and over 50 million Americans experience it to some degree. Tinnitus can be annoying and persistent. If you hear a ringing or buzzing noise in your ears then talk to our audiologist and we can determine a plan to help alleviate your symptoms. There are hearing aids that have a tinnitus masking feature to help soothe the ringing in your ears.
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