Hearing Loss Frequently Asked Questions & Myths

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What causes hearing loss?

A. Hearing loss can be caused by many factors, including illness and medication, but it is most commonly caused by noise exposure and/or aging.

Hearing loss in noisy environments

Hearing Myths

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MYTH: All the hearing aids I see are HUGE! That is not for me.
FACT: Large and obtrusive hearing aids are a thing of the past and have been replaced by sleek, inconspicuous, and stylish versions. Some hearing aid options are literally invisible to the naked eye. There are many styles to choose from, and some can even be tried on in the office.
MYTH: My neighbor bought hearing aids, and he says that they don’t help at all.
FACT: One individual’s hearing can never be compared to another, even if the hearing loss appears the same on the surface. Many variables play a part in the success of a hearing aid user, including the duration of hearing loss and the fitting process. When an individual continues to have difficulty with new hearing aids, it is the audiologist’s task to adjust the devices so the patient can be successful.
MYTH: Hearing aids won't help me in noisy environments.
FACT: Much like other technology, hearing aids are constantly evolving. What was considered to be the best technology five or ten years ago can’t compare to today’s advanced features. These developments have made it easier to hear in the presence of background noise and more clearly on the telephone.
MYTH: Don't hearing aids cause a further decline in hearing?
FACT: Studies have shown that use of hearing aids may actually prevent a decline in speech comprehension. When you can’t hear sounds, your auditory nerve receives less stimulation and can become “out of shape.” By using hearing aids to make sounds loud enough for you to hear, you can keep your auditory nerve well-exercised and in good working order. For this reason, it is important to getting proper amplification as soon as you notice a hearing loss.
MYTH: I have ringing in my ears. I've heard nothing can be done for that.
FACT: Not true! Today, roughly 50 million Americans experience a ringing or buzzing sound in their ears that does not come from the outside environment. This extra sound, called tinnitus, is typically caused by high-pitched hearing loss. For some individuals, tinnitus can become so loud and persistent that it interferes with their quality of life. While there is no known cure for tinnitus, there are several management techniques to help alleviate the symptoms. For example, maskers or high frequency amplification can stimulate the auditory nerve, reducing or eliminating the extra sound. Many individuals have found relief from the chronic ringing using management techniques like these.

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Highland Location

222 W. Highland Rd.
Highland, MI 48357

(248) 889-7600
Howell Location

820 Byron Rd. Ste. 500
Howell, MI 48843

(517) 548-5900