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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an audiologist?
An audiologist is a doctor who has studied and obtains a degree in the field of audiology, also known as the science of hearing. An audiologist must be licensed and/or registered in their state to practice their field.
What’s an ear mold impression?
When custom made hearing aids are made, they are made from a mold of the ear. The mold is then sent to an audiologist who makes the personally fitted hearing aid.
Are hearing aid batteries dangerous?
Hearing aid batteries, like all other batteries, are extremely dangerous and toxic if swallowed. Keep all batteries away from pets and children. If a battery from a hearing aid is accidentally swallowed, contact 911 immediately.
How can I tell if I’m suffering from hearing loss?
Hearing loss can occur at any time in life. This can due from aging, extreme exposure to loud noises, medications, infections, head and/or ear trauma, hereditary factors, disease, etc.
How well can I hear with a new hearing aid?
With today’s technology, your hearing aids will automatically adjust the volume based upon your hearing loss and the loudness of the environment you’re in.
What is tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a sound often associated with “buzzing”, “humming”, or “ringing” in the ears.
What causes tinnitus?
Tinnitus can originate from several different sources. This can range anywhere from loud noises to a medication.
Can tinnitus be resolved?
In most cases, tinnitus will generally be resolved. If the tinnitus becomes overwhelming, there are often different treatments that can be tried to attempt to resolve it.
What are the different types of hearing aids?
There are many different styles of types of hearing aid that vary to the severity of hearing loss, power, cost factors, and cosmetic concerns.
What are neurotologists and otolaryngologists?
Otologists and neurotologists are physicians who old a ENT requirement and that have continued training beyond a year to diagnose disorders in the ear.
What is auditory processing disorder (APD)?
APD refers to abnormal interaction of hearing, neural transmission, and the brain’s ability to make sense of sound.
What is central auditory processing disorder (CAPD)?
CAPD refers to to the abnormal interaction of hearing, neural transmission, and the brain’s ability to make sense.
What is a chronic ear infection?
Chronic ear infection is the result of an ear infection that has left damage to the ear.
What is a hearing instrument specialist?
A hearing aid specialist has training in the assessment of patients who seek rehabilitation for their hearing loss.
Who can I see for my ear and hearing problems?
If you are experiencing hearing loss, it’s important to speak to an experienced audiologist to see how to receive treatment and rehabilitation.