FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Why should I care for my hearing?
Your hearing health is crucial and should receive the same level of attention and care as your eyesight and dental health. Neglecting your ears may impact your overall quality of life.
2. How can I take care of my hearing?
If you suspect hearing loss, we recommend visiting one of our locations in Spruce Grove, Edmonton, Stony Plain, or Saint Albert for a complete hearing test and consultation. Additionally, it’s essential to protect your hearing by avoiding unnecessary exposure to loud noise and taking preventative measures.
3. How common is hearing loss in Canada?
More than 10% of all Canadians have a hearing deficit, and it’s estimated that 50% of senior Canadians experience hearing loss. Hearing deficits are becoming increasingly prevalent and often go undetected until a hearing aid becomes necessary.
4. How can age-related hearing loss be managed or treated?
Age-related hearing loss, also known as presbycusis, is typically managed through hearing aids. They can amplify sounds and improve hearing abilities for those with age-related hearing loss. In some cases, medical interventions or cochlear implants may be recommended.
5. What is tinnitus, and what causes it?
Tinnitus is the perception of ringing, buzzing, or other sounds in the ears without an external source. It can be caused by various factors, including exposure to loud noise, age-related hearing loss, earwax blockage, certain medications, ear or sinus infections, and underlying health conditions.
6. What is the role of genetics in hearing loss?
Genetics can play a role in hearing loss. Certain genetic conditions or inherited traits can increase the risk of hearing loss. Genetic testing and counseling may be recommended for individuals with a family history of hearing loss or specific genetic conditions associated with hearing impairment.
7. How often should I have my hearing checked?
It is generally recommended to have a baseline hearing evaluation in adulthood and regular hearing checks every 1-3 years, as per individual factors, like age, exposure to noise, and existing hearing concerns. Your hearing healthcare professional can provide guidance on the appropriate frequency of hearing checks for your specific situation.
8. What is the process of getting a hearing aid?
The process of getting a hearing aid typically involves a hearing assessment by a qualified hearing healthcare professional, who determines the extent of your hearing loss and recommend suitable hearing aids. Following the selection out of types of hearing aids, the selected one is fitted, adjusted, and personalized to your specific hearing needs. Regular follow-up visits may be required for fine-tuning and maintenance.
9. Are there any assistive listening devices or technologies available for people with hearing loss?
Yes, there are various assistive listening devices and technologies available for people with hearing loss. These include devices like captioned telephones, hearing loops, FM systems, and Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids that can connect wirelessly to compatible devices, improving communication and accessibility in different situations.
10. Is there an online hearing test available?
Yes, we believe that everyone should have the opportunity for improved hearing. If you’re concerned about your hearing ability or wonder if you’re hearing everything you should be, you can take our simple online hearing test. It can help identify potential hearing issues.
11. Can hearing loss impact cognitive function or increase the risk of other health conditions?
Yes, untreated hearing loss has been associated with an increased risk of cognitive decline, dementia, social isolation, depression, and reduced overall quality of life. Addressing hearing loss through appropriate interventions, such as hearing aids, can potentially help mitigate these risks and improve overall well-being.
12. Can I conduct an online hearing test?
Online hearing tests and apps do exist, but there is really no substitute for a professionally-administered complete hearing test and professional consultation. Simple hearing tests may give you a preliminary assessment, but more complete hearing assessments can help determine the cause of your hearing loss, whether or not a medical referral or other referral is necessary, and provide recommendations regarding protecting your hearing going forward, among other factors.
13. Do I need a Physician’s referral?
No, you do not need a referral from a physician, however physicians often do refer to us for a complete hearing test and report letter. Many physicians request a complete hearing test and report as part of a complete physical exam, because, in some cases, hearing loss can be an early indication of another medical condition.