What to Ask During a Hearing Health Consultation

What to Ask During a Hearing Health Consultation

Olga Lis, MS, CCC-A

Olga Lis, MS, CCC-A is the president of Audiology Central. Olga’s experience in the field of Audiology spans 20 years. She received a Master of Science degree from Brooklyn College CUNY in 1998. Olga spent two years as part of the Cochlear Implant Team at Lenox Hill Hospital and eight years as the coordinator of the Cochlear Implant Program in Long Island College Hospital.
Olga Lis, MS, CCC-A

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There are many concerns that people might have when going in for a hearing health consultation. Particularly, this will cover things such as hearing loss, dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, and depression.

Visiting a healthcare professional is your best option to address any of those concerns as healthcare professionals are specifically trained in this aspect of their medical career.

What Type of Hearing Loss Do I have?

There are three main types of hearing loss. Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when there is damage in the inner ear or the nerve pathways from the ear to the brain. While this is permanent, hearing devices can help with amplification.

A conductive hearing loss occurs when the sound does not travel efficiently through the ear canal to the eardrum. This likely occurs because of a blockage in the ear and blockage removal is a necessity for treating hearing loss. Treating hearing loss requires you to see a specialist who has experience in doing this. 

Do Both Ears Have Hearing Loss?

According to a study done by Yvonne Sininger of UCLA, both of your left and right ears have different hearing signals. The left ear is often used to receiving music and emotional information, while the right ear is used to working with speech and logic. This increases the probability that often, hearing losses occur in the left ear. That being said, a hearing test will reveal the configuration of the hearing loss, if there is one present.

Why is Having a Hearing Aid Important?

Having a hearing aid is a major lifesaver for many people who want to have their hearing health improved. Many young adolescents in schools use hearing aids to effectively listen to what the teacher is teaching during lecture. While the majority of people tend to only use 1 hearing aid for their left or right ear. Studies have shown that 90% of older people need to use both hearing aids for their ears in order to hear accurately.

What Type of Hearing Aid Should I Use?

In order to determine what type of hearing aid should be used for hearing loss treatment. It is best to consult with us at Audiology Central, as we are well-versed with the latest technology and can help pair you with a device that meets your specific needs. Each hearing device has its own ability in aiding any special types of hearing losses.

How Long Do Hearing Aids Last?

Hearing aids tend to last five to seven years. It all depends on the maintenance and care you provide your aids, and also on the lifestyle you lead. People who are outdoors more often may find moisture buildup in their aids – but this can be effectively remedied with a dehumidifier unit. We can help you find a pair of hearing aids that work best with your lifestyle.

What is the Warranty?

Your homeowners’ policy will protect your hearing aids from theft and losses. You need to know the warranty information on them provided by the manufacturer in order to be aware of when you can return or replace them in case they malfunction. But not all health care insurances tend to cover the warranty of the hearing aids, so it is recommended that you are aware of when you feel like it’s time to replace the hearing aids. To find out whether or not your insurance will cover for the warranty, is by calling your insurance company and asking them if they cover losses, damages, thefts, or repairs for the hearing aids.

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