When it comes to hearing, there's a lot to learn and a lot to understand. Education is a key part of the process, and we are always open and honest with you about everything you need to know about your hearing. We want to make sure you have all the information you need to make decisions about your hearing for yourself. If we've done our job right, you'll leave our office more knowledgeable than when you arrived.
Never feel like any question is too simple or too complicated to ask. We're here to help you however we can. Below, we've gathered some of the common questions we hear from patients every day.
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What causes hearing loss?
Many people don’t know what caused their hearing loss unless it’s linked to a specific noise-induced trauma, disease or illness. The truth is, we all are exposed to loud noise every single day, and hearing loss doesn't usually occur from a single incident. Hearing loss can be broken into three groups:
What is tinnitus?
Tinnitus is defined by the American Tinnitus Association as "the perception of sound when no actual external noise is present... tinnitus can manifest many different perceptions of sound, including buzzing, hissing, whistling, swooshing, and clicking. In some rare cases, tinnitus patients report hearing music" (ATA, 2018).
The United States Center for Disease Control estimates that around 20 million Americans deal with chronic tinnitus, while 2 million have debilitating cases of it. Most cases are often a neurological reaction to hearing loss (ATA, 2018).
What options are available if I only have hearing loss in one ear?
For years, those with single side deafness have been forced to deal with a one-sided fitting of hearing aids. This is an OK solution for many patients, but can be a struggle for others, as a one-sided fit can cause serious problems with directionality. Often times, people with a single hearing aid have to turn their head or sit strategically to maximize their limits with directionality. In worst case scenarios, people with a one-sided fit may be able to hear, but have no clue where the sound is coming from.
In the last decade, the hearing aid industry has come up with a new solution for those dealing with single side deafness. CROS and biCROS systems are designed for individuals with complete deafness in one ear, and lesser or no impairment in the other ear. CROS stands for "Contra-lateral (opposite side) Routing of Sound." When patients use a CROS transmitter on the bad ear, the incoming sound will be recorded on the bad side, but then directly routed over to the better ear. This will allow both sides to be funneled to the good ear, so sound can be heard in all directions, just like normal hearing.
Here at Nova Hearing Center, our Signia Nx line has CROS and biCROS solutions available at multiple price points for those who have not been successful with a single-sided fit.