Solutions for Hearing Loss
The impact of hearing loss varies from person to person. It greatly depends on the degree and configuration of hearing loss. However, hearing loss would, at least to certain extent, results in distorted or incomplete communication which leads to greater isolation and withdrawal. In turn the individual’s life space and social life becomes restricted. While for those who are still in the workforce, uncorrected hearing loss has a negative impact on overall job effectiveness, opportunity for promotion and perhaps lifelong earning power.
We would guide you through the following three types of solutions for hearing loss:
1. Medical Treatment
Medication and surgery are recommended for many types of hearing problems, particularly conductive hearing loss. It is always highly recommended to seek medical consultation or hearing evaluation as early as possible once sudden hearing deterioration was noted. Recovery of the hearing loss depends not only upon the early diagnosis of the cause of the hearing loss, but also on the early initiation of appropriate treatment.
2. Hearing Aid Fitting
If your Hearing Health Consultant determines that your hearing impairment does not originate from a medical problem, which can be treated with medicine or surgery, a hearing aid evaluation can be performed to determine if you are a good candidate to use hearing aids. Although hearing aids do not provide normal hearing to the user, they can help improve a hearing impaired person’s ability to communicate effectively.
Hearing technology has seen some incredible advances during the last few years. Digital hearing aids are programmed by Hearing Health Consultants via computers. Complex calculations provide the ultimate flexibility in providing individualized solutions to hearing loss. Adapting to a hearing aid takes patience. The process has to be done step by step, never all at once at full strength. Meanwhile, support from friends and family members are also critical for a successful fitting process.
3. Usage of Assistive Listening Device
An assistive listening device (ALD) is any type of device that can help you function better in your day-to-day communication situations. An ALD can be used with or without hearing aids to overcome the negative effects of distance, background noise, or poor room acoustics. There are basically four types of ALDs: 1) FM Systems; 2) Telephone Amplifiers; 3) Listening & Alerting Device; & 4) TV & Audio Device.
To obtain personalized advice on hearing aid and/or assistive listening device, please make an appointment with our Hearing Health Consultants.