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Hearing loss is categorized into three types: conductive, sensorineural, and mixed. A conductive hearing loss means there is an issue in the middle ear space (ear drum and middle ear bones) causing the hearing loss; a sensorineural hearing loss means there is an issue in the inner ear and/or beyond, and a mixed hearing loss is a combination of a conductive and sensorineural hearing loss. The type of hearing loss can be tested during a hearing evaluation using air- and bone-conduction measures. When there is a sensorineural hearing loss, people... Read more
There are not a lot of differences between hearing aids when it comes to understanding speech better in a one-on-one situation. Particularly in a quiet situation. In-order-to answer this question properly, 3 pieces of information need to be identified.1. What is your Word Recognition Score? Your Word Recognition Score is a percentage of correct words that you get when you are tested at an audible level. If you have a low percentage correct score, then you will likely receive similar results from even the most expensive hearing aid... Read more
12 October 2017 - 376 Views
This, unfortunately, is a common complaint I hear from a lot of patients. Part of the issue is that there are normally a lot of people talking in this kind of environment & although we talk about noise, noise is often other speech. Also, the environment can be echoey & reverberant so the aid effectively amplifies the sound twice. Finally, as people get older their brain's processing ability diminishes meaning if a younger person had the same aid as you & on paper the same hearing ability they will often hear a lot better.As was stated... Read more
Have you noticed if there is a pattern to the situations in which you have trouble understanding what people are saying?Hearing aids are an excellent solution to help with hearing loss, but they are not a cure. There are many factors that can contribute to speech understanding, including but not limited to the following:Type, configuration, and severity of hearing lossEnvironmental challengesCognitive functionProgramming of hearing aidsOften, people have to use effective communication strategies in combination with their hearing aids. Try... Read more