Hearing loss affects nearly 30 million people in the United States, but you may not have to live with impaired hearing. A hearing amplification device (hearing aid) may help you hear the world around you more clearly again. Affinity offers our patients the latest advancements in hearing aid technology.
Signs of Hearing Loss
If you can "hear" but not "understand," or if others comment on your lack of hearing, it’s time for a hearing evaluation. Ask yourself if you show these common signs of hearing loss:
Do you often ask people to repeat themselves?
Do you think people mumble?
Do you have trouble hearing when background noise is present?
Do you not attend larger gatherings because you are frustrated with your hearing?
Do you not participate in conversations as much as you used to because of your hearing loss?
Is the volume on your TV louder than others would like it to be?
The Right Diagnosis and Treatment
Affinity audiologists in Appleton, Neenah and Oshkosh can evaluate your hearing to determine if you really need a hearing aid, or if there is a better way to treat your hearing problem. Sometimes, ear wax, ear infections or other medical conditions can be the culprit. We’ll find the cause of your hearing loss and recommend the best treatment plan.
Choosing a Hearing Aid
If hearing amplification is the right option for you, Affinity audiologists in Appleton, Neenah or Oshkosh will evaluate your hearing and recommend the right device.
What is a hearing aid?
A hearing aid amplifies and changes sound to help you hear better. Sound reaches the hearing aid’s microphone, which converts the sound into electrical signals. The type of hearing aid that’s best for each patient depends on lifestyle, level of hearing loss and other health factors. Depending on your specific situation, your doctor will help you choose the right hearing amplification device for you.
There are four major types of hearing aids: in-the-ear (ITE), behind-the-ear (BTE), in-the-canal (ITC) aids and body-worn aids.
Behind-the-ear hearing aids fit behind the ear. They connect to a piece inside the outer ear and work well for mild to severe hearing loss.
In-the-ear hearing aids fit in the outer ear and work well for mild to severe hearing loss.
In-the-canal aids fit in the ear canal. Custom-fit to the shape of the patient’s ear, they work well for mild to moderate hearing loss.
Body-worn aids attach to a patient’s body, often a pocket or belt loop. A wire connects the device to the ear. Because of their size and bulk, body aids are a good choice for severe hearing loss or when no other type of hearing aid is an option.
Affinity audiologists will fit you with the hearing aid that best suits your specific hearing loss. As independent audiologists, we work with many hearing aid companies, so we can find the right device for your specific type of hearing loss.
The following links provide more information on several brands we use:
GN ReSound - www.gnresound.com
Micro-Tech - www.hearing-aid.com
Oticon - www.oticon.com
Phonak - www.phonak.com
Siemens - www.siemens-hearing.com
Unitron – www.unitronhearing.com
Widex - www.widexusa.com