Hearing well is quality in life. Hearing loss can have many emotional and social consequences like isolation, depression or reduction of income due to difficulties at work hearing coworkers or customers.
Research has associated untreated hearing loss to early stages of mental illness due to deprivation of sounds in the brain.
In children, even a mild hearing reduction can lead to negative effects in speech development as well as in academic performance.
The statistics conducted in a study from 2012 to 2015 (Canadian Health Measurements Survey) showed that 40% of the population among 20 and 79 years old have at least slight hearing loss in one or both ears. Many times this condition remains untreated because people are not aware that they have it, or they prefer not to try hearing aids until the problem is very noticeable, thinking that hearing aids are difficult to wear, expensive or too complicated.
At Art of Hearing we are committed to helping you improve your hearing by making the whole process as smooth and easy as possible. Current technology offers the audiologist a huge variety of choices to suggest to our clients the best amplification according to each person’s needs. We recognize that each person is exposed to different situations every day, and their lifestyle is the starting point to select the perfect hearing aid to meet their needs.
Hearing is a complex process, it happens not just in the ears but mainly in the brain. Helping the ear to hear well helps the brain to be more active and makes people feel more connected with the world.
HOW DO I KNOW THAT I MIGHT HAVE A HEARING DIFFICULTY?
Do you notice that you need to concentrate to hear in a restaurant or in a meeting?
Do you feel that people don’t speak clearly anymore?
Do people tell you that the TV is getting too loud?
Are your coworkers telling you they told you something different?
Do you work or practice any hobby with loud noise, or did you do it in the past?
Do you sometimes find it a challenge to understand people on the phone?
WHAT SHOULD I DO TO CHECK MY HEARING?
The first step is to book a hearing assessment with a professional (audiologist or HIE). You don’t need a referral. Hearing tests are free in many cases.
WHAT IF I DISCOVER OR CONFIRM THAT I HAVE HEARING LOSS?
The Hearing Professional will explain the results and will walk you through different options to improve your hearing. (Hearing aids, or enhanced listening devices). The Audiologist will give you a free demonstration with hearing aids so you can hear the benefits yourself.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS AFTER I DECIDE TO TRY HEARING AIDS?
After you and the Audiologist have selected the most convenient hearing device for you, you will go for a fitting where we make sure the amplification is working to your satisfaction. During the fitting appointment you will be taught how to take care of the hearing aids and you will practice insertion and removal and how to replace batteries (or how to recharge them in some cases).
A third appointment will be for a follow up, just to make sure you are satisfied with the hearing aids, or if you need fine tuning, or a refresher in how to use them. You always have a trial period that will give you the opportunity to use it in different environments and to come back to the office to monitor your improvements.
Hearing aids can be adjusted any time in case that your hearing has any changes.
CAN I CONTROL MY HEARING AIDS?
Yes, many of the models available have remote control, or even better, they can be controlled through specific apps that you can download in the cellphone. But another important advantage is that in some models you can receive the call directly into your ear through the hearing aids using a streaming process.
I DON’T WANT ANYTHING COMPLICATED!
Hearing aids can be set up to be fully automatic so they will be hassle free. Even if you need rechargeable batteries, there are many manufactures that recently have implemented this feature in their hearing aids.
WHAT IF I HAVE TINNITUS?
There is technology available to help with tinnitus. Although there is not a cure yet for tinnitus, some specific programs are dedicated as a tinnitus masker.