When seeking advice about your health, it is best to seek out someone with the most knowledge, education and experience to help you make the best decisions. When it comes to hearing loss, it should be no different. It’s a wiser choice to go see an Audiologist rather than big box stores, such as Sam’s and Costco. There are many differences between the two.

Here are some of them:

Today's world is noisy. We all know that most restaurants are noisy, bowling alleys are noisy, but hearing aid users cannot escape from noise in their own homes. Hearing in noise is easier when an individual is fit with 2 hearing aids instead of 1. Two aids help with better sound quality and helps with listening in noise. Directional microphones are the most effective noise reduction strategy in hearing aids.

The main goals when fitting hearing instruments are to improve the ability to hear comfortable, soft or distant sounds and to improve speech understanding. Even with the best hearing aids, some individuals will still encounter hearing difficulties due to a damaged auditory system, reduced cognitive ability and/or difficult hearing environment.

Assistive listening devices will sometimes help. With the wireless hearing aid technology today, assistive devices can improve understanding for TV, phones or remote microphones.

Every hearing instrument has one or more microphones which pick up sound from the environment. This acoustic signal is transformed to an electrical signal. It's then amplified and adapted according to the individual's hearing loss. The receiver (or "loudspeaker") reconverts the electrical signal into an acoustic signal which is directed down the ear canal.

A French study found that just one in 123 tinnitus patients suffered no hearing loss. In the majority of cases, a connection was found between the nature of the patient's hearing loss and how they experienced the ringing in their ears.

The researchers and audiologists examined the degree of hearing loss in the tinnitus patients and the reasons for their hearing loss. The results were collated with the patients’ descriptions of how they experienced their tinnitus.

The results indicated that patients suffering from age or noise-related hearing loss generally experience their tinnitus as a constant high-pitched sound. Patients whose hearing loss was caused by Ménières disease or similar syndromes experienced their tinnitus as a varied and low hum.

Relations were also found between the degree of hearing loss and the frequencies of low hearing. The frequency of the tinnitus noise as described by the study participants was most often directly related to the measured frequencies of their hearing loss. The loudness of the experienced tinnitus also corresponded to the degree of hearing loss.

The researchers believe that various measurements of the patients’ hearing may provide a simple and indirect test on which an evaluation of tinnitus levels may be based. In the treatment of tinnitus, it is particularly important to be able to record changes in the patient’s experience of his or her tinnitus.

(Information provided by Characteristics of Tinnitus and Etiology of Associated Hearing Loss: A Study of 123 Patients, International Tinnitus Journal, 2002)


About Tinnitus

Tinnitus is the sensation of hearing a ringing, humming, buzzing sound in the ear, without an external stimulus. While there is no cure for tinnitus, there are tinnitus treatment techniques and new technologies that can help ease your symptoms. At Manatee Ear Center, we offer a tinnitus treatment program, incorporating Oticon OPN instruments and counseling services, to help ease your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

For additional information or to schedule an appointment, contact us. We've provided high-quality hearing aids and audiology services to our patients in Manatee and Sarasota County, Florida since 1977.

If you have hearing loss in both ears, and if both ears can benefit from hearing aids, then it's more likely that you will hear much better with two hearing aids.

It's important to realize that there are no "normal" animals born with only one ear. Animals - and humans - have two ears because we need two ears. If you try to amplify sound in only one ear, you should not expect to hear very well. Even the best hearing aids will sound "flat" or "dull" if worn in only one ear.


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