Hearing Loss

You are not alone

Hearing loss is very common, with the prevalence growing with age. Fifteen per cent of adults report hearing difficulties. In adults aged 65 to 74 nearly 25 per cent have hearing loss, rising to 50 per cent in those over 75 years of age.

Symptoms of hearing loss include:

  • Conversation sounding muffled or unclear when among family and friends.
  • Difficulty understanding speech, especially in groups or when noise is present.
  • Asking others to repeat themselves.
  • Turning the television volume up.
  • Mistaking similar words in conversation. E.g., lake and cake.
  • Avoiding social situations and conversations because of hearing difficulties.
  • Trouble using the telephone.
  • Tinnitus (ringing, buzzing, hissing sounds in the ear).

The majority of cases of hearing loss are permanent; however one does not need to live in a muffled world. Today’s hearing aids do an excellent job of helping people hear.

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The Hearing Test

What to expect

At McIntyre Hearing Clinic we provide comprehensive hearing assessments. The test is quick, easy and painless, typically taking between 30 and 60 minutes. Your appointment will begin with a case history and the opportunity to share any hearing concerns.

Next, the audiologist will look into your ear with an otoscope. This allows the audiologist to check for wax blockages and examine the outer ear, ear canal and ear drum. The audiologist will then do several different tests to determine if a hearing loss is present.

After testing is completed, the audiologist will go over your results with you, explaining the type and severity of your hearing loss – if present.

The audiologist may then recommend the following:

  • No further testing if the hearing test is normal.
  • A hearing aid trial.
  • Medical follow up with your family doctor or otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat specialist (ENT)) if a medically corrective problem is identified.

Myths and Facts

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Myth: Hearing aids can damage your hearing.

Fact: Properly fitted hearing aids will not damage your hearing.

Myth: A mild hearing loss is not bad enough for a hearing aid.

Fact: Everyone’s hearing loss and listening needs are different. By working with your audiologist, you can determine if a hearing aid is needed and how much it will improve your hearing.

Myth: Wearing two hearing aids is not necessary.

Fact: We normally hear with two ears. Binaural (two-eared) hearing helps us localize sounds, assists us in noisy settings, and provides natural sound quality. Most people with hearing loss in both ears can understand better with two aids than with one.

Myth: Hearing aids are expensive.

Fact: Hearing aids range in price and technology levels from basic to premium. Funding is available to all patients to offset the cost. McIntyre Hearing Clinic will work with you to select a hearing aid that fits your needs and budget. Government funding is available.

Myth: Hearing aids are difficult to use.

Fact: Today’s hearing aids are much simpler to use than hearing aids in the past. The audiologist can set up the hearing aid so it is automatic and no adjustments or volume changes by the user are required.

Myth: Hearing aids do not work, they just make everything louder.

Fact: While this may have been true years ago, today’s hearing aids are very advanced. They automatically amplify soft sounds that are missed without making loud sounds and background noise louder.

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