Hearing loss is debilitating, and can greatly reduce your quality of life. Depression, anxiety, and isolation are common. Memory and cognition are affected. Recent studies indicate there’s a strong correlation between hearing loss and dementia. It’s not a condition to take lightly.
Fortunately, hearing aids can help many with hearing loss regain their quality of life – if they choose to seek treatment. It is estimated that only one out of five people who can benefit from hearing aids actually use them. For many, there is a stigma over wearing them. Patients feel hearing aids will make them look old. In reality, untreated hearing loss is much more obvious to others. Today’s hearing aids are smaller and more powerful than ever; advances in digital technology have led to sound that is clearer and more natural, and a variety of features that reduce or eliminate bothersome side effects such as feedback.
If you’ve been diagnosed with hearing loss, we urge you to schedule an appointment to come see for yourself how hearing aids can change your life for the better. Keep in mind that hearing loss is an ongoing process, and your hearing is likely to change over time. By choosing a comprehensive practice like Central Oregon Audiology, you’re assured of receiving quality care targeted to your level of hearing loss – regardless of how it evolves over the years.
Choosing a Hearing Aid
Hearing aids come in a variety of sizes and styles, and are available with numerous features and options to consider when choosing a hearing aid. Some are tiny enough to fit inside your ear canal, while others may be worn externally and are more visible.
Hearing Aid Styles
Hearing aids have improved greatly with the advent of digital technology. If you’re picturing big and bulky hearing aids with questionable sound quality, you’ll be pleased to learn today’s instruments are smaller, more comfortable and provide sound that is more natural.
Invisible Hearing Aids
Hearing aids are designed to amplify sounds, permitting those with hearing loss to communicate more effectively. With a variety of sizes and styles available, sometimes the ultimate decision in choosing a hearing aid comes down to one simple factor: cosmetic preference.
Cochlear Implant Candidacy
For an individual with severe to profound hearing loss who does not succeed with hearing aids, the prospect of cochlear implantation is extremely exciting. It, however, is not appropriate for everyone. A patient must meet certain guidelines prior to proceeding with the surgery.
Financing Hearing Aids
There’s no denying the fact that hearing aids can be pricey. But regaining your ability to communicate is worth the expense! To help ease the financial burden of your purchase, Central Oregon Audiology offers financing options through Wells Fargo.
Hearing Aid Accessories
Once you’ve purchased hearing aids and gotten used to wearing them, you’ll probably want to consider hearing aid accessories for enhancing your communication abilities. There are a number of helpful add-ons that can simplify the experience and further improve your quality of life.