How Can You Get Evaluated for a Hearing Aid?

If you suspect that you might need a hearing aid, you should schedule an appointment with one of our audiologists for a hearing evaluation. During your evaluation, a case history will be taken to determine the extent to which your hearing problem impacts your day-to-day life as well as the lives of your family members. Your audiologist will also review your medical history with you and ask you when and how your hearing loss started; if you have ringing in your ears (tinnitus); and if you experience dizziness.

The results from your hearing test will provide your audiologist with an outline of what sounds you may be missing or hearing. In addition, the personal answers about your daily life and your perception of your hearing will provide the basis for a more comprehensive hearing evaluation. You may be referred to a medical doctor specializing in disorders of the ear if you are a candidate for hearing aids or if there are other medical conditions your hearing professional thinks should be addressed before hearing aids are recommended. This referral is often the first step in the hearing aid examination.

If your hearing test reveals permanent hearing loss, your audiologist may recommend a hearing aid for one or both ears. He or she may explain what sounds you are not hearing and what a hearing aid (or hearing aids) can do to help. It is usually at this appointment that you will get to see and touch different styles of hearing aids. In some cases, you may even be able to listen to a hearing aid. Your hearing professional will help you choose the best hearing aid style, features, and level of sophistication based on your degree of hearing loss, your lifestyle, and your financial circumstances. However, the final decision regarding which hearing aid to purchase is yours.

Are You a Candidate for Hearing Aids?

Hearing aids are not for everyone. It usually depends on the type of hearing loss or the degree of hearing loss you may have as to whether or not a hearing aid will work for you. Most people who have a sensorineural hearing loss can greatly benefit from using hearing aids. A sensorineural hearing loss occurs when there is damage to the small sensory cells in the inner ear, called hair cells. This damage often occurs as a result of disease, aging, or injury from noise or certain medicine. To learn more about the different types of hearing loss.

How Can Hearing Aids Help?

Hearing aids help to improve hearing and speech comprehension for people who have a hearing loss. A hearing aid magnifies sound vibrations entering the ear. Hair cells detect the larger vibrations and convert them into neural signals that are passed along to the brain. The more severe the hearing loss, the greater the hearing aid amplification needed.

Which Hearing Aid Style is Right For You?

When selecting a hearing aid style, our audiologists consider the following factors to ensure you get the right hearing aid for your needs:

  • The degree of hearing loss (power requirements)
  • Manual dexterity and visual abilities
  • Patient budget
  • Cosmetics
  • Skin sensitivities
  • Anatomical/medical considerations

Contact Us

Contact us today for any of your hearing healthcare needs. For your convenience, you may schedule an appointment online or give us a call at  (603) 792-4327.

How is tinnitus treated?

At NHHI, we have deep compassion for people with tinnitus and thus strive to be a trusted and helpful resource for tinnitus patients. In that regard, we offer several treatment options to help patients experience a better quality of life, no matter the degree or severity of their tinnitus.

During your tinnitus consultation, your audiologist will go over the various treatment options available and will help you decide which one would best meet your needs and lifestyle.

Many of the treatment options available are FDA-approved. To learn more, check out our page on Tinnitus Treatment.

Can tinnitus be cured?

Unfortunately, there is no cure for tinnitus for patients with chronic (ongoing) symptoms (e.g.,  people with a sensorineural hearing loss); however, for patients who have an acute (temporary) case of tinnitus, they may see those symptoms go away over time with proper treatment.

Are there different types of tinnitus?

A person may be diagnosed with either subjective or objective tinnitus. Subjective tinnitus is the most common type and refers to head or ear noises that only the patient hears. Objective tinnitus is less common than subjective and refers to head or ear noises that are audible to both the patient and others. These sounds are usually produced by internal functions in the body’s circulatory (blood flow) and somatic (musculoskeletal movement) systems.

Are there any risk factors for tinnitus?

Men are at a higher risk for developing tinnitus than women because they are often in occupations that expose them to loud noise over an extended period of time (e.g., factory workers, construction workers, military service, and the music industry). Other factors that may increase a person’s risk for developing tinnitus include age, smoking, and cardiovascular problems.

What are the symptoms of tinnitus?

People who suffer from tinnitus have varying symptoms, but often describe the sounds they perceive in one of three ways:  

  • Tonal – a continuous sound with well-defined frequencies 
  • Pulsatile – a pulsing sound, like that of a heartbeat 
  • Musical – a music or singing sound on a continuous loop  

Tinnitus symptoms can have a grave effect on one’s daily life, and as a result may cause secondary symptoms of depression, anxiety, mood swings, irritability, and pain. For some people, tinnitus also affects sleep and concentration, or their ability to work and socialize.