Frequently Asked Questions
What is an Audiologist or Doctor of Audiology?
Doctors of Audiology are state licensed professionals who have received a minimum of doctoral level degree in the field of Audiology. Audiologists are skilled professionals who are licensed to run diagnostic tests, diagnose disorders related to the hearing and balance systems, provide treatment options for these areas, as well as fit and dispense hearing devices.
What can cause hearing loss?
There can be many causes of hearing loss ranging from genetics, loud noise exposure, age, certain ototoxic drugs, disease such as measles and mumps, as well as diabetes and cardiovascular issues. Other causes can include brain injury or tumors.
If I lose my hearing, will it return?
In most cases, once there has been damage to the hearing system it remains permanent, but there are certain types of hearing disorders that are not permanent. A consultation with a licensed audiologist can help you understand what type of hearing loss you have and what can be expected as a result.
What are the indicators of hearing loss?
Difficulty understanding in social situations, asking others to repeat often, complaints from friends and family that you do not hear well. If you are concerned you have hearing loss, an audiological evaluation can reveal the severity of hearing loss and how it can affect your abilities in communication.
Why should I protect my hearing?
We know that exposure to loud sounds can affect hearing abilities. Even 1 shot from a gun unprotected can cause permanent damage to the hearing system. Using a hearing protective device can prolong your ears ability to hear and understand in all listening situations without the use of any assistive devices such as hearing aids.
What ways can I protect my hearing?
Using hearing protections such as ear plugs, ear muffs or custom protectors are all great ways to help prolong natural hearing. Many hunters and shooters prefer custom “Active” hearing protectors that allow them to hear speech and environmental sounds in between shots, but provide excellent hearing protection when in the presence of potentially damaging loud noise.