F.A.Q.

What is hearing loss ?
Hearing loss may be a result of many different conditions,and the cause may lie in any part of the hearing system.At any age,hearing can be damaged gradually or suddenly.A hearing loss is often gradual and painless, in many case developing so slowly it is barely noticeable.People themselves do not realise that they have have hearing loss even though family members,office colleagues and friends may be quite aware of it.For some all sounds will be heard,but its volume is low..For others ,speech and music sound will be slightly distorted.Many actually find it difficult to clearly hear specific sounds such as conversation both in typical environments and from a distance.

What are the causes of hearing loss ?
The major causes of hearing loss in adults are aging (presbycusis), noise exposure, disease and injury. The major cause of hearing loss in children is ear infections. Hearing loss in children can also be caused by congenital or birth defects , disease and injury.

How do one know that he/she has a hearing loss ?
Usually higher frequency sounds or high pitched sounds are the first to be inaudible.. These are sounds like women’s and children’s voices and birds’ singing. Other symptoms of hearing loss include difficulty of hearing in public gatherings, hearing the television or telephone and difficulty in understanding conversation within a group of people. People with hearing losses often complain that they can hear others talking but do not understand what is being said. It’s important to remember that hearing loss is generally a gradual process that goes undetected due to the body’s incredible ability to develop subtle coping strategies.

How does one get affected by hearing loss ?
Hearing loss will manifest itself in several ways. A hearing impaired person will have difficulty in hearing consonants spoken in normal conversations because consonents are normally spoken at higher frequencies and softer volumes, and vowels at lower frequencies and louder volumes.Hearing loss can dramatically change the affected person’s lifestyle. Adults having hearing loss may start isolating themselves from family and friends and show reluctance in participating in public events. Children with hearing loss may get negatively affected in their ability to learn, develop communication skills and to interact with others.

What are the different types of hearing losses ?
Hearing loss can occur anywhere in the auditory system. Hearing loss in the outer or middle ear is termed as “conductive loss.” where as loss in the inner ear is called “cochlear,” which is also called “sensorineural.” A person with both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss combined, it said to have “mixed loss .”Another type of hearing loss is associated with the central auditory nervous system, which includes the auditory nerve, the brainstem and the brain.

Can these Hearing losses be explained in more details ?
A person is said to have conductive hearing loss if sound is prevented from moving from the external ear through the middle ear to the cochlea or if excessive ear wax or foreign objects are placed in the ear canal or if fluid gets accumulated in the middle ear or if damage is caused to the eardrum or middle ear mechanism.person suffering from these type of losses can often be treated by medical and/or surgical treatment .It can become permanent and pose a serious health threat without medical treatment. Sensorineural hearing loss is due to problems in the inner ear and/or neural network. While the outer and middle ear conduct vibrations to the inner ear, some of the sensory hair cells within the cochlea are damaged and fail to pick up the complete nature of the sound. Sensorineural loss can be caused by aging, extended exposure to loud noise, use of ototoxic drugs and certain diseases.Due to the irreversibility of this kind of hearing loss hearing aids are the most common form of treatment.

How many people suffer from hearing loss ?
Hearing loss afflicts 300 million people worldwide.

Who are the most common victims of hearing loss ?
The most common occurance of hearing loss is significantly found in individuals over the age of 55. Hearing impairment affects between 20% and 30% of this age group. Hearing impairment is the second-most prevalent chronic condition, behind only deformities or orthopedic impairments such as spinal curvatures and flat feet, among people under the age of 65.

When do I need a Hearing Aid ?
Difficulty in hearing in public gatherings -concert halls, theatres, houses of worship – where sound sources are far from the listener. Difficulty in understanding conversation within a group of people or when someone speaks to you in a whisper. Adults avoiding group meetings, social occasions, or family gatherings where listening may be difficult or where one may feel embarrassed about misunderstanding what is being said. Asking others to repeat themselves or listening to sounds or speakers with a cocked head.Misinterpreting a spoken message. Frustrating or emarrasing situation faced when speaking to friends ,relatives or any stranger due to hearing loss. You have difficulty hearing the television, radio or telephone at a normal level. Your hearing causes you to have arguments with family members and causes difficulties hinder your social life. . You feel that you are impaired by your hearing problem.

How effective are these hearing aids for people having hearing loss ?
Hearing aid manufactures have yet to take full advantage of the new technology found in the electronics and computer industries, although some progress has been made in several stages during the last century or so. Almost 80% of the hearing aids sold today, follow the 30-year-old technology that essentially delivers the poor sound quality of a 78-rpm record with only amplification adjustments, due to which their retail price is generally low. The remaining 20% of hearing aids employ technology similar to that used on audio cassette tapes. But now the introduction of digital technology has drastically improved the ability to process signals in hearing aids and to provide clearer and more natural amplification.

Is a hearing test painful ?
Hearing aid manufactures have yet to take full advantage of the new technology found in the electronics and computer industries, although some progress has been made in several stages during the last century or so. Almost 80% of the hearing aids sold today, follow the 30-year-old technology that essentially delivers the poor sound quality of a 78-rpm record with only amplification adjustments, due to which their retail price is generally low. The remaining 20% of hearing aids employ technology similar to that used on audio cassette tapes. But now the introduction of digital technology has drastically improved the ability to process signals in hearing aids and to provide clearer and more natural amplification.

Where can a person get more information on hearing loss and about hearing aids?
Your general physician is the first person to diagonise your hearing loss.and make sure there are no other problems that could be medically or surgically corrected. Later a visit to a licensed Hearing Health Care Professional is suggested. Finding a Hearing Health Care Professional is relatively easy. If you have a friend who wears a hearing aid, ask them to recommend their dispenser. Visit the internet sites of “Hearing Aids” or refer to the yellow pages of the local telephone book under “Hearing Aids.” Hearing Health Care Professional should not be selected on the basis of price alone because some dispensers “package” their price based upon the services, support and follow-up they offer. Therefore, the dispenser that charges more may offer you more of these than a “discount” dispenser. Ease of travel ,parking facilities etc. should also be considered as one needs to visit their dispenser occasionally for fitting, follow-up and later on servicing.

What is the time duration for making of a new hearing aid ?
The time taken after an ear impression is taken to the time the hearing aid is delivered to your dispenser can range from 3 days (if it is a rush order ) to two weeks, depending on your location, the time of year, your particular ear anatomy, and other factors.

Do hearing aids come with any guarantees ?
Elkon offers a standard 1 year warranty . However, the dispenser may add a professional fee for his/her services and shipping/handling during that time even though the repair itself is covered. Repairs on hearing aids that are past their warranty coverage are normally warranted for 6 months after the repair.

I have difficulty hearing on the telephone. Will hearing aids help me hear better?
Yes! For some people, certain hearing aid styles (such as tiny completely-in-the-canal or open fit behind-the-ear instruments) require no special features or adaptations for using the telephone. With other models, a telecoil or automatic telecoil feature in the hearing aid can be used to pick up the signal from the telephone directly. This feature bypasses the hearing aid’s microphone, so that wearers can hold the telephone right against the ear without being bothered by feedback or whistling that can occur. Use of telecoil or automatic telecoil requires a hearing aid compatible telephone, or in some cases, thr use of a small magnet accessory that attaches to the telephone handset.
Some cell phones may cause radio frequency interference with hearing aids, causing static, buzzing, or crackling sounds. However, each cell phone manufacturer is now required by law to make several models that are hearing aid compatible. When buying a new cell phone, be sure to ask the salesperson to show you hearing aid compatible models. In addition, the FDA recommends trying different cell phone brands and models before you buy in order to determine which may work best for you with your hearing aids.
New technology is now available with some premium hearing aids that enables wearers to connect their hearing aids to Bluetooth- enabled cell phones wirelessly through a small remote control. Not only does this enable convenient hands-free cell phone conversations, it also routes the cell phone signal to both hearing aids simultaneously so wearers can listen on the phone using both ears for optimum hearing.
There are also a variety of amplified telephone solutions for people who have difficulty hearing on the telephone. If you have difficulties hearing on the telephone, however, chances are you’re having difficulty in other areas as well and an amplified telephone may not serve all your hearing needs.
Speak with your hearing care professional to determine which solutions would be best for your hearing needs