Signs and Symptoms of Hearing Loss

This simple quiz can help get you started on your path to understanding your hearing health.

1. Do you have trouble hearing with a lot of background noise?


Frequently Asked Questions

You're not alone. Many people have questions about hearing loss and hearing aids. Click on a question below to get answers to some of the most common questions we are asked.

How common is hearing loss?
1 in 10 Americans have hearing loss. It is increasingly common for those who work in professions where they are often exposed to high levels of noise. Other factors such as age and family medical history can also contribute to your likelihood of having hearing loss.
How do I know if I have hearing loss?
If friends or loved ones start to comment on your hearing, take them seriously. Don’t ignore it if you find you're always asking others to slow down, speak up, or repeat themselves. It takes a lot of focus to strain to hear, which can eventually lead to brain atrophy. Seek out a hearing professional, and bring someone you trust for support.
Once I’m in the office, how will I be diagnosed?
First, you will complete a questionnaire about your health and hearing, which we will review with you. We then perform an otoscope exam of the ear canal to check for wax buildup. We will perform an audiometric evaluation in a soundproof booth, and conduct a speech and pure tone test. This determines your ability to understand speech. We review your test results and answer any and all questions you have about your specific hearing problem and your options for treatment.
What are the most common types of hearing loss?
Sensorineural and conductive are the most common types of hearing loss. Sensorineural damage or nerve loss occurs when there is damage to the delicate nerves to the inner ear. Conductive hearing occurs due to wax or another blockage in the ear canal or damage to the bones of middle ear.
Should I wear them every day?
Yes, wearing your hearing aids every day will help you adjust to them, and hear and understand at your fullest potential. Once you realize what you've been missing, you'll never want to be without them.
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Advice for Hearing Aid Wearers

Once you are fit with your hearing aids, it is best to use them daily. Since you use them so frequently, it’s important to adjust and maintain them as needed. You will need to learn how to clean them, as well as best practices for charging and battery use. Ear hygiene is also important to keeping your hearing aids functioning properly. Handle your hearing aids with care, as they are sensitive. Your hearing aid should be kept in a case at night.

Remember, being diagnosed and fit with hearing aids is just the first step. Your hearing aids will need follow-up care and maintenance to prolong their lifespan and make sure you get the most out of your devices.

Hearing Myths

Hearing technology is a very midunderstood topic. We trust that our truths shared below will help clear a few things up.

Myth #1: Hearing aids will bring my hearing back to normal.

Fact: Hearing aids cannot cure your hearing loss, but they can greatly improve your hearing and quality of life. While hearing aids are not a cure, not wearing them could cause your hearing damage to get worse.

Myth #2: My Primary Care Physician will tell me if they think I have hearing loss.

Fact: Not all Primary Care Physicians will check for hearing loss. There are many co-morbidities (the simultaneous presence of two chronic diseases or conditions in a patient) associated with hearing loss. Please tell your physician if you care experiencing symptoms of hearing loss so they can recommend you for a hearing evaluation.

Myth #3: Hearing aids are just for the elderly.

Fact: People of all ages can experience hearing loss. Children can be born with hearing loss or acquire it after experiencing complications due to illness. Adults that work in noise-filled environments, and those predisposed to genetic hearing loss can be diagnosed at an earlier age.

Myth #4: A hearing aid is a hearing aid, I'll just wear my mother's old ones.

Fact: Your ears are sensitive and every lifestyle is different. A hearing evaluation is essential to a good start in combatting hearing loss. We want to speak to you particular lifestyle and needs. Those cannot usually be met by wearing someone else's hearing aids.

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Myth #5: Hearing aids are all big and bulky.

Fact: This is no longer true. Technology moves very fast. In recent years, there have been many great developments in connectivity and aesthetics of aids of hearing aids. We offer many different styles, colors, and sizes based on your personal needs.

To learn more, please visit any of the following links:

• Free Hearing Evaluations       • Free Loaner Aids       • Free Demos

Springfield Hearing Aid Specialists
162 Park Street
Springfield, VT 05156

p. (802) 885-3399
Dartmouth Hearing Aid Specialists
93 South Main Street
West Lebanon, NH 03784

p. (603) 298-7800


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162 Park Street
Springfield, VT 05156

(802) 885-3399
M, W, F: 9:00am - 4:00pm
93 South Main Street
West Lebanon, NH 03784

(603) 298-7800
T, Th: 10:00am - 4:00pm
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