HEARING LOSS

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I Might Have Hearing Loss

Not sure if you are experiencing hearing loss? Learn more about the next steps!

I Have Hearing Loss

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Getting Started

About Hearing Loss

When you have trouble hearing what’s being said around you, you can feel very isolated. Cut off from the conversation and unable to keep up with a debate or laugh along with jokes, you can feel left out and alone.  

Online Hearing Test

If you think you might have hearing loss, take this quick test to determine if further action is necessary. 

Find A Professional

We know how stressful it can be to find a provider that you can trust. We’re here to help. Fill out our Find A Professional form.

Together, we can help you rediscover your hearing.

Your visit to a hearing care professional

An in-clinic hearing evaluation typically includes several simple tests that determine a person’s hearing sensitivity.

STEP ONE:

Answering some simple questions about your hearing experiences

STEP TWO:

Having your ear canals checked for obstructions

STEP THREE:

Listening and responding to different tones and speech samples

About Hearing Aids

There are many types of hearing aids available. Ranging from behind-the-ear to custom models, each style offers unique benefits for the different types of hearing loss. Find which one meets your needs. 

BEHIND-THE-EAR

Behind-the-Ear (BTE) styles are appropriate for people of all ages and fit the widest range of hearing loss. Designed to fit behind the outer ear, BTE hearing aids offer a discreet solution, while providing the most amplification.

Types of Hearing Loss:
All Types

Benefits: 
Discreet Solution
Most Amplification

RECEIVER-IN-EAR

Receiver-in-Ear (RIE) hearing aids may be the solution for those who want a small hearing aid that that sits outside the ear. RIE hearing aids are similar to BTE hearing aids, but they are smaller because the receiver is placed in the ear instead of the housing.

Types of Hearing Loss:
All Types

Benefits: 
Smaller Aids
Discreet Solution
Quality Amplification

MIC-IN-HELIX

The MIH custom hearing aid is a unique solution for all types of hearing loss, which only ReSound offers. The largest part and computerized ‘brain’ of the MIH design sits in the ear, and the microphone lies discreetly under the small rim of your ear (known as the helix), connected by an invisible tube.

Types of Hearing Loss:
All Types

Benefits: 
Natural Sound Quality
Microphone Removal
Small Design
Wind Noise Reduction
Feedback Reduction

IN-THE-EAR

An ITE custom hearing aid is the largest style, and it covers all types of hearing loss, even severe hearing loss. Therefore, it has the most advanced features, such as ear-to-ear communication (right and left hearing aids connect with each other via a wireless signal). You can also enjoy wireless connectivity, so you can stream sound and calls from different iOS® and Android™ devices to the hearing aids.

Types of Hearing Loss:
All Types Including Severe

Benefits:
Ear-to-Ear Communication
Wireless Connectivity

IN-THE-CANAL

The ITC custom hearing aid is the most popular style within custom-made hearing aids. It comes with even more options, including a dual mic, to hear the sound you want to focus on as well as be aware of sounds around you. ITC hearing aids also have wireless functionality, so they can connect with smartphones and stream phone calls and music directly to your ears.

Types of Hearing Loss:

Benefits:
Dual Mic
Wireless Functionality

COMPLETELY-IN-CANAL

CIC style custom-made hearing aids are also small, yet slightly larger than the IIC model. This is to make room for the functionalities that give you options to customize sound, such as volume control and changing programs to suit different sound environments. Therefore, CIC custom hearing aids will suit you if you have a mild to moderate hearing loss and want a little more control over your hearing aids.

Types of Hearing Loss:
Mild to Moderate

Benefits:
Custom Sound
Volume Control
Programs for Different Environments

INVISIBLE-IN-CANAL

The IIC style of hearing aid is the smallest style. It sits discreetly inside the ear canal, so it appears almost invisible to the eye. If you’re looking for a super-discreet hearing aid and have a mild to moderate hearing loss, this could be a perfect solution for you.

ReSound Hearing Aids

Your hearing experience should address your unique needs. 
With our portfolio of heaing aids we have a solution for everyone.

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BENEFITS TO TREATING HEARING LOSS

RELATIONSHIPS

Relationships rely on good communication. Hearing loss can hinder the potential for responsiveness, but using hearing aids is the start to repairing communication. 

EARNINGS

Hearing is critical to meeting one’s full potential at work. Studies show that risk of income loss can be reduced by using hearing aids. 

COGNITIVE SKILLS

Studies show that seniors with hearing loss are more prone to dementia, but by using hearing aids, they likely can improve their cognitive skills. 

HAPPINESS

Hearing loss can make people feel frustrated and alone. Restoring the ability to engage socially and live confidently boosts quality of life. 

SELF-CONFIDENCE

Using hearing aids to bring back the gift of sound can improve one’s sense of control and self-confidence.

Adjusting to Your New Hearing Aids

The tips below can help you adjust to your new hearing aids and get the most out of every listening experience.

Your hearing care professional will advise you on how long each day to wear your hearing aids during the first few weeks. During this time you will become more comfortable wearing the devices as well as putting them on and taking them off. 

Hearing aids are designed to provide you with a greater range of sounds and these new sounds may surprise and tire you at first. It’s okay to take a break from conversations or noisy environments, as needed. 

It is likely that at first, your voice will sound different and this is to be expected. The more consistently you wear your hearing aids the better your voice will sound to you. 

Avoid turning up the volume too loud, as this can lead to distorted sound and discomfort. If possible, program your hearing aids to automatically adjust when in different listening environments. 

Start by focusing on what you want to hear and practice filtering out the rest. 

Maintaining Your Hearing Aids

Maintaining your hearing aids through daily cleanings and regular service visits is important. Proper care helps retain optimum hearing conditions, extends the life of your hearing aids and ensures good hygiene. 

– Clean gently
– Avoid dropping
– Store in a dry and cool place
– Change the battery before running out of power
– Maintain excellent ear hygiene
– Wash hands before touching the devices
– Change wax filters regularly
– Switch devices off when not in use
– Leave repairs and servicing to a professional
– Remove devices prior to showering, swimming or when blow drying hair

– Have your hearing care professional show you how to properly clean your hearing aids
– Purchase hearing aid cleaning tools through your hearing care professional
– Hold the hearing aid over a soft surface, in case it is dropped during cleaning
– Never use water, alcohol, solvents or cleaning fluids on the hearing aids

how you can help a loved one hear better

 Do you suspect someone in your family is experiencing hearing loss? Here are a few ways you can offer your support:

1

Let them know you care about their hearing and that they have your support

2

Suggest that they have their hearing checked by a hearing care professional – the sooner the better

3

Offer to make an appointment with a hearing care professional and go with them if they wish

Help a loved one reach their fullest hearing potential

Common Signs of Hearing Loss:

Missing parts of conversations

Difficulty hearing in noisy environments

Complaining of muffled speech

Straining or difficulty understanding words

Asking to turn up the volume on TV or radio

Common Causes of Hearing Loss:

Advanced aging

Exposure to extremely loud or continuously loud noise

Certain medications

Genetics

Infections or virus

Birth defects

Head or ear trauma

 

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