Answers to your most asked hearing questions.
Yes, hearing aids can help reduce your perception of tinnitus. Although you can have tinnitus without being hearing impaired, hearing aids are still a great management option. If you are interested in tinnitus masking hearing aids, contact our office.
No, hearing aids do not cause vertigo, dizziness, or other balance problems. Often times, vertigo and hearing loss can occur together. This is because of the proximity of the hearing nerve to your sense of balance, which is also located within the cochlea. If you are experiencing dizziness and hearing loss you should come in for a hearing screening immediately.
You should never put cotton swabs – or any other object – inside your ear canal. Cotton swabs will actually push earwax further into your ear canal, causing an impaction. They can also harm the delicate parts of your inner ear. If you have clogged ears due to earwax, you should visit a physician.
If you have hearing loss in both ears, then yes, you should wear bilateral hearing aids. It’s important to wear two hearing aids to ensure both your ears are receiving sounds. This way you can hear more sounds, and one ear won’t worsen.
There is little evidence connecting COVID and tinnitus. If you have experienced hearing loss or tinnitus after having COVID, you should talk to a physician.
A hearing test will determine if you have hearing loss, and what degree of loss you have. To pass a hearing test would require a “normal” hearing ability, indicating you can hear noises between 0 and 25 decibels across the frequency range. After we’ve evaluated your hearing, we will show you your audiogram and what range of decibels you can hear.