Frequently Asked Questions

about hearing loss & hearing aids

Since most hearing loss comes on gradually, we don’t always notice the changes in our hearing ability as quickly as others around us do. By the time most of us realize we are missing more than a little of the conversation going on around us, we have actually been living with a hearing loss for a few years or more.

Living with a hearing loss means learning to compensate. Watching faces, looking to conversational topics for clues, asking for repetition, or removing ourselves from situations in which we can’t hear well are all forms of compensation. We may even tell others that people no longer speak clearly. When these tactics no longer work for us, our hearing has become a problem and we seek the help of a hearing healthcare professional. Others will wait until friends or loved ones urge us “to do something” about our hearing problem.