What is an Audiologist?

An Audiologist is the professional who specializes in evaluating and treating people with hearing loss. Audiologists hold masters or doctoral degrees from accredited universities and special training in the prevention, identifications, assessment and non-medical treatment of hearing disorders.

Audiologists conduct a wide variety of tests to determine the exact nature of an individual’s hearing problem. Audiologists dispense and fit hearing aids, administer balance tests to evaluate dizziness, and provide hearing rehabilitation training.

Why should I be tested by an Audiologist instead of a hearing aid dealer?

Audiologists have completed 8 years of education focusing on the auditory system. Therefore, they are qualified to determine underlying medical conditions associated with hearing loss as well as provide the technology necessary to improving hearing. Therefore, an audiologist is the most qualified to diagnose, treat, and rehabilitate someone who has a hearing loss.

In North Carolina, the education requirements of a hearing aid dispenser/dealer or hearing aid specialist are a High School Diploma/GED.

What are the different kinds of hearing loss?

There are three types of hearing loss: conductive, sensorineral, and mixed hearing loss. Conductive hearing loss is hearing loss that occurs from loss of sound sensitivity resulting from abnormalities of the middle and/or outer ear. Sensorineural hearing loss results from abnormalities of the inner ear and/or nerve paths to the brain. This type of hearing loss often referred to as “nerve deafness”. Mixed hearing losses are those that have symptoms of both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss.

What causes hearing loss?

Hearing loss can have many causes. Most common is the deterioration of inner ear structures due to the aging process. Occupational and recreation noise exposure are major contributors as well. Even excessive earwax can cause temporary hearing loss. Examples: Noise exposure (military, hunting, music, industrial, racing, power saws, lawn mowers, etc.) Hearing loss can be hereditary. Certain chemotherapy and radiation treatments and some heavy-duty antibiotics can also cause hearing loss. Head traumas, earwax buildup, ear infections, and viral infections can also cause hearing loss.

Does earwax cause hearing loss?

Earwax or cerumen is an oily, fatty substance that is created to protect the ear canal. Each individual creates different amounts of wax. It is possible for the wax to partially or completely block the ear canal. If it builds up enough it can sometimes block sound from getting to the eardrum – causing a temporary hearing loss...until the wax is removed.

What are some symptoms of hearing loss?

Others complain you have the television too loud. You have problems hearing birds or nature sounds. You have difficulty hearing female voices or children. You have difficulty hearing in groups. You find yourself confusing words or making silly mistakes misunderstanding conversations.

What is the “ringing” sensation in my head or ears?

Tinnitus is a ringing, roaring, ‘cricket-like’ or similar noise in the ear and / or head. The ringing is usually an indication of some damage to your auditory system. It can be constant or periodic and on one specific side or in the middle of your head. In most cases this ringing is benign, but an evaluation is necessary to determine the cause.

Will wearing a hearing instrument restore my hearing to normal?

Hearing aids will make most sounds available to you, but unfortunately they will not restore your hearing back to its original state. Hearing aids are not a cure for hearing loss. Our goal, as audiologists is to lessen the frustration that results from hearing loss, and keep you connected with those around you.

What should I do if I think I have hearing loss?

The first step is to have your hearing evaluated by an audiologist. We will be able to accurately evaluate your hearing issues and determine if there is hearing loss, what type, and degree of hearing loss it may be. More importantly, we will be able to offer you solutions.

What will I learn from a hearing evaluation?

You will find out if you have hearing loss and what type of hearing loss you have. If you do have a hearing loss, we will work with you to find the best solution for your individual needs.

Can I afford a hearing aid?

Hearing instrument prices vary depending upon the model and style, but also upon the degree of your hearing loss and the life style they are needed for. We also offer flexible payment plans to fit most budgets. So in short...Yes, hearing aids are an affordable solution for the frustration that hearing loss can cause.

Does Medicare cover hearing evaluations?

Yes, they cover all full diagnostic testing. However, Medicare will not cover a hearing evaluation for the purpose of fitting a hearing instrument. However, at Manna Audiology, hearing screenings, for the the purpose of fitting a hearing instrument, are FREE! Our goal is to get you the help you need.

Does traditional health insurance cover hearing aids?

Typically, standard health insurance does not cover hearing aids. However, there are infrequent occasions when special hearing aid benefits are included in health care coverage. Check with your insurance agent or human resources department to learn if your insurance includes hearing aid benefits.

What brands of hearing aids do you sell?

We only use the highest quality products available in the hearing aid industry. Our experience has helped us select the best and most reliable hearing aids on the market. Among the major manufacturers, we use AGX, Oticon, Starkey, Sonic, Phonak, Resound, Widex, Siemens, and others.

What warranty is provided with hearing aids?

The standard industry hearing aid warranty from the manufacturer ranges from 1-3 years depending on company and product selected. In addition, Manna Audiology offers extended warranty options for hearing aids that are no longer under manufacturer’s warranty.