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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Audiologist?
An Audiologist is the professional who specializes in evaluating and treating people with hearing loss. Audiologists have extensive training and skills to evaluate the hearing of adults, infants, and children of all ages. 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 a test of balance to evaluate dizziness, and provide hearing rehabilitation training.

Why should someone with hearing loss be evaluated by and Audiologist?
Audiologists hold masters or doctoral degrees from accredited universities and special training in the prevention, identifications, assessment and non-medical treatment of hearing disorders.

What are the different kinds of hearing loss?
There are three types of hearing loss: conductive, sensorineural, and mixed hearing loss.

  • Conductive- 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 aging. Occupational and recreation noise exposure are major contributors to pre-mature hearing problems. Even excessive ear wax can cause temporary 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 occlude the ear canal. This can result in typically a mild to moderate conductive hearing loss, that once the wax is removed, the hearing is restored.

What are some symptoms of hearing loss?

  • Others complain you have the television too loud
  • You have problems hearing birds or wind
  • 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 in my head or ears?
Tinnitus is a common symptom indicated by a ringing, roaring, 'cricket-like' or other noise in the ear and / or head. The ringing is usually an indication of some damage to your auditory system (especially noise damage). It can be constant or periodic and on one specific side or in the middle of your head. There is no magic cure for tinnitus, but there are methods that can help you live with it. Please refer to the tinnitus section on our website for additional information.

What are some causes of hearing loss?

  • Noise exposure (military, hunting, music, industrial, racing, power saws, lawn mowers)
  • Heredity
  • Certain chemotherapy and radiation treatments
  • Certain heavy-duty antibiotics
  • Head trauma
  • Wax
  • Ear infections
  • Viral infections
  • The aging processes

Will wearing a hearing instrument restore my hearing to normal?
Unfortunately, NO. They will not restore your hearing to normal, but they will make most sounds available to you at your hearing level.

What should I do if I think I have a loss?
See your local Audigy Certified audiologist for a complete hearing evaluation.

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.

I know people that have hearing instruments and do not wear them. Will this happen to me?
Everyone's hearing loss is unique. Although someone you know may have had a negative experience with hearing instruments, doesn't mean you will. Properly selected and fit hearing aids are very successful. We recognize however, that it is important that every hearing instrument patient have the opportunity to have their own experiences, that's why we offer 75 day trials. This provides ample time for you to learn about amplification. It also allows time for adjustment to improved hearing and affords the audiologist time to fine-tune your instruments. At the end of your 75 day trial, you will have a realistic appreciation of hearing instrument performance.

What level of hearing improvement is reasonable?
This varies from person to person based upon the extent and nature of the hearing loss.

Can I afford a hearing instrument?
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. Manna Audiology offers flexible payment plans to fit most budgets.

Does Medicare, Medicare supplemental cover hearing evaluation?
Yes, they cover all diagnostic testing.

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 kind 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, 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.