Hearing Loss Overview

Hearing loss is one of the largest health concerns in the United States. Some 48 million Americans are living with hearing loss, with only about one out of five receiving treatment for it. Hearing aids are the most common treatment for hearing loss, and they are more effective and comfortable to wear than ever before.

Do I Have Hearing Loss?

Common signs of hearing loss include:

  • Difficulty keeping up with conversations, especially when background noise is present
  • Fatigue after a shorter time in social settings
  • It seems like everyone is mumbling
  • You prefer the television volume higher than others in the house
  • Avoiding social time

Usually, if someone tells you you might have hearing loss, you probably do. Others may hear things more easily and be surprised when you don’t notice certain sounds.

The only way to confirm hearing loss is to take a hearing test, which Heritage Hearing Service is proud to offer in our office in Goshen, Indiana, or via mobile hearing services throughout Michiana.

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Hearing Testing to Diagnose Hearing Loss

At Heritage Hearing Service, we use a special set of headphones to administer a hearing test. If you’ve had hearing tests before, you were probably asked to sit in a soundproof booth. New headphone technology means that we no longer need to use the booth, but can achieve the same accuracy of results.

This also makes it more feasible to offer mobile hearing services. We can come administer the hearing test at your house or place of business. We use the same equipment for this that we use at our office—there is no difference in the accuracy of results or quality of service!

Types of Hearing Loss

There are two main types of hearing loss: sensorineural and conductive. There is also a third type of hearing loss—”mixed”—which is simply having a combination of both main types.


Treating Hearing Loss

Those who treat their hearing loss—typically with hearing aids—tend to see benefits throughout their lives. Hearing aids help us improve our physical health, mental health, and emotional health. Of those who get hearing aids, 85% say they’re satisfied with them when asked after one year. Those with hearing aids also report higher levels of life satisfaction, including an increase in self-confidence, independence, and optimism. Hearing aids also help to improve our social relationships, and avoid pitfalls like depression, anxiety, social isolation, and cognitive decline.

If you think you might have hearing loss, schedule an appointment with Heritage Hearing Service today, either in our office in Goshen or via mobile hearing services!

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