Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What causes hearing loss?

A. There are two types of hearing loss. The first type could be caused by genetics or result as a natural part of the aging process. The second type, noise-induced hearing loss, is caused by exposure to excessively loud sounds that damages the hair cells in the inner ear. This can happen from a single loud event or gradually over time. The current standard says that experiencing any noise measuring 85 decibels (a lawn mower) or louder for an extended period of time without hearing protection can lead to hearing damage.

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Hearing Myths

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Myth #1: Only elderly people have hearing loss.
FACT: While some hearing loss is part of the natural aging process, the 36 million Americans who experience hearing loss include men, women and children of all ages. Similar to the way your eyesight could worsen at any age, your hearing ability could worsen at any time as well. What’s more, age is not the only cause of hearing loss. If you work(ed) in a noisy environment, listen to loud music frequently, or spend a lot of time at places like concerts, sporting events, or bars/clubs, you are at risk for noise-induced hearing loss.
Myth #2: Hearing devices are bulky and difficult to use, just like my grandfather’s were.
FACT: Hearing aids come in many shapes and styles. Some sit behind the ear with an inconspicuous tube that leads to the ear canal. Some sit in the ear itself, and some sit completely invisible inside the ear. Today's hearing devices are so sleek and discreet that many patients say that they forget they're wearing them. Hearing technology has also greatly improved. Automatic setting adjustments, smartphone connectivity, and other convenient features  create a nearly effortless hearing experience.
Myth #3: I should only have a hearing consultation when I notice problems with my hearing.
FACT: It’s recommended that everyone has their hearing checked annually, just like you’d get a physician’s checkup or your teeth cleaned. Because hearing loss develops gradually and sometimes without being noticed, annual hearing consultations will allow our team to evaluate and monitor your hearing health so that any changes can be identified quickly. Untreated hearing loss gets worse over time and can lead to other health concerns like depression and dementia, so it’s important to act on your hearing loss as soon as you know it exists. If a hearing solution is recommended, we will work with you to find one that fits your needs and lifestyle.
Myth #4: I can't wear my hearing devices while exercising.
FACT: Hearing aid styles and technology have come a long way in recent years. Since today's hearing devices are designed with your active lifestyle in mind, most of today's instruments are water-resistant, durable, and custom-fit to keep up with any pace. We will take both your hearing and your lifestyle needs into account when helping you find the devices that are right for you.
Tinnitus Relief
Starkey Xino Tinnitus


Today, more than 50 million Americans experience a bothersome ringing, buzzing or whooshing sensation in their ears called tinnitus. Typically associated with hearing difficulties, tinnitus can be caused by other factors such as overexposure to loud noises, an injury to the ear, ear infections, and more.

While there is currently no cure for tinnitus, there are many devices available today to help you find relief. Call us to schedule a hearing consultation to learn more and stop the ringing.

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