Q&A about Hearing Loss and Hearing Aids


Do you suspect you have a hearing challenge? If so, let’s address the most common questions clients ask about hearing loss, types of hearing aids, new technologies, and more. If you have a question not answered here, we invite you to contact us directly by calling our Tucson location at (520) 323-0099 or Oro Valley at (520) 639-8760.

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Typically, hearing loss begins gradually, without discomfort or pain. What’s more, family members often adapt to someone’s hearing loss, without even realizing they are doing so! Ask these questions to determine if you may have hearing loss:

Do I struggle to follow conversations with more than two people?
Is it difficult to hear what’s said unless I’m facing the speaker?
Do I often ask people to repeat themselves?
Do I hear ringing or feel buzzing in my ears?
Does it sound like people mumble or slur their words?
Can I hear well in crowded places like restaurants, malls, and meeting rooms?
Can I hear when women, children, and others with high-pitched voices speak?
Do I turn up the volume on the TV or radio? Is it louder than the level others prefer?

If you answered “yes” to two or more of these questions, chances are you suffer from a hearing loss.

We recommend you visit Lifestyle Hearing Solutions for a free hearing exam and consultation, conducted by one of our expert Hearing Instrument Specialists. To learn more about this test and follow-up consultation, visit our Services page. To set an appointment, visit our Free Consultation page.
Lifestyle Hearing Solutions is located at 6479 East 22nd St. in Tucson, Arizona. Our east-central location is convenient and accessible. Visit our Contact page for a map, phone number, and a form to contact us if you have further questions.
While most of us are concerned about our appearance, compensating for a hearing loss by asking people to repeat themselves, withdrawing from social situations, or making an inappropriate response to a question is more obvious than wearing a hearing aid.
Today’s hearing aids are smaller and more discreet than ever, some almost invisible. To find out if any of these models can work for you, set an appointment for free exam and consultation.
Hearing instruments cannot filter out all background noise, yet most quality hearing aids will reduce background noise. This means you can participate in conversations in restaurants, business meetings, social gatherings—even while golfing on a windy day. In fact, some models include a switch that lets you instantly adapt your hearing aid to these types of situations.
For most people with hearing loss, hearing aids won’t restore it completely. However, they will enable you to hear soft sounds you couldn’t hear before and prevent loud sounds from becoming uncomfortably loud. Plus, today’s hearing instruments will improve your ability to understand speech, even in noisy environments.
Two-ear hearing (called binaural) is generally better than one. If you have hearing loss in only one ear, you can benefit from using one hearing aid. However, age-related and noise-related hearing loss tends to affect both ears. Plus, your hearing profile for each ear is likely different. If you discover you have loss in both ears, you’ll likely benefit from a binaural solution.
Yes. An adjustment period of up to 3 months is normal. In that time, you become acclimated to your hearing aids and receive the full benefit of wearing them. Still, you’ll probably notice significant benefits right away, including during your consultation and fitting at Lifestyle Hearing Solutions.

About Our Services & Supplies


You’re welcome to drop by Lifestyle Hearing Solutions for a free cleaning, no matter where you purchased your hearing aids. A deep, thorough cleaning every month will optimize the performance of your hearing aid and extend its life. As a visitor or snowbird, don’t wait until you return home. Drop in while you’re in Tucson during business hours.
Yes, of course! Lifestyle Hearing Solutions repairs all hearing aid brands and, in fact, we complete most repairs on site.
Have your hearing aids adjusted if you believe your hearing has changed or your hearing aids are not performing at optimal levels. When you buy from Lifestyle Hearing Solutions, you get free adjustments for the life of your hearing aids. Our Hearing Instrument Specialists are particularly adept at programming hearing aids and have gained a widespread reputation for this skill.
If you struggle with speech discrimination (also called speech recognition), we can set appointments for regular visits (every 3 to 6 months as needed) to retest your speech discrimination capabilities. The longer you wear hearing aids, the more your speech discrimination should improve. Lifestyle Hearing Solutions offers a new, state-of-the-art audiometer for binaural testing. This enables us to test the hearing in both ears at the same time, which produces more accurate test results. Being able to hear sound is one thing, yet being able to clearly discern speech is critical, too. At Lifestyle Hearing Solutions, this service is absolutely free with the purchase of your new hearing aids.
Yes! Lifestyle Hearing Solutions has the ability to come to you! Contact us to schedule a visit to your assisted living facility, medical facility, senior center, or other location.
Our Hearing Instrument Specialists are trained to recognize issues that may require the attention of a medical specialist so we’d refer you to highly respected Tucson ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialists.
Of course. Sweatsocks are a must-have accessory if you’re active outdoors. Athletes, hikers, gardeners, and those who work outside put on this small “sock” to absorb perspiration. It fits over most behind-the-ear hearing aids to ensure moisture doesn’t transfer into the hearing aids. We also stock all hearing aid batteries and other accessories. Visit our Batteries & Supplies page for details.

About Hearing Aid Technology


Today’s digital hearing aids come in a variety of sizes and styles including those that sit behind the ear and others that are virtually invisible. Also, different models feature different technology levels to match your needs and budget. That’s why it’s important to get tested and have expert help selecting the right hearing solution for you.
Like many other electronic, high-tech devices, hearing technology has been revolutionized. Today’s digital hearing aids are designed to virtually eliminate feedback, make it easier to hear in noisy environments, stream stereo sound from TVs and radios directly to the hearing aids, and much more. All this in instruments that are smaller, more comfortable, and more powerful than ever!
When it comes to hearing instruments, you’ll find as many technology options as there are levels of hearing loss. Some technologies cost a lot more than others. Which one is right for you? That depends on the complexity of your hearing loss as well as your lifestyle. Lifestyle Hearing Solutions helps you strike the right balance between your needs and your budget.
These inexpensive models are simply hearing amplifiers that make everything louder, including ambient noise. This means if you’re eating in a noisy restaurant, you’ll hear all the clatter and chatter—not a positive experience! These days, you have much better options.
A hearing aid’s life expectancy is typically 4 to 7 years. However, in some cases, they have performed up to 10 years, particularly with regular cleaning and adjustments.
At their most basic, hearing aids are microphones that convert sound into electrical signals. An amplifier increases the strength of the signal, and a receiver converts it back to sound and channels it into the ear canal through a small tube or ear mold. A battery is necessary to power the hearing aid and enable amplification. Lifestyle Hearing Solutions provides sophisticated, state-of-the-art hearing instruments requiring computer programming to adjust to your lifestyle and listening environments.
Analog hearing instruments amplify all sounds at an equal level. Digital hearing technologies take sound inputs and determine what frequencies need to be amplified to present a cleaner, clearer sound. Today’s advanced hearing aids are, for the most part, digital. If you’re wearing analog hearing aids, we encourage you to set an appointment with us to learn about advanced digital technologies that can give you increased comfort and performance.

About Hearing Loss


Not necessarily. Only about 13% of physicians routinely screen for hearing loss. Since most people with hearing impairments hear fine in quiet environments (like your doctor’s office), it can be difficult for your physician to recognize this problem. Only a trained hearing professional can determine the severity of your hearing problem.
The main ones include aging, genetics, birth defects, infections to the head or ear, exposure to excessive noise, and reaction to drugs or cancer treatment.
Yes. There are three types of hearing loss:

1. Sensorineural – The most common type, this occurs when the inner ear nerves and hair cells are damaged and don’t properly transmit auditory signals to the brain. This type of hearing loss can be treated with hearing instruments.

2. Conductive – This type of hearing loss is typically the result of obstructions in the middle ear and usually can be treated medically or surgically.

3. Mixed – This type of hearing loss is a combination of sensorineural and conductive.

Approximately 28 million Americans are hearing impaired and about 500 million experience hearing loss worldwide. Hearing loss can occur at any time, at any age. In fact, most people with hearing loss are younger than age 65! There are 6 million people in the U.S. ages 18 to 44 with hearing loss, plus about 1½ million are school-age children.
Only 5% of hearing loss in adults can be improved medically or surgically. The other 95% of Americans with hearing loss are treated with hearing aids.

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