Questions About Hearing Loss

How Does Noise Affect Hearing?
Prolonged exposure to high-intensity noise can cause permanent damage to the inner ear. This damage, which is irreversible either medically or surgically, can cause permanent hearing loss and/or tinnitus. Sources of such noise include industrial and military situations, loud music, and many environmental sources. Hearing protection is vital to prevention of permanent damage and resulting hearing loss.
What Is An Audiologist?
An audiologist is a licensed hearing health care professional who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss and balance disorders in adults and children. You can think of an audiologist primarily as a “hearing doctor.” Learn more about Audiologists.
Do I Need A Doctor’s Referral To See An Audiologist?
It is helpful, but not necessary. If a communication problem requires medical treatment, Dr. Groesch and Dr. McFadden will communicate this information to your doctor.

I Don’t Have A Problem Hearing, But I Have A Constant “Ringing” In My Ears. What Causes This?
Tinnitus (TIN-ih-tus) is noise or ringing in the ears. A common problem, tinnitus affects about 1 in 5 people. Tinnitus isn’t a condition itself — it’s a symptom of an underlying condition, such as age-related hearing loss, ear injury or a circulatory system disorder.

Although bothersome, tinnitus usually isn’t a sign of something serious. Although it can worsen with age, for many people, tinnitus can improve with treatment. Treating an identified underlying cause sometimes helps. Other treatments reduce or mask the noise, making tinnitus less noticeable. Hearing aids are one option for treatment of tinnitus. Learn more about Tinnitus.

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Questions About Hearing Aids

How Much Do Hearing Aids Cost?
Hearing aids can range in cost from approximately $950 for a regular, conventional hearing aid, up to $2,700 for a more technologically advanced hearing aid. Additional professional fees apply. Our office works with Care Credit to provide payment options to qualified applicants. Learn more by visiting our hearing aid financing page.
How Do I Know What Type Of Hearing Aid Is Right For Me?
The staff at Central Illinois Hearing will help you determine which hearing aid is best for you based on your preferred lifestyle, needs, and budget.
What If I Purchase A Hearing Aid And Don’t Like It?
You don’t have to keep – or pay for – a hearing aid that doesn’t work for you. A different type or style of hearing aid may be selected. In the event, however, that a hearing aid does not meet your satisfaction, and you return the aid within the agreed-upon trial period, you will not be charged for the device.

Will Hearing Aids Restore My Hearing To Normal?
Hearing aids are designed to “aid” a person’s hearing. Hearing aids cannot restore human hearing, nor will they retard the progression of hearing loss. They will help supplement a person’s communication ability in certain environments.

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