Answer the following with either Yes, Sometimes or Never
Does a hearing problem:
Tabulate the patient's score using the following scores:
YES = 4 points
SOMETIMES = 2 points
NEVER = 0 points
0-8: No handicap
10-24: Mild-moderate hearing disability
26-40: Severe hearing disability
Taken from Ventry & Weinstein (1983) in Guidelines for Audiologic Screening, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (Panel on Audiologic Assessment), 1997.
Please make note of the answer that best describe the frequency with which you experience each situation or feeling below. You will be asked to tally up the score at the end of the quiz.
Answer the questions with one of the following: Almost Always, Half of the Time, Occasionally, Never.
To score your test, give yourself 3 points for every “Almost Always,” 2 for every “Half of the Time,” 1 for every “Occasionally,” and 0 for every “Never.” If you have a blood relative with hearing loss, add 3 points to your score.
0-5 points: Your hearing is fine. No action required. However, feel free to call for a free "baseline" test to substantiate it.
6-9 points: Suggests at least a mild hearing problem – you should seek audiologic care.
10+ points: Suggests a significant hearing problem – strongly recommend you seek audiologic care.
...shows that “untreated hearing loss results in a loss of income per household of up to $12,000 per year, depending on the degree of hearing loss. For the group with the most severe hearing losses (10 percent of the total), the income differential between the aided and unaided groups is $31,000 a year. For the 24 million Americans with untreated hearing loss, this equates to $122 billion in lost income, due to underperformance on the job.”
Differences Between an Hearing Aid Specialist and a Audiologist
Both are hearing healthcare professionals, both are non-physician professionals who identify and
assess disorders of the hearing of children and adults. Both select, fit, and dispense amplification systems such as hearing aids and related devices; program cochlear implants; and provide instruction, rehabilitation, and counseling services to enhance human communication.
Both Hearing Instrument Specialist and audiologists that dispense hearing aids generally work with an ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat) doctor’s office. Audiologist can diagnose - tell you what they have found, Hearing Instrument Specialist can not, both will refer to a physician. We highly recommend a specialist such as an ENT, we work closely with Comprehensive Otolaryngology & Audiology who will diagnose and treat the patient's illness, injury or need for surgery. Treatment is reimbursable by most insurance companies.
Both must be licensed, certified and registered with the state. Hearing Instrument Specialist must have Associate degree in any field; have earned 60 credits toward a baccalaureate in any field; or have earned Board Certification by the National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences. A training course no longer than six months approved by the National Institute of Hearing Instrument Studies (NIHIS); or a training program supervised by a licensed audiologist or registered hearing aid dealer with a minimum of two years experience. Complete and file application, pass written and practical examinations, written and practical examinations required and continuing education of eight credit hours annually in NH and ten credit hours annually in MA.
Promises That Are Too Good to Be True
Hearing aids reviews are chock full of statements that are based on emotion instead of fact – like “I can hear everything!” or “This hearing aid will work for anyone!” It may sound great in a review, but it’s not that helpful. Since hearing loss and the auditory system's ability to understand varies from person to person, no review should promise 100% successful results. Instead, look for honest assessments like, “This hearing aid filtered out most of the background noise,” or “I could hear my wife much more clearly in our favorite, loud restaurant.” Those are the hearing aids reviews that will be the most helpful.
At reNew Hearing, we will explain what you can expect for your individual loss, life situations, and the technology level hearing aids you are considering.
It is one thing to provide the consumer with a free software upgrade on hearing aids, which reNew Hearing does. Hearing aids, even digital instruments, do not last forever.
There is a Difference
reNew Hearing® treats every patient with dignity and first-rate care. We and office staff are highly-trained and exceptionally friendly. We understand that for many, visiting a hearing specialist can be a stressful experience. Our comfortable surroundings and compassionate hearing professionals will ease your fears.
We take the necessary time - no rushed appointments here - to explain in detail and in plain English not Latin, so our patients can make an educated investment in their hearing. We guarantee you will be pleasantly surprised by our level of personalized service.
Did you know that the FDA requires Audiologists and hearing aid dispensers to advise patients to receive medical clearance from a physician, ideally an Ear, Nose and Throat physician, prior to fitting a hearing aid? If the patient declines to receive medical clearance, the patient must sign a waiver stating they understand that they are declining medical clearance even though it is in their best interests.
The bottom line is, hearing loss is best treated with a partnership between an ENT Physician and Hearing Specialist. There are many reasons why your hearing may not be optimal. Although devices may be recommended in some circumstances, they are not always necessary or the right answer to solve hearing problems. Sometimes, fluid, infection, wax or other more serious medical conditions can play a role in hearing loss.
reNew Hearing works closely with Comprehensive Otolaryngology to make sure that our patients have the best treatment options available for their specific type of hearing loss.
They are uncomfortable and unattractive Ironically, this myth persists because modern hearing instruments are so well concealed that most people never see them. The styles most people see in public are actually older generation units worn either directly in the ear or in a large behind-the-ear-case. Today's instruments are an astonishing blend of camouflage and miniaturization that disappear behind the ear, tinted to blend with your hair or skin color. They are ultra-light, and you barely feel the receiver as it hovers over your ear canal and delivers natural, vibrant sound.
They will make me look old.
The people you meet may not even notice you're wearing a hearing device. But, you'll notice a huge difference in how you communicate with them. Today's hearing devices let you hear what you need to hear with greater comfort and convenience. They are discreet and elegant.
Hearing instruments are not for me. Not yet anyway...
People who believe they have only slightly impaired hearing make the mistake of thinking that they don't have much to gain from a hearing instrument.
Untreated hearing loss has been linked to dementia (Most common is Alzheimer's disease) and other cognitive disorders!
If you let your hearing go without aids for too long, your brain loses the ability to help you recognize and hear sounds correctly.
Once this is lost, it might never be regained. The ability to reproduce certain sounds goes also.
It's a shame, because they waste years of their lives coping and adapting, and missing out on the joy of being more fully engaged with family, friends, and colleagues. The only way to understand what you're missing is to try these state-of-the-art hearing instruments in your own home, your own office, and your own daily life. If you're suffering from hearing loss, you'll see how these devices can pull you back into the more vibrant life you love, in a way that adapting, coping and older hearing technology cannot.
Hearing devices can adapt to the environment so you can follow conversations in a variety of situations—restaurants, phone calls, sporting events. Break out of your shell and redefine your expectations of style and comfort.
They cost a lot of money
While some premium hearing aids can sell for several thousand dollars per pair, there are affordable options available in every price range, starting at $595 each. Also, more insurance plans now offer a benefit to help with the purchase of hearing aids and easy payment plans are available. Your Specialist can advise you on the best choices and options for you.
I don't need hearing protection
It’s never too early for hearing protection
Prolonged noise can damage your hearing — even short bursts of sound over 90 decibels can have an impact.
Permanent hearing loss can occur in as little as 15 minutes with exposure to certain sounds and almost instantly with unprotected exposure to sounds generated from firearms and certain power tools. If your hearing is susceptible to any sounds above 90 decibels, you need to take immediate action to prevent permanent hearing damage. Because once permanent hearing damage occurs, it can't be reversed.
Gunshot, Jet Engine at Takeoff
Immediate danger to hearing
Air Raid Siren, Firecracker
Rock Concert, Sandblasting
Risk of hearing damage in 7 minutes
Baby's Cry, Jet Ski
Risk of hearing damage in 15 minutes
Snowmobile in Driver's Seat
Risk of hearing damage in 30 minutes
Risk of hearing damage in 1 hour
Chain Saw, Stereo Headphones
Risk of hearing damage in 2 hours
Motorcycle, Power Saw
Risk of hearing damage in 4 hours
Lawnmower, Truck Traffic
Risk of hearing damage in 8 hours
Beginning of OSHA Regulations
Busy traffic, Vacuum Cleaner
*dB SPL is a measurement of sound pressure level in decibels.
Your ears are delicate organs. By taking a few simple steps to protect them, you may be able to prevent hearing loss caused by excessive noise or foreign objects.
You should consult a physician (preferably an ENT) first to rule out any underlying medical condition
At your first appointment with the Hearing Instrument Specialist
Consists of Hearing Testing and Hearing Aid Consultation.
Communication Needs Assessment.
What problems are your hearing loss causing in your life?
Will you need help with the telephone or the cell phone?
Do you attend classes, meetings, worship services?
Can you hear the television well at a normal level?
Do you eat out at restaurants frequently or do you live in a residential facility?
Your hearing specialist needs to know the answers to all this about you and more in order to make the best recommendation.
Ear Inspection - to make sure there is no excessive wax or reason to refer to a physician.
Testing – All 11 pure tone frequencies, 125Hz through 8,000Hz, includes half octaves - not the 5 min. required by law - and bone, and speech understanding as a minimum.
Review Test Results – explain results in language you can understand and explain the effects of hearing loss on daily life.
While hearing aids are usually the recommendation, they aren’t the only answer. You might need accessories to help you hear better on the telephone, cell phone, to listen to television more easily, or to hear a companion’s voice in a crowded place. In fact, hearing aids might not be the answer for you. Some other assistive listening devices may work better in your situation. Again, your hearing specialist can best advise you.
Just like a test drive, a demonstration of hearing aids programmed for your hearing loss is the best way to experience what it would be like to wear hearing aids. You have the option of purchasing the aids with a 100% money-back guarantee to try them out in your own surroundings with your family and friends for 45 to 90 days!
Hearing aids are medical devices, and as such, they need to be prescribed and fitted by someone trained and qualified to do this. Buying a hearing aid without an initial face-to-face consultation, professional fitting, and subsequent follow-ups could result in you purchasing an ineffective hearing instrument for your loss, or worse, damaging your hearing further. Additionally the consultation includes an examination which can highlight other serious ear health conditions. For these reasons, reNew Hearing does not endorse Internet Retailers who will sell instruments to customers without a face-to-face consultation, and most hearing aid manufacturers will not supply those retailers.
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