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Hearing Aid Questions Singapore

We’ve got answers if you have questions about hearing aids, you’re not alone. Learn what people like you are asking about. Contact us if your question is not listed below and we will be happy to give you an answer.

What are the types and causes of hearing loss?

The following are the different types of hearing loss:

Conductive hearing loss: hearing loss caused by problems with the ear canal, eardrum or middle ear. Some possible causes include:

  • Malformation of outer ear, ear canal, or middle ear structures
  • Fluid in the middle ear
  • Ear infection (otitis media – an infection of the middle ear in which an accumulation of fluid may interfere with the movement of the eardrum and ossicles)
  • Poor Eustachian tube function
  • Perforated eardrum
  • Impacted earwax
  • Infection in the ear canal
  • Foreign body in the ear
  • Otosclerosis

Sensorineural hearing loss: hearing loss caused by problems of the inner ear or nerve-related hearing loss. Some possible causes include:

  • Noise exposure
  • Head trauma
  • Virus or disease
  • Autoimmune inner ear disease
  • Hereditary
  • Aging (presbycusis)
  • Malformation of the inner ear
  • Meniere’s Disease
  • Tumors

Mixed hearing loss: hearing loss referring to a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss.

 

Which hearing aid is the best?

Each person has specific needs based on the hearing test report and the person’s lifestyle. It is important to talk with your hearing care provider about what your needs are, what are your expectations and what outcome you are looking for.

 

What causes hearing loss in children?
Hearing loss at birth is called congenital hearing loss. It can be caused by genetic factors, infection during pregnancy, prematurity, injury at birth and others. Hearing loss that occurs after birth is called acquired hearing loss. It can be caused by ear infections, viral and bacterial infections like meningitis or measles, head injury and others.

What is a hearing aid?
A hearing aid is a small electronic device that you wear in or behind your ear to help you hear better when you have hearing loss.

How do hearing aids work?
A hearing aid has three basic parts; a microphone, amplifier and speaker. The hearing aid receives sound through microphone then converts the sound to electrical signal. The amplifier will then increase the power of the signal and send it to the speaker.

What can cause hearing loss in one ear?
Some known causes include viral infections like mumps and measles, head trauma, acoustic neuroma, labyrinthitis and Meniere’s disease.

How much do hearing aids cost?
Hearing aid pricing varies depending on the style, type and most importantly, technology. The price of a single hearing aid ranges from $800 to $6000+ per ear. This price includes the cost of hearing examination, the consultation, and fitting and post-fitting adjustments. The device warranty can range from one to three years.

What is a BAHA hearing aid?
Bone Anchored Hearing Aid (BAHA) is a surgically implanted device for people with hearing loss. While conventional hearing aids transmit sound through air conduction, BAHA stimulates the cochlea through bone conduction., thereby bypassing the outer and middle ear.

Is there any cure for tinnitus? What should I do?
If your tinnitus is caused by an underlying health condition that is treatable, addressing it may help to stop or reduce the sound. One example of this is earwax build-up. If you have hearing loss, hearing aids may help to override or mask the tinnitus. Sound suppression may also come from white noise machines that produce stimulated environmental sounds such as ocean waves. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) aims to retrain the way you think to change your behavior towards tinnitus and eventually to reduce your anxiety. Alternative medicine have little evidence of effectivity but some have tried to resort to this method in managing tinnitus. This includes acupuncture, hypnosis, ginkgo biloba, zinc supplements and B vitamins.