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Hearing Loss

Do others seem to mumble?  Do your grandchildren have a soft voices?
 
Sometimes it is easier to blame a noisy environment, workplace, or others, than admit that we have hearing loss. Hearing loss generally occurs over an extended period of time, it can be easy to miss.
 
You’re not alone!
 
Over 10% of the U.S. population (32 million people) suffer hearing loss.  As the Boomer generation ages, that number will increase tremendously.
 
Hearing loss can be caused by noise exposure or many other health factors, but most often, it’s just the result of the normal aging process.
 
We can’t stop the aging process, but we can treat hearing loss. The good news is that most hearing loss is treatable. There's no reason to tough it out when you could be getting more out of life.
 
With the correct hearing professionals and correctly fit hearing aids, hearing clarity can return to your life. You'll stop asking folks to repeat. The neighbors will appreciate you turning down the television. With Manan on your side, you’ll be able to get involved in activities and live your life to the fullest.
Mary D.
Indianapolis, IN
"Love my new Widex hearing aids. Manan Hearing has gotten me to hearin the birds sing"
Robert K.
Hoosier Village
Indianapolis, IN
"I can now participate in all my communities events without struggling to hear. Thank you Manan Hearing!"
Lori K.
Greencastle, IN
"Manan Hearing professionals have given my father excellent care and support. There always ready to help."
Bradley C.
Evansville, IN
"When I go shooting I always wear my earplugs made by Manan Hearing. I can leave them all day so comfortable."

Don’t live with hearing loss. We can help.

How We Hear

There are three main parts to the human ear.  The outer ear, the middle ear and the inner ear

The outer ear gathers up sound from our environment and sends them down the ear canal to the eardrum. The middle ear consists of the eardrum and three little bones commonly called the hammer, anvil and stirrup.
 
Sound pressure impacting the eardrum causes the eardrum to vibrate. As the eardrum vibrates, it moves the attached hammer bone. The hammer bone is connected to the anvil bone, and the anvil bone is connected to the stirrup bone. Sound is transmitted through these bones via vibrations to the inner ear.
 
Stereocilia (hair cells of our inner ear) can be damaged by the use of certain drugs, diseases or the natural aging process. Once these hair cells are damaged, they are permanently damaged. The proverbial cat cannot be put back in the bag. Hearing aids are generally the recommended treatment.
 
All the parts of our ears described combine to create a system which enables us to hear. If you are experiencing hearing loss, we can determine what part is not working well. We will then recommend the best solution for your hearing loss, needs and lifestyle.

Don’t live with hearing loss. We can help.

MYTHS ABOUT HEARING LOSS

In recent years there have been tremendous advances in the understanding of hearing, hearing loss and the technologies utilized to correct hearing loss. Many common assumptions about hearing aids are outdated and wrong.

MYTH 1: I’d know if I had hearing loss.

Hearing loss may occur gradually enough that you may not notice it right away. As your hearing decreases, you may compensate for it by increasing the volume or asking folks to repeat themselves. Denial is a common initial reaction to hearing loss, followed by blaming others for mumbling or turning the volume of the TV too low. We all can be stubborn at times, but if your friends or family are telling you that you have hearing loss, you probably do.  

Normal hearing people don’t need to convince others that “I can hear fine!” If you’ve been told that you need a hearing test, get one.

MYTH 2: It’s not worth the trouble to improve my hearing.

Fact: Maybe to you it isn’t worth it, but just ask the people around you how they feel. It can drive your family nuts when they constantly have to repeat themselves or be driven out of the room by the volume of the TV. Seriously, hearing loss can lead to frustration, social withdrawal, and depression — even dementia. The best solution is to deal with hearing loss rather than act like it’s not a problem.

MYTH 3: It doesn’t matter if I put off getting hearing aids.

Fact: Hearing loss will get worse over time. Researchers even have a name for this: they call it auditory deprivation. The longer you ignore your hearing loss, the more hearing you’ll lose that can never be recovered. Hearing aids can help, but only if you have enough hearing left to be saved. And the longer you live with hearing loss, the harder it is to adjust to using hearing aids.

MYTH 4: If you’re hearing impaired, it’s just a matter of turning up the volume.
MYTH 5: Hearing aids won’t work for me.

Fact: Hearing aids work for almost everyone, but only if you use the right technology with the right settings. Will the cheap hearing aids that you can buy online without evaluation, fitting or adjustment from a hearing professional improve your hearing? Not likely.

On the other hand, if you work with your hearing specialist to find the right hearing aid, programmed for your specific hearing loss, fit and adjusted to your lifestyle, your hearing aids will almost certainly help you hear better.

MYTH 6: Hearing aids are ugly.

Fact: Not any more. It’s true that older models were large, and there were few options. Today you can choose from dozens of behind the ear, in ear or in the ear canal models. The newest models are sleek and small, with some types that fit completely inside the ear canal, making them nearly invisible.

MYTH 7: Hearing aids will make me look – and feel – old.

Fact: First, hearing loss affects people of all ages. Second, if you are experiencing hearing loss, constantly asking people to repeat themselves, missing parts of the conversation, and responding inappropriately makes you seem old! Stay young by hearing clearly and participating in conversations with confidence and without hesitation.

MYTH 8: I can save money by just getting one hearing aid

Fact: You can save money by buying just one hearing aid or just one shoe, but we wouldn’t recommend either. There’s a reason you have two ears; you use them both to locate the source of sounds, to maintain balance, and to hear sound clearly regardless of the direction it’s coming from.  If you have hearing loss in both ears, you need two hearing aids.

MYTH 9: Hearing aids are expensive

Fact: Some flat-screen Ultra-High Definition TVs retail for more than $8,000, but the millions of people who buy these don’t think they are too expensive. It’s all about value.

Hearing clearly is part of staying healthy, happy and active. How much is that worth to you? The hearing specialists at Advanced Hearing Care will recommend the hearing aid options that best match your hearing needs, your lifestyle and your budget.

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