At Platinum Hearing Aids, we’ve made it our goal to provide all our patients with the ability to reach their optimal level of hearing. The first step in achieving this though is in a patient’s knowledge and understanding of the situation. As your trusted Southfield audiologist, we’ve provided you with a list of answers to the most frequently asked questions so we can work together in helping you perfect your hearing.
How Does the Hearing Sense Work?
The hearing process begins with your ears. Your ears are made to receive sound waves and then send them to the auditory cortex for processing. The primary tool used to gather sound is the eardrum. The eardrum will transmit vibrations to the ossicles, the three smallest bones in the human body. These bones then send the sound to the cochlea, which is a fluid-filled structure in the inner ear. The cochlea receives these vibrations which cause the cochlea’s hair cells, the stereocilia, to move. The stereocilia converts these vibrations into nerve impulses which are then sent to the brain.
How Should I Protect My Hearing?
You can help prevent hearing loss by taking several precautions. Some of these precautions you can take include:
- Lowering the volume of the television and the music you listen to
- Giving your ears time to relax after you’re around louder noise
- Wearing ear protectors if you’re around loud sounds or if you’re using noisy equipment
- Being careful of being in confined spaces with louder noises (such as a car)
- Keeping your ears dry
- Getting regular checkups
What Causes Hearing Loss?
Hearing loss can be attributed to many different things. Just a few of these are:
- Constant loud noises
- An earwax buildup
- Disease or damaged ears
How Do I Know if I Need a Hearing Aid?
Hearing aids aren’t necessarily needed for all hearing problems so it varies depending on the case. We recommend coming into one of our offices to see if a hearing aid would be right for you.
How Do Hearing Aids Work?
There are microphones inside the hearing aid device that detect sound in the environment and transmit it to an electrical energy that transfers to a set of amplifiers. This modified electrical signal travels to a receiver and is delivered to the ear. Modern hearing aids have the ability to automatically adjust to background noises, allowing you to have optimal hearing in any scenario.
How Do I Know What Hearing Aid Device Is Right for Me?
The degree of hearing loss is the main factor in determining which hearing aid device is most appropriate. Other factors include lifestyle and personal preferences. Our office will work with you to determine which hearing aid is best for you.
How Much Do Hearing Aids Cost
The price of hearing aids can fluctuate based on a number of different factors which can include the type of hearing aid, the features of the device, and the contributions from insurance providers.
Are Hearing Aids Covered with Medicare?
Unfortunately, they aren’t covered with Medicare.
What Is a Cochlear Implant?
A cochlear implant is a medical device that’s used to replace damaged parts of the inner ear. The difference between cochlear implants and hearing aids is that cochlear implants don’t amplify sounds. Instead, cochlear implants do the job of the damaged parts of the ears and provide sound waves to the brain.
What Is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is commonly known to be a type of ringing in the ears. It’s essentially the perception of sound when there’s no actual noise present. While ringing is the sound most often heard, tinnitus can also cause noises such as buzzing, clicking, or hissing. Tinnitus is actually one of the most common health conditions in the entire country. It affects about 15% of the country – around 50 million people in the United States!
How Do I Get to Your Offices?
Platinum Hearing Aids has two convenient locations: our Allen Park office and our Southfield office. We’re glad to serve the communities of Allen Park, Southfield, Dearborn, Detroit, and all the surrounding areas.
Our Allen Park office is located on 14575 Southfield Road in Allen Park, MI. We’re just southwest of the Lincoln Park Shopping Center.
Our Southfield office is located at 22255 Greenfield Road, Suite 200 in Southfield, MI. Our office is inside the Providence Hospital.
Contact Your Detroit Hearing Test Center Today!
If you have any further questions for us, please feel free to contact us and let us know. If you’d like to schedule an appointment with us, we encourage you to fill out our appointment request form or give us a call at one of our two offices. Our Allen Park office phone number is (313) 381-4810 and our Southfield office phone number is (248) 304-7772. We look forward to giving you the best hearing possible!