We want all our patients to feel comfortable asking questions at every step of treating their hearing loss. Choosing how to most effectively manage your hearing loss is in your hands: we provide you with expert opinion and recommendations, but bottom line, it's up to you . Our job, at Craig Barth Audiologist, LLC, is to equip you with the professional advice that is needed so that you can make an informed, well-reasoned decision

We, at Craig Barth Audiologist, LLC, are available to answer your questions, no matter how large or small. We take the time to listen to your questions and concerns and address them with easy to understand answers. This is best done with face-to-face consultations and appointments. Initial “meet and greet” appointments are performed on a complimentary basis. Our patients are welcomed to ask questions if there is something not understood during an appointment.

Hearing Questions & Answers

What is hearing loss?

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Hearing loss means that for some reason, you are not able to hear, discriminate or differentiate some or all the sounds around you. Often this also comes with having trouble understanding speech, but not always. The three kinds of hearing loss are:

How do I know it's time to get my hearing checked out?

If you think you might have a hearing problem, or if your friends or family members have expressed a concern, then it's time! It's better to know, than to wonder. The sooner your hearing can be assessed and possibly treated, the better. Anyone who has been exposed to loud noise, will likely be exposed to loud noise, or are over age 60, then a base-line hearing test is advised.

Hearing Aids Questions & Answers

Do you have advice for getting hearing aids for the first time?

Be patient and don't expect an immediate, overnight, perfect cure. Be truthful and honest with your audiologist about your hearing challenges and how well your hearing aids are working. You have our full expertise to help you, but we also need you to communicate about your experience. To get the most out of hearing aids, we need to have a two-way conversation with you.

Why can't I just buy hearing aids from a big-box store or online?

Properly fit hearing aids are not like a set of tires for your car. They're not even comparable to a pair of reading glasses. Every patient's hearing loss is unique, and digital hearing aids can (and should) be programmed specifically for your individual hearing loss. This programming process is best done by an Audiologist, sitting across the table from you, with your hearing aids connected “live” to their computer, with real-ear speech-mapping data at hand. Buying a device over-the-counter does not allow for a personalized customization. Yes, you can find stripped-down hearing aids online, but that does not provide the personalized, direct customization described above.

What is behind the expense of a hearing aid?

Hearing aids are tiny, personalized computers that fit behind your ears. They aren't just amplifiers. Modern digital hearing aids customize their performance in a situation-by-situation basis to help you to hear optimally even under difficult environments. Manufacturers who dispense in the United States have to adhere to strict Food and Drug Administration standards for safety and reliability. With hearing aids, you get what you pay for — it's an investment in your ability to communicate effectively with the people you love. Consider them to be investments which can last years.

How do I take care of my hearing aids?

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Like most sophisticated pieces of technology, hearing aids do require daily care and regular maintenance. If you take good care of them, they'll continue working for years to come. Hearing aid maintenance include:

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