human communication relies not only on what is said but how it is said.
Seeing connects us to things. Hearing connects us to people. It transmits information, elicits and conveys emotion, facilitates understanding, fills and colors space and enlivens our engagement with the sensory world. Before you see your mother, you can hear her.
The emotional basis of communication relies not only on what is said but how it is said: the rhythmic patterning and flow of speech known as prosody. When the sound of a friend’s voice reaches our ears we recognize the emotion behind their words. We don’t have to see them to know they are excited or sad, worried or angry, curious or bored, tickled pink or over the moon. We hear it in their voice.
It is typically those you love, and those who love you in return, who notice that you are having difficulty hearing. They relish their connection with you, as you do your connection with them.
If you are diagnosed with hearing loss, being fitted with hearing aids will ensure that your connections with loved ones and the symphony of sound that is the sonic world are awakened.
Tinnitus or ringing in the ears is one of the most common complaints. Often this is associated with hearing loss and sometimes it occurs without hearing loss.
The first step in addressing tinnitus is understanding it. Schedule an appointment today to come in and have one of our audiologists conduct a tinnitus assessment. During this appointment, we will discuss when you experience tinnitus, perform tests to better understand your tinnitus and discuss options.
First and foremost, there is hope for addressing your tinnitus. While there is no cure for tinnitus, there are many methods that we can discusses to help you managed your tinnitus and the impact it is having on your daily life.
If your tinnitus is causing you distress, getting help is crucial. If you’re in crisis or thinking of harming yourself, call 911 immediately. If your depression or anxiety is overwhelming, call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
The American Tinnitus Association is here to help.
For more information contact www.ata.org.
We accept most major insurance. Diagnostic services to determine the medical nature of your hearing loss are often covered with a referral from your primary care physician.
Some insurances also provide coverage or a discount for hearing aids. Please check with your individual insurance carrier for more information.
Yes. There are a variety of payment and financing options available at Hickory Audiology. Call us today to schedule an appointment and find out more.
Most hearing aids cover a variety of hearing losses. A combination of your hearing test and your individual needs will determine which hearing aid is right for you. Let the experts at Hickory Audiology assess your hearing and make a recommendation about what solution is best for you.
The hearing instrument itself will typically last 5-7 years. However, with the rapid expansion of technology, people are typically evaluating new technology every 3-5 years.
Tinnitus or ringing in the ears is commonly associated with hearing loss. While there is no cure for tinnitus, some people find that hearing aids do help. Hearing aids can be programmed to play sounds that may mask the tinnitus. Schedule an appointment today to find out how we can help.
Yes! Many of today’s hearing aids can be connected to your phone. This means you can accept and receive phone calls directly in your hearing aids. In addition, you can drive hands-free and rock out to the latest tunes. Your grandkids are going to be SO JEALOUS!
In the vast majority of cases, we recommend a hearing aid be placed in both of your ears. During testing, we will assess each ear separately and make a recommendation for each ear as appropriate. If we discover the you are only in need of 1 hearing aid, we will make that recommendation.
An Audiologist is a licensed hearing health care professional who specializes in the diagnosing and treatment of hearing loss and balance disorders in adults and children. All of the audiologists at Hickory Audiology have earned a Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degree.