900 SE Oak St Ste 201

Hillsboro, OR 97123

Phone: (503) 648-8971

Fax: (503) 640-6461

Frequently Asked Audiology Questions

Frequently Asked Audiology Questions

Is hearing loss common?
Yes! Hearing loss affects 48 million Americans. In fact, it is the third most common physical condition, behind only arthritis and heart disease.

What causes hearing loss?
The most common causes of hearing loss are noise exposure and aging. Fluid in the middle ear, an ear infection, a malformation of a structure of the ear, impacted earwax, a perforated eardrum, head trauma or a virus or disease can all cause hearing loss.

How do I treat my hearing loss?
Some forms of hearing loss can be reversed through medical or surgical means. The most common type of hearing loss is permanent but can be treated with a hearing device, such as a hearing aid.

Who does hearing loss affect?
Hearing loss can affect those of all ages. It is more likely to occur in those over the age of 65.

Are the hearing aids currently on the market the same as the ones my grandparents used?
No! Hearing aids and the technology inside them have been constantly evolving over the last few decades. They are more comfortable, more powerful and more aesthetically pleasing than ever before.

What is this ringing in my ear?
A ringing in the ear is commonly referred to as tinnitus. This is actually a symptom of another condition rather than a condition itself. Our audiologists are able to run a series of tests to determine what is causing the annoying sound.

I have been experiencing some unexplained episodes of dizziness. Who should I see for this?
An audiologist! The inner ear is responsible for many balance disorders and episodes of dizziness, which makes your audiologist the ideal professional to identify, diagnose and treat any balance disorder.