Answers to your hearing health questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our sense of balance comes from within the cochlea, which is where the hearing nerve is located. Because the proximity is so close, oftentimes a problem with balance can result in hearing loss or tinnitus as well. The two are not always related but if you are having trouble with dizziness, vertigo, or another balance disorder it is best to have your hearing examined.

Hearing aids typically have a lifespan of 3-7 years. They can last you for longer if you take good care of them and bring them in for regular cleanings and maintenance. Although hearing aids will last you for many years, many patients like to upgrade their devices around the 3-5-year mark to take advantage of new technology.

No, hearing aids are not waterproof but they are water resistant. You should never wear your hearing aids in the shower or when swimming. Although hearing aids are incredibly durable and can withstand everyday moisture and sweat, they should never be submerged in water.

Even a mild hearing loss can affect your ability to hear certain sounds and recognize speech in a conversation. Wearing hearing aids sooner rather than later will ensure you don’t lose your speech comprehension and that your brain receives the necessary sound stimulation it needs to stay active and healthy.

The only way to diagnose a hearing disorder such as hyperacusis or misophonia is with a diagnostic hearing evaluation. At Dr. Woods Hearing Center, we can thoroughly test hearing and diagnose conditions that cause sound sensitivity.

Whenever sounds exceed 85 decibels – the average sound level of city traffic – is when you should wear hearing protection. Everyday sounds can cause hearing loss over time while loud impact sounds (fireworks, jet engines, or firearms) can cause hearing loss after just one time.