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Audiology FAQs

No. Tinnitus is not a hearing disorder, but rather a symptom of another underlying condition. Hearing loss can be the cause of tinnitus, but not the other way around.

In our daily lives, sounds around us typically mask tinnitus to some degree. At night, when things are quiet, there’s less noise for distraction, so you may notice your tinnitus.

Though it is difficult to say what genetic factors predispose individuals to hearing loss, there is a connection. Some genetic disorders present at birth cause hearing loss.

Protecting your hearing from noise levels greater than 85 decibels can greatly reduce your chances of noise induced hearing loss. In addition, scheduling regular hearing screenings will ensure any signs of hearing loss are caught early.

Hearing aids have an average lifespan of 5-6 years, depending on how well you take care of them. To get the most out of your hearing aids we recommended bringing them in every six months for a maintenance check and professional deep cleaning.

While hearing aids are water resistant and can withstand sweat and every day moisture, most are not waterproof. You should never wear your hearing aids when swimming or in the shower. Be sure to store them in a dry, safe location when you are not using them.

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