FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I know I have a heaing loss?

Recognizing a hearing loss in yourself or someone you know is the first step toward improving the stuation. Often, among the first sounds which “disappear” are those in the higher frequencies, that is, those which are most high-pitched. From the listener’s point of view these sounds include:

Women’s and children’s voices Birs singing.

How much of a hearing loss is necessary before hearing instruments can be beneficial?

Because individual hearing requirments and listening preferences vary, there is no simple answer. However, as a general rule, hearing aids nfor even the midest iosses (25 dB HTL) can help.

Can hearing instruments be worn incisibly?

Besides the traditionsl behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing instrument you might be familiar with, there has been going on an intseresting development towards in-the ear (ITE) hearing instruments hearing instruments that are so samll that they fit directly in the ear canal. Among these, a type called CIC (completely-in-the-canal) is most unobtusive.

Is a hearing test paintful?

Hearing test is painless, easy and takes a few minutes. Theis simple test, whcih should be done annually as part of a medical physical, is important to detect a loss as soon as it develops. In that way, your Hearing Health Care Professional can suggest an appropriate intervention program wich may minimize further hearing loss.

Can hearing instruments be worn incisibly?

Besides the traditionsl behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing instrument you might be familiar with, there has been going on an intseresting development towards in-the ear (ITE) hearing instruments hearing instruments that are so samll that they fit directly in the ear canal. Among these, a type called CIC (completely-in-the-canal) is most unobtusive.

Since CICs are practically incisible, they are an excellent cosmetic improvement over other types of hearing instruments. In addition to their minuscule size, they also offer other potentiallly important bebfits including:

  • Suitability for a wide range of hearing losses
  • Comfortable and secure fit
  • More realistic sound
  • Reduced feedbackv
  • Improved directionality
  • Easy insertion and removal
  • Wearability during sleep
What kind of help can I get from Siemens?

Siemens Audiological Engineering Lts. (Siemens Audiologische Techniks GmbH) offers a Wide range of in-the-ear and behind-the-ear hearing instruments for different hearing losses. Besides big variety of conventional standard hearing instruments, Siemens excels in the high-end segment, offering digital and digital programmable hearing instruments in miniature designs and with outstanding technological features, thus allowing comfortable sound superior speech inteligibility. To know more about our products, please contact our local partner.

    What is the benefit of digital hearing instruments?

    Just because a hearing instrument will be digital does not mean it will be superior. The True heart of digital technology will not lie in the flexibility of fitting to today’s amplification targets, but will rely upon the ability to provide a real end user benefit, and, in particular, the ability to signficantly improve speech recognition (both in quiet and in noise) over current instument.

     Our newest product development called PRISMA is a fully digital hearing instrument and offers

    • Superior speech recognition in every situation
    • Speech-sensitive signal processing
    • Optional (switchable) wide-band and directional microphones (Twin-Mic System)
    • PRISMA will be available early in 1998. Check with our local partner where PRISMA is available in your country.
      My hearing instrument works intermittently: it works for a few hours then fades out. if I put it aside for a few hours, it will work again. Why?

      This symptom is typically associated with either cerumen (ear wax) or moisture build-up in the receiver and/or microphone port.

      In the morning hours, at room temperature, When the hearing instrument is first used, it will be dry and thus perform well. As the day progresse, due to higher body temperature, the cerumen build-up tends to become more fluid and will block the receiver port. The effect is no first reduce high frequency gain, and then ultimately a complete loss of function. When the instrument is set aside for a few hours, it may start to work again as the cerumen solidfies and becomes porous, opening up the receiver port. This intermittent cycling can be repeated daily.

      It is likely the hearing instrument will need to be serviced, and a receiver and wax protection device installed. Storing the instrument in a dry aid kit (which can be purchased from your Hearing Health Care Professional) when no in use, also recommended.

          Why does my hearing instrument battery only last one week now when it used to last three weeks?

          Once possibility is that the receiver of the hearing instrument is partially block with cerumen (ear wax) or ear drainage. In this case, the blockage acts as an extra load for the amplifier and will drain considerably more power from the battery. This is somewhat like driving a car with the parking brake on the engine will burn more gas for the same job.

          Battery drainage can also be increased because the hearing instrument weareer keeps turning up the volume of the hearing instrument over previcous settings. This may be due to a change in hearing loss or the presence of impacte ceumen explained above. If an increase in hearing loss is suspected.

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