Hearing FAQs

  • What are the different types of hearing loss?

    Conductive hearing loss results from problems in either the middle or outer ear, or occasionally both. The auditory nerve functions normally, but sound doesn’t reach the inner ear.

    Sensorineural hearing loss is the result of damage to the inner ear and/or auditory nerve.

    Mixed hearing loss is the result of a combination of both conductive and sensorineural factors.

  • What is the most common cause of hearing loss?

    Although many different factors can contribute to hearing loss, noise is the most common culprit.

  • Is it possible to have hearing loss and not know it?

    Yes. Because of the gradual nature of the condition, many individuals affected by hearing loss don’t even realize that they have it. If you suspect you have a hearing problem, we suggest that you schedule a hearing evaluation as soon as possible.

  • Can headphone use lead to hearing loss?

    Yes, personal listening devices, such as iPods and video game headsets, can cause hearing loss. Many listen to these devices at dangerously high volumes for extended periods of time. In fact, 1 out of 5 teenagers has some hearing loss! One way to reduce this risk is to use earphones with a built-in volume limiter. Another solution is custom-fit earphones that reduce ambient noise and allow for better sound quality at lower intensities. Contact Bronxville Hearing Center for more information about safe listening levels and other suggestions regarding personal listening devices.

  • What is the ringing in my ears?

    It’s called tinnitus, but it doesn’t necessarily present as a ringing sound. Tinnitus can also take the form other noises such as hissing, buzzing, whirring and chirping. The sensation is most often the result of damage to your inner ear, and may be constant or occasional. It can occur in one ear, both ears, or in the middle of your head. If you’re experiencing tinnitus, we recommend that you schedule a hearing evaluation right away.

  • Are there any professions that are more at risk for hearing loss?

    Yes. Firefighters, police officers, factory workers, farmers, construction workers, military personnel, heavy industry workers, and musicians all are at a higher risk for hearing loss because of their exposure to high noise levels. It’s a misconception, however, that only these professions are at risk for hearing loss.

    There are other, less obvious occupations that can contribute to noise-induced hearing loss, including truck drivers, dentists, school music teachers, and coaches are at risk as well. In fact, anyone exposed to noise above a certain decibel level is at risk for hearing loss. For example: if you’re a librarian, but your hobby is ice sculpting with a chisel and chainsaw, you may be at risk for hearing loss.

  • I don't want people to know I have a hearing loss. Can I get an invisible hearing aid?

    Our hearing aid styles include:

    • Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearings aids fit comfortably over or behind your ear. A rubber tip or custom ear mold directs the sound into your ear. BTEs are the most durable hearing aids. We carry traditional, super-power and mini BTEs.
    • In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids are custom-designed to fit directly in your ears. This is a more conventional style, which has been used for many years, but with the newest technology built inside, they have become quite sophisticated. ITE hearing aids come in different sizes. The size you need will depend on your level of hearing loss.
    • Invisible-in-the-canal (IIC) hearing aids fit much more deeply into the ear canal than ITEs. These tiny, custom-designed devices are the most discreet hearing aid option. Because of their size, however, IIC hearing aids are only recommended for people with mild to moderate hearing loss.
    • Receiver-in-the-ear (RITE) hearing aids feature the receiver or speaker inside the ear canal, which connects to the “behind-the-ear” portion of the device with a slim, plastic-coated wire. In many cases, the ear canal remains almost completely open. This “open-fit” design makes these devices so comfortable that many people say they don’t even feel them at all! RITE devices have quickly become the most popular sellers in the entire hearing aid industry.
  • How much do hearing aids cost?

    Hearing aids range from several hundred to several thousand dollars. The price is determined by the type of circuitry inside the device, and more advanced technology is more expensive. However, certain circuits are appropriate for some people, but not for others. The audiologist at Bronxville Hearing Center will conduct a hearing evaluation and consultation to determine the best option for you.

    Please note that Bronxville Hearing Center offers payment plans to fit any budget, including no-interest plans and long-term plans with interest. Bronxville Hearing Center also accepts all major credit cards.

  • What is an auditory processing disorder?

    This condition involves problems with the way the brain uses and interprets auditory information. Some are born with this disorder and some develop it later in life. Auditory processing disorders (APD) affect people of all ages. Many children have been misdiagnosed with attention deficit disorders or learning disabilities when the true problem is an APD. Schedule a complete hearing evaluation for yourself or your child today if you have concerns.

    Learn more about auditory processing disorders at the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association website.

  • What is an FM system?

    An FM system is a device that reduces the signal-to-noise ratio, making it easier for a person to hear, especially in noisy environments. Studies show that even children with normal hearing perform better in school when a sound-field FM system is installed in their classroom. FM systems can be used in churches, classrooms, vehicles and restaurants. Call Bronxville Hearing Center today to learn more. We are experts when it comes to the recommendation, installation, service and use of FM system technology.

  • What is a loop system?

    Hearing loop technology is opening more of the world to hearing aid users. Many public venues, such as churches, theaters, ticket booths, and train stations, are using this technology to offer a connection between their sound systems and hearing aid users. But hearing loops aren’t just for businesses and public areas; you can loop your living room or home office. Ask for more details on how this technology can help your friends, family, or business.