Hearing 101

Understanding Hearing Loss

Learn more about the signs and types of hearing loss, the effects of untreated hearing loss, the benefits of improved hearing, insurance, and warranties.

Signs of Hearing loss

If you are experiencing one or more of these signs, you may have hearing loss:

  • Frequent need to have people repeat what they’ve said
  • Difficulty following conversations with two or more people
  • Speech sounds muffled or as if the other person is mumbling.
  • Difficulty hearing in noisy places like restaurants
  • Difficulty hearing women and children
  • A need to turn up the TV or radio to hear better
  • Frustration or embarrassment when trying to hear others
  • Avoidance of social situations because of problems hearing
  • Ringing in the ears

Types of Hearing Loss

There are four main types of hearing loss:


The tiny sensory cells in the inner ear (cochlea) are damaged. This type of hearing loss is permanent and irreversible.


Sound transmission to the inner ear is hindered. This can be caused by something as simple as wax in the ear canal or by a more complex problem in the middle ear. Physicians can treat some causes of conductive hearing loss.


This type of hearing loss combines the sensorineural and conductive types.


This type of hearing loss is caused by a disorder of the central auditory nervous system or a problem in the transmission or interpretation of sound from the inner ear to the brain.

Effects of Untreated Hearing Loss

Many people with hearing loss feel they can “get by.” However, hearing loss can greatly affect the quality of life of the sufferer and of family and friends. Studies show that untreated hearing loss can lead to auditory deprivation and reduction in the ability to recognize speech. It can also cause emotional and social problems such as anger, depression, isolation, frustration, and embarrassment.

Benefits of Improved Hearing

Imagine being able to hear again! Children’s laughter. Birds singing on a spring afternoon. The punchline of a good joke. Hearing aids can enrich your life by enabling you to participate more easily and happily in social situations. And they can reduce fatigue, irritability, and, for many, tinnitus (ringing in the ears).

Insurance and Hearing Care

Medicare and most insurance plans cover hearing exams but not hearing aids. A few group plans and specialized insurance plans cover hearing aids. Financing options are also available if you qualify. Call us at Whisper Hearing Center, and we can help you find a way to get the hearing aids you need.

Warranties and Hearing Aids

Hearing aids are covered by a manufacturer’s warranty for up to three years, depending on the make and model. This warranty covers most repairs and/or a one-time replacement for loss and damage. You can also purchase an extended warranty for your hearing aids.

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