Hearing Loss in Columbus & Powell, OH

Do You Have a Question About Hearing Loss?

The idea of hearing loss can be scary. At Echo Hearing Systems & Audiology, Inc., we understand that you might feel anxious about damaging or losing your ability to hear. That's why we're dedicated to educating our Columbus and Powell, OH patients about hearing loss and its prevention. Our team gets lots of questions every day on this topic, so we've compiled some of the most frequent ones below. Contact us with additional concerns or an appointment request. 

What Are the Types of Hearing Loss? 

There are two types of hearing loss. Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when cells become damaged in the ear. Noise is the most common culprit of this type. Patients might also be dealing with conductive hearing loss, which results from earwax buildup or other obstructions in the ear. In some cases, patients have a mix of sensorineural and conductive hearing loss. 

What Are the Signs of Hearing Loss? 

If you suspect your hearing is getting worse, be sure to stay vigilant for the warning signs of hearing loss. Some people lose their hearing quickly, while others only experience hearing loss in one ear. In general, look for the following symptoms: 

  • Difficulty understanding and following conversations
  • Asking others to repeat themselves often
  • Inability to hear high-pitched sounds
  • Turning up the TV volume much higher than normal
  • Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears

Do I Need Hearing Aids? 

You might need hearing aids if a diminished ability to hear is negatively affecting your daily life. If this is the case for you, be sure to visit Echo Hearing Systems & Audiology, Inc. for a hearing test. Depending on our findings, we might recommend hearing aids. 

What Does a Hearing Test Include? 

We're proud of our comprehensive hearing tests at Echo Hearing Systems & Audiology, Inc. Our hearing tests include a full evaluation and diagnosis of your condition. We even offer free online hearing tests that only require five minutes of your time! At your appointment, we'll also provide a hearing aid fitting, medical referrals, and education on assisted listening devices. 

Can I Prevent Hearing Loss? 

For some patients, prevention is possible. However, hearing loss is natural as we age and inevitable over time. But that doesn't mean that you can't stave off hearing loss for as long as possible. To preserve your hearing, refrain from listening to loud music and stay away from explosive noises whenever possible. Clean your ears of any wax buildup, but don't use cotton swabs. Opt for an at-home irrigation system instead. You can also improve your ear health by choosing foods with vitamin B12 and potassium, as well as avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol. 

What Causes Sudden Hearing Loss? 

Sudden hearing loss in one ear or both ears can result from a variety of factors. Infections, head trauma, poor blood circulation, and certain disorders may all cause sudden, seemingly-unexplained hearing loss. 

How Can I Protect Myself Against Noise-Induced Hearing Loss? 

Noise-induced hearing loss can be difficult to prevent, especially if you work in a noisy environment. At Echo Hearing Systems & Audiology, Inc., we highly recommend using earplugs and earmuffs whenever possible. These items can reduce noise by up to 30 decibels, effectively protecting your hearing from the worst of it. 

Do You Accept Insurance? 

Yes! The team at Echo Hearing Systems & Audiology, Inc. is proud to work with most insurance companies and third-party payers to get you the care you need. We believe that healthcare should be accessible to everyone, so we encourage you to speak with our staff about your payment options.