Single Sided Deafness

People with SSD have unique listening problems and require unique solutions. Most audiologists and hearing aid dispensers have no idea how to deal with your unique needs. At Whittier Hearing Center we are specialists in this area. We work closely with local ENTs and Neurotologists to help you hear the best you possibly can.

There are three options for this type of hearing loss:

  1. Aid the good ear: This helps you hear well from your good ear but does nothing for helping you hear from your bad side.
  2. CROS/BICROS Aids: This system sends sound from your bad side to the good side using FM radio signals. You simply wear what looks like two, very small, cosmetically appealing hearing aids.
  3. Bone Anchored Hearing Instruments (BAHI): This system uses a surgically implanted titanium abutment and a programmable processor. You simply snap the processor onto the abutment when you want to hear from the bad side. Because this is bone conduction the sound quality is excellent. We work with both the Oticon Ponto system and the BAHA from Cochlear.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I improve my hearing?

Unfortunately, many forms of hearing loss are permanent because there is no cure. Treatment methods that feature amplification fit to your specific hearing loss by a hearing care professional typically have the highest user satisfaction for improved hearing and improved quality of life.

How can I prevent hearing loss?

Protecting your hearing from noise levels greater than 85 decibels at work and during leisurely activities will greatly reduce your chances of noise-induced hearing loss. Many manufacturing jobs require hearing protection in loud environments, but hearing protection is also recommended while ATV riding, hunting, attending concerts and sporting events, and playing music — all situations where your hearing is vulnerable.

What should I do if I get sudden hearing loss?

See your physician immediately; sudden hearing loss is considered a medical emergency. Sudden hearing loss typically resolves on its own within two weeks, but it might not — meaning your hearing might be gone for good. Seeking medical assistance within 72 hours of the onset of sudden hearing loss greatly improves the chances that your hearing will recover.

At what age do people normally start getting hearing loss?

Since hearing loss is cumulative, hearing loss begins as an infant and continues throughout life. Most individuals don’t begin to experience symptoms until their late 20s or early 30s, and by age 45 a yearly hearing check becomes of greater importance. One-third of people beyond the age of 65 have some degree of hearing loss, however mild or severe, and that share of the elderly population increases as they age.

Are some types of hearing loss easier to treat?

Hearing loss is a puzzle that our professionals love to solve, and it is based on your individual experiences, lifestyle, and severity of impairment. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment method for hearing loss — it’s based on the sounds that you can’t hear, which vary greatly, and the sounds that you want to be able to hear. A quality hearing system from a reputable manufacturer isn’t effective until an experienced, qualified hearing care professional programs the technology properly based on your unique hearing needs.

Is hearing loss hereditary?

Though it is difficult to say what genetic factors predispose individuals to hearing loss, there seems to be a connection. Some genetic disorders present at birth cause a hearing loss, but in the absence of a disease, hearing loss can still have a basis in your genetics.

Are there any health downsides to not treating hearing loss?

Research has established a relationship between hearing loss and dementia. There is strong evidence that hearing loss accelerates brain-tissue atrophy, particularly in areas of the brain that auditory nerves would stimulate but can’t because they aren’t receiving a signal (due to a hearing loss). These areas of the brain are also related to memory and speech. Individuals with a mild hearing loss are three times as likely to fall down than those without, and the likelihood of falls increases as degree of hearing loss increases. Hearing loss has also been linked to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, sickle-cell anemia, and other circulatory conditions.

Whittier Hearing

13121 E. Philadelphia St.
Whittier, CA 90601

(562) 698-0581

info@whittierhearing.com

Office Hours

Monday: 8:30am – 5:00pm Tuesday: 8:30am – 5:00pm Wednesday: 10:00am – 5:00pm Thursday: 8:30am – 5:00pm Friday: 8:30am – 5:00pm

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