Do you repair hearing aids?

Generally, we can fix most hearing aids made by most manufacturers, including but not limited to Phonak, Oticon, Signia, Starkey, ReSound, and Widex.  We cover basic repairs, including ear wax and debris removal within the hearing aids. Excess ear wax and debris can cause damage to internal parts. With proper cleaning and care, these basic repairs can be avoided. 

To learn more about all our Hearing Aid Services, click here.


How do you know which hearing aid is best for you?

If your hearing test reveals permanent hearing loss, your audiologist may recommend a hearing aid for one or both ears. He or she may explain what sounds you are not hearing and what a hearing aid (or hearing aids) can do to help. It is usually at this appointment that you will get to see and touch different styles of hearing aids. In some cases, you may even be able to listen to a hearing aid. Your hearing specialist will help you choose the best hearing aid style, features, and level of sophistication based on your degree of hearing loss, your lifestyle, and your financial circumstances. However, the final decision regarding which hearing aid to purchase is yours.

When selecting a hearing aid style, our audiologists consider the following factors to ensure you get the right hearing aid for your needs:

  • The degree of hearing loss (power requirements)
  • Manual dexterity and visual abilities
  • Patient budget
  • Cosmetics
  • Skin sensitivities
  • Anatomical/medical considerations

Do hearing aids work for everyone?

Whether or not a hearing aid will work for you usually depends on the type of hearing loss or the degree of hearing loss you may have. 

To learn more about the different types of hearing loss, click here


How can you protect your hearing from loud noise?

Noise-induced hearing loss can be prevented with the use of hearing protection devices (HPDs) and in limiting your exposure to loud sound levels.

HPDs, such as earbuds, earmuffs, and earplugs, help to reduce the sound intensity, though, they do not block out sound completely. 

There are several different types of HPDs available, and they have different noise reduction ratings (NRR). The NRR is the standard rating system for all HPDs, and it is measured in decibels (dB), ranging from 0 dB to 35 dB, indicating the amount of potential protection the device provides. The higher the NRR the better the protection will be.

If you are interested in HPDs, contact us to set up an appointment.


How loud is too loud?

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that noise exposure levels should not exceed 70 decibels (dB) over a 24-hour period, and 85 dB over a 1-hour period to avoid hearing impairment.

Check out “Vital Signs, Too Loud! For Too Long!” from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, explaining how loud noises damage hearing.


What causes sudden hearing loss?

According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), sudden deafness, or sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSHL), strikes one person per 5,000 every year, typically adults in their 40s and 50s. Sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSHL) usually comes on suddenly and rapidly, and nine out of 10 people with SSHL lose hearing in one ear.

Unfortunately, most people who experience SSHL delay treatment or don’t seek treatment at all, because they think the condition is due to allergies, sinus infections, or earwax impaction. If you suspect you have SSHL, you should seek immediate medical care, because any delayed treatment could result in a permanent hearing loss.

About 80% of people diagnosed with SSHL do not have any identifiable cause. For the other 20%, causes have been attributed to secondary issues associated with primary illnesses or medical conditions, including:

  • Ototoxic drugs (drugs that affect the sensory cells in the inner ear) 
  • Autoimmune Diseases (such as Cogan’s Syndrome) 
  • Trauma (head injury)
  • Infectious Diseases 
  • Blood Circulation Problems
  • Tumors (tumors on the nerve that connects the ear to the brain)
  • Neurologic Diseases and Disorders (such as Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Disorders of the Inner Ear (such as Ménière’s Disease)

If you suspect you may have SSHL, contact us today for a full evaluation.


What should you do if you think you have a hearing loss?

If you think you have a hearing loss, you should schedule an appointment to see one of our audiologists for a hearing evaluation. Our hearing evaluations are very thorough and quick, usually taking no more than 20 minutes. We perform comprehensive hearing assessments for children 6 years and older, adults, and seniors.

Once completed, we will provide you with a complete report with interpretation of results and recommendations. We will also send a copy of the report to your physician.

To learn more about our hearing evaluations and testing, click here.


What causes hearing loss?

Hearing loss affecting adults is typically associated with aging, but can also be due to hereditary factors, noise exposure (occupational and recreational), viral and bacterial infections, heart conditions or stroke, head injuries, tumors, and certain medications. To learn about the different types of hearing loss, click here.


What is the advantage of going to an independently owned Audiology practice?

Infinity Hearing is an independently owned Audiology practice serving Kittery and the outlying communities of York County, Maine (Southern Maine). Being an independently owned audiology practice in Southern Maine means that Infinity Hearing is not owned by hearing aid manufacturing companies like other audiology practices are in the area. This allows our audiologists to provide you with the best care possible without having to worry about meeting sale quotas from hearing aid manufacturers invested in a practice.

Make an appointment with us today if you’re experiencing hearing loss, symptoms of tinnitus, or are in need of a hearing test with an audiologist. We look forward to meeting you soon.


What is an audiologist?

An audiologist is a professional who diagnoses and treats hearing and balance problems. An audiologist has received an Au.D. (Doctorate in Audiology), or a Master's or Doctoral degree from an accredited university graduate program in audiology.

Audiologists are trained to diagnose, manage and treat hearing or balance problems for individuals from birth through adulthood.

If you or a family member suspect that you have a hearing problem or a balance problem, contact us today. After carefully reviewing your health history and evaluating your hearing, one of our audiologists will determine whether your condition might be medically treatable and will refer you to an appropriate professional. If your condition is not medically treatable, your audiologist will recommend audiologic care or treatment which may include hearing aids, aural rehabilitation or balance therapy.