Frequently Asked Questions About Hearing Aids

As your chosen hearing professional, it's our job to make sure you understand your hearing loss and your hearing options. We try never to overload you with too much information at one time, but we're always available to answer your questions and talk through possible solutions. Not only do we take the time to explain everything we can during your appointments, we're also happy to take calls or emails.

In our years in the business, we've noticed some questions come up again and again. We've gathered the most common hearing aid questions here, along with our answers about hearing loss and hearing instruments.

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Q: Why do I need two hearing aids? Can’t I buy just one hearing aid and save money?
A: You need to have two hearing aids if you have a loss in both ears because your brain is wired to hear with both ears. It adds clarity and avoids confusion. Without two instruments, you get little or no sense of direction.
Q: How often do I need to clean the hearing aids?
A: Every night when you take them out, you should brush them out for a quick cleaning. It only takes a few seconds per aid, but it makes them function much better today and last much longer for the future. We'll go over cleaning and maintenance of your hearing aids before we send you home with new devices, and we're always here to help refresh you if you forget.
Q: How long do the batteries last?
A: A size 10 battery is usually good for around 70 hours. A size 12 is good for about 140 hours, and a size 13 is good for around 210 hours. Having said that, the battery life varies far more when a Bluetooth streamer or iPhone or other smartphone is in use. In this case, the battery life is based upon your usage.
Q: I’m concerned that I can’t afford hearing aids. How can I get the help I need?
A: Depending on your individual situation, you may still be able to get financial help. There are charity organizations that specialize in providing hearing aids to those who cannot afford to pay for them. If you do not qualify for these organizations' assistance, we can help arrange affordable financing. Please don't let budget prevent you from getting more out of life. Let us know if you need our assistance finding a way to make it work.
Q: What is the best hearing aid for me?
A: Every hearing loss is as different as the person who has it. We recommend hearing aids for you based on a number of factors. However, you should definitely choose hearing aids from a reputable hearing aid manufacturer. We only carry hearing aids from the manufacturers we determine have the highest quality sound, most reliable devices, and most helpful customer service.
Q: Can I wait to get hearing aids if I have mild hearing loss?
A: Many people do (often between 5-7 years after they first start experiencing hearing loss), but that doesn't mean it's a good idea. If your hearing loss is very mild, you may be able to get away without hearing aids for some time. But a loss is still a loss, and you might be surprised how much you're missing out on. The earlier you start with hearing aids, the better experience you'll have because your brain will be better able to adjust to having hearing aids.
Q: Why is it important for me to get hearing aids if I have hearing loss?
A: There are a number of ways hearing aids can improve your quality of life! Being able to hear and understand what people say helps you stay connected to people you love, and it helps you stay engaged in your favorite activities. Your brain will also stay active because it will continue receiving sound information that you might otherwise not be able to hear. Finally, hearing aids can help with safety because you'll be more aware of what's happening around you, especially on the street.

Hearing Myths

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Myth: I'll become dependent on hearing aids if I start wearing them.

Fact:  Hearing aids don't damage your hearing. They don't cause your hearing loss to become worse. If someone seems "dependent" on their hearing aids, it's because they've gotten used to being able to hear again and they don't want to give that up.

Myth: Hearing aids will not help people with nerve deafness.

Fact:  The advancement in digital technology has vastly expanded the scope of people that hearing aids can help. Nerve deafness can now be treated with good results.

Myth: Hearing aids can be purchased online to save money.

Fact: Many schemes to sell hearing aids online have emerged, but the reality is that purchasing hearing aids is more like buying prescription glasses than over-the-counter reading glasses. Hearing aids are individual in nature and should be dispensed by a qualified audiologist. Proper testing ensures that the aid will be the instrument that best matches the hearing loss of the patient. Most audiologists include services with the purchase that include regular appointments and adjustments to maximize comfort, insure ease of listening, aural rehabilitation when needed, cleaning, and much more. The purchase of hearing aids is a major purchase for most people. To get the most for your money requires far more than simply purchasing the instrument. It requires the monitoring of a professional.

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Myth: I can't wear hearing aids when I’m in a public place such as church.

Fact: As the saying goes, practice makes perfect. Your brain must acclimate to wearing hearing aids. Things will sound differently to you. They may even be irritating at first since you'll hear many sounds that you have not heard in a long time. If you do not wear the hearing aids regularly, you will not acclimate to them. With regular use, these sounds will become the norm, and you'll get much more comfortable with the hearing aids. Soon, there will come a day when you feel more comfortable with your hearing aids than without.

Myth: I can get free hearing tests at many hearing practices.

Fact: Free hearing tests are primarily hearing screenings. This screening will tell if you have a hearing loss and need hearing aids, but it does not provide the kind of information to properly fit a hearing aid to your loss. A complete hearing evaluation is required to provide this type of information.

Myth: A hearing aid will help me hear just like I could when I was 19.

Fact: Nothing will make you hear like you were 19 except a time machine. The hearing aid is meant to help you be the best that you can be; it will maximize what hearing you have left.

Better Hearing Tips for Wearers

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Wear your hearing aids every day. Many people buy hearing aids but don’t fully commit to wearing them all the time. Your brain must have the regular input of the hearing aids to acclimate to the new sounds that you will hear.

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