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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Clean your hearing aids regularly. The biggest complaint we get is: “These things just don’t work!” However, by regularly cleaning the accumulated ear wax, the hearing aids will work better and last longer.
Sit strategically during conversations. If most of your hearing loss is in one ear, you need to sit with the ear that hears best facing the conversation. Place your back to the unrelated sound exposure. In other words, if your best ear is your right ear, you should sit on the left end of a dinner table.