Frequently Asked Questions About Hearing Aids

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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.
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.
Q: What is the best hearing aid for me?
A: You should purchase a hearing aid manufactured by one of the six top manufacturers in the U.S. They will provide the most recent technology and the best service. Within this group, you should use your audiologist’s top recommendation. They are trained to match your hearing loss to the hearing aid that provides the most benefits to you.

Hearing Myths

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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 different from buying something like tires. 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 will feel uncomfortable without them.

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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Three Types of Hearing Loss

Conductive hearing loss is when hearing loss is due to problems with the ear canal, ear drum, or middle ear and its little bones (the malleus, incus, and stapes).

Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL), also known as nerve-related hearing loss, is when hearing loss is due to problems of the inner ear.

Mixed hearing loss refers to a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss. This means that there may be damage in the outer or middle ear and in the inner ear (cochlea) or auditory nerve.

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