Hearing Loss and Hearing Aids FAQ

How do I know if I have hearing loss?
You might not notice any symptoms to hearing loss because there is usually no pain or discomfort involved in the gradual loss. The people who recognize the symptoms would be those around you. If you notice anything unusual, seek help at your soonest convenience.

What is a hearing aid?

A hearing aid is a small device placed behind or inside a person’s ear in a comfortable manner. All hearing aids have a microphone, amplifier, and a speaker. Combined, these small yet powerful parts detect sound, balance it out, and return the enriched version to your ear. Communication may finally be restored to bring confidence back to your conversations.

How do hearing aids help?

Most Hearing problems cannot be recovered overtime. Lucky for you, hearing aids can help improve your current hearing level almost back to its normal state. Your hair cells catch the signal from the hearing aid and send it to the brain, which perceives the sound be louder than it is.

Who treats hearing loss?
Audiologist is a person who has the professional training and advanced education to potentially resolve your hearing concerns. They will test, evaluate, and choose the best course of action to fix your hearing loss. The last step would be to help you pick the best hearing aid that will maximize hearing and fit comfortably.Sometimes doctors wills call upon other specialist such as hearing instrument specialists or Otolaryngologists to find the best outcome for the patient.

How can I find out if a hearing aid will help me?
The best way to discover if a hearing is aid is the right direction for you is to visit your local expert and schedule an appointment.

What are the different styles of hearing aids?
There are many styles of hearing aids; some sit behind the ear while others fit completely inside the ear canal, making them nearly invisible. Today’s hearing aids also come equipped with a host of features that allow you to talk on the phone, stream music, and listen to conversations in noisy environments.

Do all hearing aids work the same way?
All hearing aids amplify sound, but the electronics used may be different. The older analog hearing aids amplify sound, converting the sound waves to signals that are passed on to the inner ear.Digital hearing aids are like miniature computers, taking the sound waves and converting them into bits of information that the computer can manipulate and amplify.

These new digital hearing aids provide our hearing experts with more flexibility to custom tune the signals based on your own unique hearing loss. As a result, digital hearing aids can filter out background noise and enhance speech recognition in ways that analog models cannot.

Which hearing aid will work best for me?

Honestly, it depends. The right hearing aid will be selected based on the characteristics of your hearing loss, which can only be determined with an audiogram (hearing test) performed by a hearing care professional.Once we have your hearing test results in hand, we’ll know how much amplification you’ll need and which features will be beneficial to you and which won’t. For example, you may need two hearing aids if you have hearing loss in both ears, you may need telecoils if you speak on the phone a lot, and you may want completely-in-the-canal hearing aids if appearance is a concern.

What questions should I ask before buying a hearing aid?

Before you buy a hearing aid, ask your hearing specialist these important questions:

  • What features would be most useful to me?
  • What is the total cost of the hearing aid?
  • Do the benefits of newer technologies outweigh the higher costs?
  • Is there a trial period to test the hearing aids? (Manufacturers allow a 30- to 60-day trial period during which the hearing aids can be returned for a refund.)
  • What fees are nonrefundable if the hearing aids are returned after the trial period?
  • How long is the warranty?
  • Can the warranty be extended?
  • Does the warranty cover future maintenance and repairs?
  • Can the audiologist make adjustments and provide servicing and minor repairs?
  • Will loaner aids be provided when repairs are needed?
  • What instruction does the hearing specialist provide?

Why should I get two hearing aids?

If you have hearing loss in both ears, you should be wearing two hearing aids. Since you use both ears to locate the source of sound, restoring your hearing in only one ear will make it difficult for you to determine where sound is coming from. Sound could also be perceived as “flat” or “dull” with the use of only one hearing aid. The audiogram from your hearing test will show you if you have hearing loss in one ear or in both ears.

How long will it take before I adjust to wearing my hearing aids?

The benefits of better hearing are worth the effort, but you need to understand that, like anything new, it’s going to take some time and patience to get used to them. On average, most hearing aid users feel comfortable in their new hearing aids within a couple of months.You may experience some issues with discomfort, distracting background sounds, or the amplified sound of your own voice. This is normal, and problems can either be corrected by fine-tuning the hearing aids or just slowly adapting to the new sounds.

How do I care for my hearing aids?

Proper maintenance and care will extend the life of your hearing aids. Make it a habit to:

  • Keep hearing aids away from heat and moisture.
  • Clean hearing aids as instructed. Earwax and ear drainage can damage a hearing aid.
  • Avoid using hairspray or other hair care products while wearing hearing aids.
  • Turn off hearing aids when they are not in use.
  • Replace dead batteries immediately.
  • Keep replacement batteries and small aids away from children and pets.

What are some advances in hearing aid technology?

Just like other digital technology (computers, TVs, cell phones), hearing aids are becoming smaller, more powerful and more affordable. Today’s hearing aids are discreet (some are essentially invisible), filter out background noise, allow hands-free phone calls, stream music and sound directly to the hearing aids, enhance speech comprehension, interact with smart phones and much more.

Can I get financial assistance for a hearing aid?
Financial assistance is usually available in some form. Check with your insurance provider to see if they can offer any assistance. If not, financing is usually available through your hearing specialist, and you can also check to see what Medicaid or Medicare may cover.

Can I buy hearing aids online?
The effectiveness of your hearing aids is dependent on how they’re programmed, which is, in turn, dependent on the unique characteristics of your hearing loss. Even if you know exactly which hearing aid you need, the key to making it work is in fitting and programming it, something only a trained hearing expert can do. Making a purchase without having your hearing tested is a big mistake and you’ll likely end up with a hearing aid that won’t work for you. The smart move is to seek the help of a licensed audiologist or hearing instrument specialist. Our professionals are highly trained in testing hearing and fitting hearing aids.