Your hearing healthcare professional is a great resource for most of your hearing-related questions, but check here first for the answers to many commonly asked ones.
Signs of hearing loss include:
Hearing aids don't result in completely normal hearing. Even though they make sounds louder, the louder sounds are still sent to damaged hair cells in the cochlea. Fitting a hearing aid to a sensorineural hearing loss with damaged hair cells is like fitting eye glasses on someone with damage to the retina. Fitting a conductive hearing loss, where hair cells are intact, is more like fitting glasses. While damaged hair cells cannot be replaced, hearing aids greatly improve your ability to hear and can dramatically enhance your quality of life.
We offer a great try-before-you-buy program. It allows you to take home and try out hearing aids at different levels of performance in the actual situations you need them. You decide what works best for you - before committing to buying a thing. Then, once you have made a purchase decision, many hearing healthcare professionals offer a trial period so you can try hearing aids out for 30 to 6o days, during which they can be returned for a refund. During this time, the hearing healthcare provider can adjust the hearing aids to provide optimal comfort and sound so you can experience what it is like to wear hearing aids every day.
Wearing hearing aids for the first time requires that you re-learn how to hear: you can expect a short adjustment period. This experience will be different for everyone. Talk to your hearing healthcare professional about any concerns that you have. Be patient and stick with it – you'll be enjoying the benefits soon.
When you begin wearing hearing aids, you can expect to experience some tenderness as you adjust to them sitting behind or in your ears. If this soreness persists after a couple of weeks, talk to your hearing healthcare professional, who will determine if your hearing aids require further adjustments.
No. Many people with tinnitus experience relief from wearing hearing aids. If you do experience any change in your tinnitus you should contact your hearing healthcare professional.
Battery life depends on the length of time you wear your hearing aids, the size of your hearing aids, the type of circuit you have, and the size of battery you use. Ask your hearing healthcare professional about the estimated life of your particular batteries and refer to your hearing aid guide for additional information.
Referred to as feedback, whistling can be a result of your hearing aids being inserted incorrectly or your volume being too high. If adjustments to the fitting and volume do not correct the feedback, talk to your hearing healthcare professional, who will determine if your hearing aids require further adjustments.
Hearing healthcare professionals usually recommend wearing two hearing aids for people who have hearing loss in both ears. This is called a binaural fitting. Two hearing aids help to improve hearing in noise, localize sound, and improve clarity and sound quality. Studies have shown that people are more satisfied with their hearing aids when they wear one in each ear.
Your hearing healthcare professional will recommend a hearing aid style based on the following factors:
The life of your hearing aids depends on the style, how often you wear them, the amount of earwax produced, and how you care for them. On average, most hearing aids last four to five years before they require replacing.
Digital hearing aids that offer directional microphones combined with noise reduction offer sophisticated ways of processing sound to reduce as much background noise as possible. However, noise cannot be completely eliminated by any hearing aids, and keeping some level of background noise also results in a more natural listening experience.
No. If you wear hearing aids, your ears will not become dependent on them. When you remove the hearing aids, your hearing loss will be the same as before you inserted them. There is more downside to not wearing hearing aids if you need them than wearing them.