FAQ Hearing Aids
1) How common is hearing loss?
Hearing loss can strike at any age, from childhood through adulthood. It can be caused by anything – from a common cold to a head injury. Some hearing loss, due to aging, is normal, starting as early as 20 years of age. Often, hearing loss is a gradual problem; sudden hearing loss is quite rare.
2) Will a hearing aid restore my hearing?
Hearing aids can restore your hearing to normal. They are designed to let you hear soft sounds that you couldn’t hear before, and prevent loud sounds from becoming uncomfortably loud for you. They are also designed to improve your ability to understand speech, even in noisy environments.
3) Will I be able to hear in noisy places?
While no hearing aid can filter out all background noise, advanced hearing aids are designed to reduce some types of background noise so that you can enjoy conversations and improve communication in places like restaurants, business meetings and social gatherings.
4) What are the different types and styles of hearing aids?
Today’s hearing aids come in a wide variety of sizes and styles — from those that sit behind the ear to completely invisible hearing aids— and feature different technology levels to match specific needs and budgets.
5) How do I know which hearing aid will be best for me?
There are several factors that will determine which hearing aid will be the right one for you. They include the nature and severity of your hearing loss, your lifestyle and the activities you regularly enjoy, your job, your eyesight and dexterity, and the size and shape of your outer ear and inner ear canal.
6) What are some of the advances in hearing aid technology?
Like many other high-tech devices (TVs, phones, computers), hearing aids have experienced a major technological revolution in the past decade and especially in the last few years.
The best of today’s hearing aids are designed to virtually eliminate feedback; make listening in noisy environments easier and more comfortable; stream stereo sound from TVs and radios directly to the hearing aid itself; let you talk on your phone hands-free; and much more.
All-in–all instruments that are smaller (in some cases, invisible), more comfortable and powerful than ever before.
7) Is there an adjustment period to wearing hearing aids?
Yes. Most people need an adjustment period of up to four months before becoming acclimatized to — and receiving the full benefit of — wearing their hearing aids. However, you should expect to notice obvious benefits during this trial period.
8) Will I need a hearing aid for both the ears?
Two-ear hearing (called “binaural”) is better than one. If you have hearing loss in only one ear, you may be fine with one hearing aid. Age and noise-related hearing loss tends to affect both ears, but your hearing profile for each ear is probably different. If there is a loss in both ears, you will probably benefit more with a binaural solution. Today, about two-thirds of new users opt for dual hearing aids, and as a group they report a higher level of satisfaction than purchasers of a single hearing aid.
9) Should I consider purchasing a hearing aid online?
We believe that you achieve the best possible results with your hearing aids by consulting with a hearing professional in person, so we do not endorse retailers selling over the Internet.