Frequently asked questions about hearing aids

Are hearing instruments hard to wear?

At one time, the only hearing instruments available were bulky and uncomfortable to wear. Today,there are a variety of options, some custom and others are open-fit so as to not cause occlusion. Award-winning designs have proven to be aesthetically appealing, as well as fashionable.

My hearing is getting worse. If I get hearing aids now, won’t I just have to replace them later?

Generally, with digital technology we are able to adjust your prescription as needed.

I can hear people speak, but sometimes I can’t understand what they say. Why is that?

Hearing and understanding are related. Understanding words and sentences is a function of your brain. Your ears collect sound, transform it into nerve impulses and send them to the brain where understanding takes place. If damage of the nerves (cilia) has occurred, understanding may become difficult or sometimes impossible because parts of the sound are missing. A properly fit digital hearing instrument is designed to compensate for a loss of sound, and may improve your ability to understand.

I have been told that I have nerve deafness. Do hearing aids help?

Most hearing instrument users suffer from this type of loss. If you are one of the estimated 40 million Americans who suffer from this kind of hearing loss, you should consult a hearing professional – help is available!

My hearing isn’t really that bad. Why shouldn’t I put off getting a hearing instrument or hearing aid?

It is sad and wasteful to live a life less than at its fullest. Remember, hearing instruments cannot restore your hearing to normal. But they can add strength to the hearing you have left. Early help has been shown to have long-term benefits. Getting in to see someone now, even if you decide not to act right away will educate you on the options and benefits.

A doctor told me hearing instruments wouldn’t help. What can I do?

Breakthrough technological advances in the design of hearing aids have given many people the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of amplification. You should have a thorough test by a hearing care professional to baseline your hearing and discuss your options for improvement in your everyday hearing ability.

I can understand when one person is speaking in the room. But will hearing instruments help in a crowd?

Much of the noise in our surroundings is low-toned and tends to compete with weaker, high-toned sounds that give speech meaning. The digital advancements that have been made in hearing aids allow for the reduction of frequencies where background noise exists and increases the speech frequencies. Although noise is not eliminated, it is managed like never before.

Hearing instruments are so small and expensive. Why do some cost more than others?

Hearing losses are as different as fingerprints. With most patients, it entails the selection of a precise digital device specifically designed for that individual. Based on the patients specific needs or performance expectations, the cost may vary from the style or type selected.

I have difficulty hearing with both ears. Do I have to wear an instrument in both ears?

When both ears are impaired, two-ear assistance may be superior to that of a single instrument. This will provide balanced hearing and may help preserve speech activity in both ears.