How long will it take
to get used to wearing hearing aids?
Hearing loss occurs very gradually and for some can progress over many years. It's only reasonable to expect that hearing properly with your new hearing aids will take some getting used to. This adjustment period varies for different people and can range from just a few days to a few months. During this time, it's important to stay in contact with your Audiologist or hearing health professional. They can help ease this adjustment and help you set realistic expectations at every step of the process.
Will I need two
hearing aids or just one?
For the majority of people with hearing loss, binaural amplification (two hearing aids) is the best option. In fact, more than 75% of all hearing aid fittings today are binaural, and those wearers report greater satisfaction than those wearing only one hearing aid. Designed to mimic the natural benefit of two ears, binaural hearing aids will give you greater speech clarity, sound comfort, and better ability to locate the source of sounds. Your Audiologist or hearing health professional can help you determine if you have a hearing loss in just one ear, or if both ears are affected.
What are the possible
negative effects of untreated hearing loss?
The effects of untreated hearing loss are far-reaching. It can have a negative impact not only for the person with the hearing loss, but also on their extended network of family, friends, and colleagues. Hearing loss has been linked to feelings of isolation and depression since social interaction is compromised. Work performance can suffer, causing a decline in productivity and earning power. Some people with hearing loss can start to withdraw from others, avoiding many activities they used to enjoy. Some studies even associate hearing loss with high blood pressure. According to statistics, people with known hearing loss wait an average of seven years to try hearing aids. During that time, hearing and speech understanding can continue to deteriorate. The potential benefits of even the best hearing aids can be diminished the longer a person waits to correct their hearing loss. That's why it's vitally important to act immediately if you suspect a hearing problem.
How much do hearing
aids cost and are they covered by insurance?
Most insurance plans do not cover the costs of hearing aids. However, there is a broad range of prices, and there's sure to be an option that will fit your budget. The prices of hearing aids are largely dependent on the level of technology which can range from very basic to highly sophisticated. Your level of hearing loss, your expectations, and your listening needs will all be considered to determine which product is right for you. Some providers offer convenient payment plans to help pay for your hearing aids over a specified period of time. It's also important to understand that the prices generally include not just the product itself, but all of the required fitting, programming, and counseling that is required for a successful outcome.
Will others notice
that I’m wearing hearing aids?
Many people avoid hearing aids because they are worried that others will notice or they are not aware of the multitude of discreet options available. Hearing loss itself can be noticed by others and can be the cause of many embarrassing moments during social or business interaction. Today's hearing aids are significantly smaller and more attractive than their predecessors from years ago. Some are virtually invisible when they worn, while others boast elegant design and fashion colors you won't want to hide.
How has technology
improved over the years?
Similar to many other products, the technological advances in hearing instruments have been astonishing. No longer just basic amplifiers for all types of sounds, today's digital instruments are computer programmed to selectively amplify sounds based on each individual's hearing needs. There are innovations specifically designed to minimize background noise, improve speech clarity, reduce feedback whistling, and even learn what volume settings a wearer prefers. Most hearing aids today contain technology that does not require wearers to adjust them, but rather they can assess the situations and adjust themselves automatically. Some are even rechargeable so there's no daily fuss with tiny batteries.
I suspect I might have
a hearing loss. What should I do next?
By visiting our website, you've already taken an important first step in understanding and treating your hearing loss. Next, you should visit our Audiologist and hearing health professional. They can perform a battery of painless tests to determine if you have a hearing loss. If appropriate, any intervention or treatment options can be discussed during your visit, and these experts can answer any other questions you may have.