You may be asking yourself one of the following questions; if so, we trust our answers will prove helpful!
Q. How do I know if I have a hearing loss?
A. There are some questions we ask all our patients if they are unsure whether or not they have a hearing loss.
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then it is possible that you have a hearing loss. Of course, the only sure way to know is if you come into our office for a hearing consultation.
Q. Can’t I buy one hearing aid in order to save money?
A. If you have hearing loss in both ears, most of the time it is symmetrical and you would benefit from hearing aids. It's much better for your speech understanding and your brain if you have two, even if you have the most basic type of hearing aids versus one really good hearing aid. If you're basing it on finances, we recommend two hearing aids instead of one, even if you're going to have to cut down on the level of technology.
Q. How often should I clean my hearing aids?
A. How often one should clean their hearing aids typically depends on the person and how much wax they produce. However, even if your ears don’t produce a lot of wax, it is still recommended to clean your devices regularly using a tissue or even a baby wipe. It should be a daily habit just like cleaning your glasses. You should take a look at your wax trap at least once a month, but if you produce more wax, then it should be a more frequent practice.
Q. Will hearing aids can make me hear the way I used to?
A. Hearing aids will improve your hearing in a lot of situations, but you won't necessarily hear the way you used to when you were a child. You will notice that you have more amplification for your environment, and a much better speech understanding with your hearing aids. While you will notice some major improvements, your hearing won’t be the same as it used to. This is because when your hearing is damaged, there tends to be some distortion on the signal, so it won't ever be completely 100% again but the hearing aids will give a lot back to make-up for some of the damaged areas.
Q. Why are there different levels of hearing aids?
A: Since everyone experiences hearing loss differently, some people require more clarity and amplification than others. The levels of a hearing aid can be compared to a camera. A higher level camera has more pixels and will produce sharper images. With hearing aid, the higher level technology produces clearer and more natural sound quality. The level of technology you need can often depend on your lifestyle.
Q. How do I get a family member to confront their hearing?
A: Often times, individuals do not confront their hearing loss because they feel like they do not have support. We recommend you go to a hearing consultation together. This can relieve any stress or concerns your family member may have.
Do you have more questions that weren't answered above? Contact us or schedule a consultation and we'll do our best to alleviate your concerns.