Hearing Aid FAQ

What are hearing aids?

Hearing aids are electronic devices that are worn in the ear canals or behind the ears. They amplify sounds so people with hearing loss are able to hear more clearly and communicate effectively.

Why are there so many different styles of hearing aids available?

Everybody’s hearing loss is unique, as are their lifestyle needs, cosmetic preferences and budgets. There are pros and cons to every style of hearing aid; some people prefer discretion and opt for tiny devices worn out of sight, while others have trouble with small buttons and prefer larger units with controls that are easier to manipulate.

What should I do to keep my hearing aids in good working order?

Daily cleaning is essential in keeping your hearing aids running smoothly. Wiping them down with a soft, dry cloth will remove dust, dirt and earwax and help prevent the need for repairs. Storing them in a dehumidifier at night will wick away moisture and protect against damage, extending their lifespan.

How long will my hearing aids last?

Hearing aids are built to provide many years of dependable service when used correctly and cared for properly. Under optimal conditions, you can expect your hearing aids to last from 5-7 years.

Do I really need two hearing aids?

Humans rely on two ears to hear properly. Binaural hearing is crucial in allowing us to understand speech, maintain balance and localize the source of a sound, resulting in better hearing in noisy environments. Most types of hearing loss affect both ears anyway. At least 90% of patients benefit from wearing two hearing aids.

How often should I wear hearing aids?

In order to allow your brain to adjust to hearing aids and gain the most benefit from their use, you should wear your hearing aids every day. Do remove them before you go to bed each night, and take care to avoid getting them wet.

Will wearing hearing aids make me look old?

Missing out on social activities, asking others to repeat themselves frequently, responding inappropriately and blasting the volume when watching television are more likely to make you appear old. Hearing aids will improve your ability to communicate and interact, ensuring you continue to participate in your favorite activities and pastimes. Besides, today’s devices are smaller and more discreet than those in the past; chances are, many people will never even know you are wearing hearing aids!

Why is there a whistling sound when I turn on my hearing aids?

Feedback is an occasional nuisance for hearing aid wearers, but in most cases is easily correctable. There are a number of troubleshooting tips you can utilize to eliminate feedback and distortion.