Hearing loss and hearing aids can seem complicated and confusing, but they don't need to be. When it comes to your hearing, we believe that you need to understand your hearing loss and what your options are. You deserve to be an active participant in deciding what's best for you, and that means being educated about your hearing health. We want you to be comfortable and confident in your decisions.
If you ever have questions about hearing or hearing aids, we encourage you to reach out to us. We're here to help you. No question is too simple and no concern is too small. Here, we've answered some common questions we hear from our clients.
Are hearing aids a cure for hearing loss?
Although hearing aids will help you hear better while you are wearing them and will prevent your hearing loss from worsening, they won't completely cure your hearing loss.
Will hearing aids make my hearing work perfectly?
Nothing can make you hear the way you did before you had hearing loss. You won't have perfect hearing no matter how good your hearing aids are. However, hearing aids do an amazing job at letting you hear better than you probably have in years.
If I wear hearing aids does that mean I’m old?
No! We've seen so many individuals in their 40s and 50s who need hearing aids for their hearing loss. Hearing loss can even happen in children. All wearing hearing aids means is that you are getting assistance with a personal challenge. It means you're addressing a problem, just like wearing glasses.
Do hearing aids really work?
We hear people express concern because they have a friend or family member who had a bad experience with hearing aids. But there are so many reasons why your experience could be different from theirs. Consider these possibilities:
Why do hearing aids get bad or mixed reviews online?
It's very hard to review hearing aids because what works for one person may not work for someone else. As long as you're getting quality hearing aids from reputable manufacturers, you can be sure that the hearing aids themselves are good. But whether they're right for you is another story. That's why it's so important to purchase hearing aids from someone who really knows the hearing aids on the market and who can choose from a wide range of hearing aids to find the right ones for you. A bad review of a quality hearing aid might just mean that that hearing aid was the wrong fit, or it could mean that the person who fit them with that hearing aid did a bad job.
Why can't I just buy hearing aids over-the-counter?
While there are some hearing devices you can purchase online or over-the-counter, these aren't actual hearing aids. They are simple amplifiers that are not programmable to your specific hearing loss. Just like the reading glasses you can buy at the store, they are not a replacement for prescription devices. We advise caution if you are considering purchasing over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids because at the moment they are not FDA-regulated. In fact, we have had a number of clients recently come to us after purchasing OTC hearing devices and being disappointed.
How long can I wait to get hearing aids?
It may be tempting to put hearing aids off until your hearing loss is worse, but there are advantages to getting hearing aids sooner rather than later. No matter when you get hearing aids, your brain will need to adapt to understanding sounds it hasn't heard in years. This adjustment period can be much easier the sooner you get hearing aids since your brain will have spent less time without those sounds. That also lets us get you to your full hearing potential sooner, instead of having to slowly ease you back into more sounds.
How often will I have to upgrade my hearing aids?
That depends. As long as you take good care of your hearing aids and have them cleaned regularly, they should keep working for years to come. For many people though, the choice to get new hearing aids isn't a matter of their old hearing aids breaking. Instead, they want to upgrade to newer technology. The hearing aid industry is always developing exciting new products, and after 3-5 years, there's usually been substantial improvements made. We won't ever push you to buy new hearing aids, but we want you to know what's available so you can decide what's best for you.
It can take time to become fully comfortable with your new hearing aids, especially if this is your first time wearing them. We want to make the adjustment period as easy as possible, so we’ll work with you in any way we need to.