Frequently Asked Questions
How can I determine which is the best hearing aid for me?
Hearing aids come in a variety of different sizes and models, with different features and functions. A conscientious professional should discuss with a prospective candidate their desires for using the instrument, their hearing loss, their cosmetic preferences, and their budget.
After a selection is made, a generous trial period should be available to make sure their instrument meets the criteria described above, and performs well in the sound environments in which the patient needs to live.
How do I know what I should spend on a hearing solution? There is such a broad range, and they seem very expensive.
Be careful of deceitful claims. Remember some of the things your grandmother may have told you: “There is no such thing as a free lunch”, or, “You only get what you pay for”, or even, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”
A “buy one, get one free” or “50% off” offer will result in getting a poorer quality product that is overpriced. Good quality hearing aids will cost between $1000 and $3000 each.
Your hearing is worth insisting on a quality product, and services that will meet the demands of your hearing loss, your life, and your budget.
How will I know I am purchasing the right product?
There are three primary factors to consider in selecting a hearing solution. The first is your hearing loss, the second is your lifestyle, and the third is your budget.
Several other factors must also be considered, including cosmetics, color, size, in-ear or behind-the-ear product, dexterity, and auxiliary products that may be needed.
After all of these are considered, and you are assisted in making a decision, you should be provided ample opportunity to experience the hearing solution with regular follow-ups to fine-tune the hearing aids to address your actual listening experiences.
Within the stated adjustment (trial) period, you should be permitted to change products if your original choice is not meeting your needs. If a change is made, the adjustment period should be restarted.
Prior to visiting a professional, compile a list of the problems you are having, and your desires for better hearing.
It always helps to bring a companion who is familiar with your hearing. By comparing what the individual with hearing loss is experiencing, with what the companion notices, the hearing professional is able to develop a more complete picture of the individual’s needs.
How soon will I have to replace my hearing aids?
Industry statistics report that hearing aids in general are replaced every 4.7 years. This is an average. Recognize that some will last three years while some individuals are able to wear their solution for seven years, and in some cases, even longer.
In general, in-the-ear hearing aids do not last as long as behind-the-ear hearing instruments.
Replacement can be a result of one or more of the following reasons: hearing loss changes, body chemistry is corrosive to the hearing aid, individual desires newer technology, or technology mechanically or electronically wears out.
Taking care to keep hearing aids clean and dry adds considerable life to hearing aids. Good daily care of hearing aids, along with periodic professional maintenance and tune-ups, will add to the performance and life of your hearing aids.
At delivery, and throughout the adjustment period, your professional will show you the components of your hearing aids and how to maintain them.
Will I need two hearing aids?
If there is a hearing loss in both ears, wearing two hearing aids will balance your hearing. You will be able to hear better with less volume, extract speech out of noise, and locate sounds, to list a few of the primary advantages.
Wearing one aid when there is a hearing loss in both ears is detrimental to the unaided ear and provides little to no advantage in background noise.
Can I leave my hearing aids in while sleeping?
Unless one has a severe to profound hearing loss, sleeping with hearing aids is not recommended. The best way to care for hearing aids is to remove them at night and store them in a dryer.
This removes moisture that builds up in the devices by wearing them in moist ears all day. It is also a good idea to give ears a chance to rest after wearing hearing aids all day.
Several assistive listening devices are available to help in hearing when hearing aids cannot be worn: pillow alarms and radios, smoke alarms, doorbell alerts, etc. If hearing at night is a problem, a hearing professional can help in selecting appropriate solutions.
What is hearing loss?
Life is enriched by what we experience through our five senses: sight, touch, smell, taste, and hearing. These senses work together enabling us to learn and enjoy life. Hearing is especially vital giving us the ability to communicate our wants, needs, and emotions.
You can't reverse hearing loss or eliminate all Sound Voids™. However, your AudigyCertified™ professional can assign the appropriate care and technology, lessening their effects and improving the quality of sounds you do hear. Unfortunately, many people suffering from a hearing loss are either unaware or ashamed of their condition, and therefore, do not seek out the advanced technology that is available.
Loudness of sound is measured in decibels. Pitch is measured in the frequency of sound vibrations per second. A deep voice has a low pitch and frequency, whereas, a child's voice has a high pitch and frequency.
What is High Frequency Hearing Loss?
In the early stages of hearing impairment, high frequency sounds are usually lost first. As a result, difficulty hearing or understanding high-pitched voices of women and children is one of the first signs of hearing loss. It is important to recognize that hearing someone and understanding them are two different things. High frequency hearing loss distorts sound, making speech difficult to understand even if it can be heard.
People with hearing loss often have difficulty differentiating similar sounding words, especially words containing S, F, SH, CH, H, TH, T, K or soft C sounds. These consonants are in a much higher frequency range than vowels and other consonants.
What are the degrees of hearing loss?
There are five levels or degrees of hearing loss. A person with normal hearing can perceive very soft sounds, whereas a person with a profound loss can only perceive sounds louder than 90 dB.
How do I prevent hearing loss?
Avoiding loud noise may help prevent premature hearing loss and the perception of Sound Voids™. There are relatively easy ways to identify if a particular sound is potentially harmful.
Is it difficult to talk or hear others talk over the sound?
Does the sound hurt your ears?
Do your ears ring after being exposed to the sound?
Do other sounds seem muffed after exposure to the sound?
If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, this noise could potentially be damaging your hearing. Most people don't recognize how loud everyday sounds actually are. Sounds above 85 dB are harmful depending on the length and duration of your exposure to them. The louder a sound is, the lower the amount of exposure required at which damage occurs. With proper usage, hearing protection devices can significantly reduce the loudness of sound reaching the ears.