Being diagnosed with a degree of hearing loss can be eye-opening. Most people put off going to the doctors for fear of coming to terms with the fact that hearing aids might be necessary for them to enjoy a better life. There are also numerous questions that almost immediately follow the diagnosis. Here are a few of the most common questions we get about hearing aids.
1. How do hearing aids work?
Hearing aids are built to allow wearers greater ease in speech comprehension when their inner ear hair cells have been damaged. They work by magnifying sound vibrations to allow any remaining hair cells within the inner ear to detect the larger vibrations and transform them into neural signals that travel to the brain. However, there is only so much amplification that can be allowed by hearing aid devices, so if the damage done to the inner ear is too severe then hearing aids might not be the best treatment option. In a situation where hearing aids aren’t powerful enough to help you, another recommended option would be cochlear implants.
2. Aren’t all hearing aids bulky looking?
Appearance is one of the biggest obstacles that wearers face. Many people who could benefit from using hearing aids opt not to due to the assumption that all hearing aids look “bulky”. As stated this is merely an assumption and if anything, it’s a myth. Hearing aid technology has come a long way, and different styles have been designed for those who wish to be discreet about their hearing loss. Styles range from Behind-The-Ear (BTE), a large and powerful style that allows the hearing aid to sit comfortably on the ear, to Completely-In-Canal (CIC), a smaller and less visible style that’s packs a lot of power with an appealing shape, these fit right into the ear canal making them practically invisible to others. Your options and style of hearing aid come in a wide range that best suit your preferences.
3. How long do hearing aids last?
Hearing aids are able to last typically around 3 to 5 years. Of course, they are able to last that long with proper maintenance, use, and follow-up care. Regularly seeing your hearing care professional to make sure your hearing aids are clean and in good condition is important as well.
4. Am I able to return my hearing aids if I don’t like them?
For most hearing hearing centers a demo, or trial period, is highly recommended for first time wearers to ensure that you’re truly confident when making your purchase decision.At Hear-It-All, we provide our patients with the ability to return any hearing aids that don’t fit their needs and work with each patient to determine which aids would work better for them
Ease the stressful questions
While it can be overwhelming searching for the perfect hearing aid for your budget and lifestyle, speaking to your hearing care professional can make the process much easier. Hearing aids allow users to become reconnected with life again. If you or someone you know feel that hearing aids could be beneficial, call us today and schedule an appointment. Let us find a perfect solution for you!
Lori Cook is a Hearing Aid Specialist with over seventeen years’ experience in the hearing healthcare industry. With a bachelor of arts in psychology and a master of science in social work from the University of Texas systems, Lori has a deep sense of concern both for her patients and her community.