FAQ About Hearing Devices

Many people hesitate before seeking professional care for hearing loss fearing that they will need a hearing device. Even many who are currently wearing hearing devices delay return visits to their audiologists to learn whether they would benefit from updated technology.

We hope these simple questions and answers will help you better understand what hearing devices can and cannot do, and what to expect should you need the assistance of hearing technology. The right device can make a significant improvement in your quality of life.

Questions

Answers

Will hearing devices restore my hearing back to normal?

No. Hearing devices reduce the effort needed to hear and significantly improve quality of life, but they do not correct your hearing. Some listening situations may still be difficult.

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Will hearing devices damage my hearing?

If your hearing devices are properly fit and maintained, they will not damage your hearing. Wearing hearing devices actually keeps the hearing system stimulated, which prevents loss of speech discrimination over time.

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Will I need two hearing devices?

If hearing loss is present in both ears, two hearing devices are usually recommended. Binaural (two ears) hearing helps to better localize sounds, assist in noisy settings, and provide a more balanced sense of hearing. Also, most new technology communicates wirelessly between ears, working as a system to utilize features that make hearing sound more natural. Most people with hearing loss in both ears can understand more easily with two devices than with one. Your audiologist will tell you if two hearing devices are recommended or not.

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How much do hearing devices cost?

The type of technology determines the cost of a hearing device, meaning price van vary greatly. However, you can generally expect prices of $1000 and up. After your hearing is evaluated, your audiologist will help you choose the type of hearing device that is most appropriate for your hearing loss, lifestyle, and budget. More sophisticated hearing devices tend to have a more natural sound quality and make it easier to hear in background noise. Cost should not always be the only factor in deciding which hearing device to purchase. Financing options are usually available if needed.

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Why do the prices of hearing aids vary so much?

Hearing devices are not created equally. The options can often be confusing for those doing their research on hearing solutions. There are hearing device manufacturers that are reputable world-wide and have spent years on research and development to deliver the most up-to-date, sophisticated and natural-sounding hearing technology. This comes at a certain price.

There are other manufacturers who offer less sophisticated technology, and this is why their products are less expensive. Hearing care facilities all work with different hearing device manufacturers, so keep this in mind when shopping. In addition, similar to many other products, there are “good, better and best” models of hearing devices. The “best,” or more advanced models, sound more natural and are able to handle more difficult listening situations, such as hearing in a crowded restaurant. “Good,” or more basic models, are designed to handle less difficult listening situations, such as talking one-on-one in a quiet room. Style of the hearing device (i.e. behind the ear or in the ear) may also affect pricing.

Other factors to consider are the services and accessories that may or may not be included with the total purchase (i.e. batteries, cleaning supplies, office visits). It’s important not to overlook these details.

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Do I need hearing devices even if I only have a mild hearing loss or “high-pitched” hearing loss?

Everyone’s hearing loss and hearing needs are different. Your audiologist will help you determine if hearing devices are needed and how much they will improve your hearing. High frequency hearing loss can be deceiving because clarity is lacking rather than volume. Clarity of speech is what leads to understanding.

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I hear well in quiet, but have trouble hearing in noise. Do I need hearing devices?

Often times, people hear well or have little difficulty in quiet situations, but have trouble hearing when background noise is present. Difficulty hearing in noise may be a sign of hearing loss. You should have your hearing evaluated to see if any hearing loss is present. Hearing devices help to reduce background noise and focus in on speech.

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How long will it take me to adjust to wearing hearing devices?

Wearing hearing devices for the first time or wearing new hearing devices requires going through an adaptation period. At first, people’s voices or your own voice may sound loud or sharp, but this will go away with time. Usually the first few weeks will require getting used to the new sound quality as well as making computer adjustments to the hearing devices so that they are comfortable. Be patient during this time period.

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If I get hearing devices, will I be able to hear people if they talk to me from another room or if they are not facing me?

Everyone’s hearing loss is different. Hearing devices may improve this type of situation; however, it may still be necessary to receive visual cues from people when they are speaking.

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Will I be able to hear better over the phone with hearing devices?

Most hearing device styles have the option for a telephone program, which is designed to make hearing over the phone easier. Ease of telephone use will still depend on the type and severity of your hearing loss. If needed, accessories are also available for easier telephone use.

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Do I have to wear my hearing devices all the time?

It is recommended that hearing devices be worn all day, from the time you get up in the morning until the time you go to bed at night. In the beginning stages, you may need to gradually work up to wearing them all day. Hearing devices cannot get wet, so they cannot be worn in the shower, when swimming or when doing any other types of activities near water. Wearing hearing devices during heavy physical activity or when very loud noise is present is not recommended.

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Is there a lot of maintenance required to wear hearing devices?

Maintenance is easy once you get the hang of it. Hearing devices need to stay clean and free of ear wax, so it helps to either wipe them off with a paper towel or cloth once per day. You will need to change batteries about once every 1-2 weeks. Hearing devices need to be stored in a clean, moisture-free environment when not in use. Most hearing devices are able to be programmed so that they are completely automatic (if this is desired), so all you need to do is put them in your ears and go! If you need assistance with hearing device maintenance, we are always here to help you.

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Questions? Call our Bloomsburg office at (570) 784-8050 or our Montoursville office at (570) 567-1053, email us at ace@acehearingcenter.com or use the Contact Us form on this website to talk with our staff.