First, let’s address some common myths that patients sometimes believe.
Myth: A hearing aid will bring back your hearing back to “normal.”
Fact: Hearing aids will not repair or restore all of one’s hearing loss. Instead, they assist you in hearing sounds and make the quality of your hearing better. Your hearing won’t be perfect, but it will be better than it was.
Myth: “My hearing isn’t that bad, so I’m sure I don’t need a hearing aid.”
Fact: Everyone has a different degree of hearing loss. The range and frequency of sounds you have trouble hearing or understanding are different from anyone else’s. Because of this, we must first test your hearing before we can determine whether or not a hearing aid will help you.
Plus, the longer you wait, the worse your hearing ability will get. It’s recommended that you have annual hearing evaluations in order to monitor your hearing ability and take action as soon as you notice any changes.
Myth: I don’t have to wear my hearing aid when I am by myself.
Fact: If you’re going to get the most of your hearing ability, your hearing aid should be worn from morning to night - all the hours of the day during which you are not sleeping. This allows your brain to adjust to the multiple sounds that are around you in your daily activities and redefine what it means to hear “normally” for you. If you wear your devices inconsistently, your brain won’t have time to adjust and the devices won’t help you to their fullest extent.
Now let’s address a few questions I have gotten from many patients in the past.
Q. Are there different kinds of hearing aids?
A. Yes, there are multiple styles and brands. The two most prevalent styles are in-the-ear (ITE) and behind-the-ear (BTE). ITE hearing aids fit invisibly inside the ear canal. A mold will be taken of your ear so that the device will fit your needs exactly. With BTE devices, the biggest part of the hearing aid is located behind the ear and a small clear tube leads into the ear. BTE hearing aids can also have more settings and programs due to the larger size and vast improvements of technology.
Q. How long is this hearing aid going to last me?
A. Most standard devices we offer last 4 years or longer on average. Of course, this all depends on your commitment to recommended maintenance practices. All devices will be subject to natural wear and tear, but with the maintenance suggestions I provide, you can help prolong the life of the device.
Q. When should I consider getting hearing aids?
A. Everyone’s loss and ability to understand sounds is different. The decision to obtain and use hearing aids is based on these factors, so having a hearing evaluation is the only way to know whether or not you need devices. We want to make your hearing and level of understanding better! Visit us today and we’ll work with you to make that happen.
Q. How does a hearing aid actually work?
A. Hearing aids have a microphone that picks up all the sounds around you. They keep the sounds that are important and eliminate noise in the background. Then, the devices amplify the important sounds so that your brain can more easily receive the signal and process what you’re hearing.
Hearing aids can be programed for different settings depending on the type of environment you’re in. As your hearing loss changes over time, those settings or programs can be altered.