FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Hearing loss can develop gradually, making it hard to recognize. It’s also the 3rd most common physical condition after arthritis and heart disease! Family members usually notice it first, it may be mistaken for aloofness, confusion, personality changes or dementia, and people with hearing loss often find ways to compensate. Please feel free to answer our self-evaluation questions on the home page and schedule a call with us to get your hearing tested.
If you are diagnosed with a hearing loss, our provider will determine the best course of treatment. If hearing devices are a solution for your loss, your provider will take a number of factors into account to choose the right hearing aid to suit you.
Important factors include:
Technology features like the ability to connect to your smartphone. If you live a highly tech-connected life, new technology might be the easiest choice to incorporate into your lifestyle.
Your budget. But don’t sacrifice substance for savings. Though pricing for hearing aids at big chain stores is generally less than a doctor’s office, they have a limited selection, may stock hearing aids that are a few years behind in technology, and don’t offer the same broad scope of service and support found in the office of a hearing health professional.
Lifestyle needs. Whether it’s swimming, jogging or hiking, you should be able to depend on your hearing aids. Today’s hearing aids have a lot of features you may want and some you don’t. Before you buy, make a list of “must have” features for your hearing aids.
Similar to if you were to obtain a new pair of prescription glasses, it may take some time for your ears to adjust to your new hearing abilities. While hearing aids allow you to enjoy life more fully, there’s also a period of adjustment that can be frustrating for first-time users. That’s because silence is less abrasive than sound. A hard of hearing person, conditioned to hearing less, will sometimes give up on their new hearing aids when a few adjustments, realistic goals, and some patience could’ve made all the difference.
If you experience issues or have any concerns with your new devices, please feel free to reach out to our office.
Moisture is the culprit for many hearing aid problems — excessive moisture due to high humidity and sweat can cause distortion, static and a host of other problems. To help avoid the time and expense of a manufacturer repair, follow these tips:
- Leave your hearing device’s battery door open at night to allow air to circulate and dry it out.
- Purchase a hearing aid dehumidifier, a Dri-Aid Kit, or a Dry and Store Box — they are inexpensive, simple to use, and provide a handy storage spot.
- If you perspire heavily, take a moment to remove your hearing aids and wipe off excess moisture with a tissue.
- If you wear behind-the-ear hearing aids, consider a moisture guard.
- Avoid leaving your hearing aids in direct sunlight, glove compartments or environments where excessive heat can build up.
- If your hearing aid isn’t working and you suspect a moisture problem, do not attempt to dry it in the microwave or with a hair dryer; moisture will often evaporate on its own if the device is left open to dry (please see above).
- Keep replacement batteries on hand.
- Keep hearing aids and batteries out of reach of pets and children.
Hearing health is tied to whole body health so we recommend coming in for a baseline hearing test at 55 and continuing with yearly screenings, especially if you have hearing aids. If you are wearing hearing aids, testing your hearing once a year monitors any change in your hearing and assures that the settings on your hearing aids are current.
If you are considering the convenience of an over-the-counter hearing aid, consider checking with your healthcare professional first. Big Box” stores offer great conveniences but while OTC products may be accessible and affordable, most hearing loss requires a medical evaluation and customized treatment. Also, over-the-counter hearing aids may not feature the most up-to-date hearing technology.