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Hearing FAQs

Hearing aids and hearing loss can be confusing. That’s why we are here to answer any of your questions or concerns. Our goal is to help you understand your hearing loss and your options for treatment. Because of our first-hand experience with hearing loss we genuinely want to help you hear better.

Below we’ve gathered some commonly asked questions from our patients.

Commonly Asked Questions

Q. How long do hearing aids last?

A. It depends on your environment, what you do for a living, and how well you take care of your hearing aids. Generally, hearing aids will last for 5-7 years. However, if you work in a physically demanding environment such as an oil field or in construction, then you may not get as long out of them. Again, it depends on how well you take care of your devices and if you bring them in regularly for deep cleanings and repairs.

Q. Can I purchase OTC hearing devices instead?

A. OTC (over-the-counter) hearing aids are simply sound amplifiers. They will turn up the volume around you but they won’t help your brain process sounds. We’ve had patients come in and tell us they saw hearing aids on TV for $200, but those aren’t real hearing aids and they won’t properly address your hearing loss. Also, when you purchase OTC devices, you’re not getting the personalized care you would from a professional. We won’t just sell you hearing aids and never see you again, we like to check in and see how your hearing is doing. That’s why we offer free cleanings for the life of your hearing aids, so we can give you the best service possible.

Q. Should I bring someone with me to my appointment?

A. Although it is not necessary to bring a friend or family member to your hearing appointment, we do encourage you to. We love to meet your family members and to hear their perspectives on your hearing loss. It’s important to remember that hearing loss doesn’t only affect you, it affects your entire family. When you bring loved ones with you it also gives us a chance to explain your hearing loss to them and to encourage them to be patient while you adjust to new hearing aids.

Q. Do I really have hearing loss if I can still hear some sounds?

A. Even if you have hearing loss you can still hear sounds around you. But you most likely have a hard time understanding what people are saying or you often ask them to repeat themselves. Hearing loss doesn’t only affect how you can hear sounds, but it also stops your brain from processing sounds. It’s important to get hearing aids so you can still process sounds and keep your brain active and healthy.

Q. When do I change my hearing aid batteries?

A. With today’s technology it is now easy to know when to change your hearing aid batteries. When the battery is dying, your hearing aid will start to beep and will continue to beep until the battery is empty or changed. If you don’t like changing batteries or are interested in an easier option, ask us about our rechargeable hearing aids.

Q. When should I get hearing aids?

A. You should get your hearing checked as soon as you or a loved one notice a change in your hearing. If left untreated, hearing loss will continue to get worse, negatively affecting your quality of life. Untreated hearing loss can lead to depression, social isolation, and relationship strains with friends and family. Don’t let hearing loss have a negative impact on your life, come see us so we can improve your hearing.

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