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Hearing FAQs

At Audiology With A Heart, our goal is to make sure you're educated and informed about your hearing loss and your options.

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FAQs: Hearing Aids and Hearing Loss

Depending on your individual needs we may or may not recommend hearing aids to you. Regardless of what we recommend, we won't ever pressure you or make a choice for you. It's up to you to decide what you want to do about your hearing loss. Our job is to give you all the information you need so you're comfortable making that decision.

We're always available to answer your questions, whether you're trying to decide on hearing aids or you need a refresher on maintaining your current devices. Give us a call or send us an email if you ever need help.

Hearing Aid Questions and Answers

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Hearing aids aren't a cure. Even if someone is wearing hearing aids, you can't just talk to them the way you would to someone without hearing loss. Communication goes two ways. We always provide our patients with a card of communication tips for them as well as their family members. To make it easier for them to understand you make sure you speak clearly, look at them when you talk, and don’t switch topics too quickly. Remember that they're doing their part by wearing hearing aids; it's up to you to help with conversation, too.

The only way to be sure is to have a full hearing test from an experienced professional. Not all hearing loss can be treated with hearing aids, so you need a thorough hearing evaluation to determine not only if you have hearing loss, but also whether your hearing loss would respond well to hearing aids.

You might want to have your hearing tested for hearing loss if these seem familiar:

  • You have to ask people to repeat themselves often.
  • You have difficulty understanding people on the phone.
  • It feels like everyone around you keeps mumbling.
  • You laugh even though you couldn't hear the punchline to a joke.
  • You've had to turn the volume on the TV up louder than you used to.
We strongly recommend that you get hearing aids sooner rather than later. The earlier you get hearing aids, the easier it will be for you to adjust to them. If you have untreated hearing loss, you begin to lose the cognitive processes that help you understand sound over time. Treating your hearing loss sooner means that you won't lose those processes.
Wear them as much as possible! Don't be shy about trying them out. Wearing them all the time gives your brain a chance to get used to hearing again. The more you wear them in the first few weeks, the easier it's going to be to adapt to them.

Common Hearing Aid Misconceptions

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Maybe you have a friend who wasn't satisfied with their hearing aids, or maybe you've had a bad experience in the past. If that's the case, we suspect those hearing aids were not properly programmed or fitted. All hearing devices need to be customized by an experienced professional in order to address your specific hearing loss. Give them a try and see for yourself. Audiology With A Heart offers a 60-day risk-free trial period.
Hearing loss can happen to people of all ages, not just seniors. And the people who wear hearing aids are just as varied. Getting hearing aids doesn't mean you are old, it just means you want to be able to hear the world around you better. Hearing aids are almost entirely invisible, so people won't notice you're wearing them. They're incredibly convenient and powerful, and many have Bluetooth capabilities so you can connect directly to your smartphone, stream music, or watch TV.
It might be tempting to get those cheap hearing aids you see online, but you will get what you pay for. They may look the same on the outside, but those devices do not have the same level of technology on the inside. It's like comparing reading glasses to prescription glasses. Hearing loss doesn't work with a one-size-fits-all solution. Instead, you really do need to have your hearing aids professionally programmed by someone who knows what they're doing. Again, we encourage you to try them for yourself before making a decision!
It's important to have realistic expectations before you get hearing aids. Unfortunately, hearing loss can't be cured by hearing aids. Your ears and your brain do not change. However, hearing aids will help you hear better and understand better, and you will feel more connected to the world again.

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