There are probably a lot of questions you have about hearing aids and about hearing loss in general. Here are some frequently asked questions and some helpful tips about getting a hearing evaluation, purchasing a hearing aid, and more.
Why didn’t my doctor tell me about my hearing loss?
Not all doctors will screen for hearing loss, surprisingly only around 13% of physicians do. This is because hearing loss may not always be so recognizable.
Is a hearing evaluation painful?
Your hearing evaluation will not be painful. You will only be asked to listen to a view noises at different frequencies and volumes, and to repeat a series of words.
Will my hearing be totally normal with a hearing aid?
A hearing aid will greatly improve your ability to hear, however nothing will ever be able to return your hearing to normal once you have suffered damage to the ear. Many hearing aids today have dramatically improved noise cancellation to help your experience.
How many hours will my hearing aid last?
Hearing aids typically have a lifespan of 3-5 years. However, proper care including regular adjustments will help to prolong the life of your hearing device.
Are there any important questions I should ask my doctor before purchasing my new hearing aid?
- What features will suit my lifestyle best?
- Does my hearing aid come with a warranty and what does it cover?
- Does my hearing aid come with an aftercare package?
- Will my hearing care professional be able to help me with adjustments or any issues I have?
Can a hearing aid further damage my hearing?
No, absolutely not. Your hearing aid will be set to the appropriate setting for your hearing loss needs, only helping your ears not hurting them further.
How does a hearing aid work?
Hearing aids are made up of a microphone to convert sounds into electrical signals. Then an amplifier increases the signal, and a receiver converts the sound and sends it back through the ear canal.
Will it take me awhile to adjust to my new hearing aids?
This all depends on the type of hearing loss you suffer from and the type of hearing aid you use. We recommend wearing your hearing aids on a regular basis so you can get used to them. The more you wear them, the less foreign they will feel.
At Mass Audiology we strive to make our patients feel as comfortable as possible. Have questions about hearing loss or hearing aids? Get more hearing loss & hearing aid information at Mass Audiology! Contact us today.