How is your hearing range, really? This simple quiz can help get you started on your path to understanding your hearing health.
1. Do you have difficulty understanding the other person on the telephone?
2. Does it seem like most people around you are mumbling?
3. Is it difficult to understand one person's speech while there is background noise?
4. Do you find it difficult to understand the dialogue on TV unless you turn the volume up high?
5. Do you often need to ask others to repeat themselves?YES NO
Click a question below to learn more about hearing aids.Q. How do I keep my hearing aids clean and dry?
A. You will get a brush to clean off debris on any microphone covers or ports - it’s a very simple process. We will also professionally clean them for you, especially if you have a hard time doing it. Keeping them dry just means not to shower or swim with them (unless you buy the waterproof ones). Hearing aids today are extremely water resistant, so rain is not a problem.
A. That depends on the size of battery that you use. There are several different sizes, and bigger ones can last longer. Other factors are how long your days are and how much noise you’re in, which creates a difference on the battery drain and how hard the hearing aids have to work. It can be anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.
Many of our hearing aid styles come with rechargeable batteries. Instead of charging a battery, at night you just drop it in the charger. It’s very easy and convenient, especially if you have dexterity issues that can make changing batteries difficult.
A. With custom-fit hearing aids, we take an impression of someone’s ear and we get a hearing aid custom made for the exact shape of their ear. They can be very small, fitting very deep in the ear canal, and range in size all the way up to a larger piece that fits outside the ear.
A. We review many different factors that are unique to each person after a hearing evaluation and hearing aid demonstration. Not only is it based on our recommendations, but it’s going to involve what you want to wear, since you will be wearing it every day. We want you to be comfortable with what you are wearing.
Ideally, the process would involve a third party that you bring with you (spouse, family member, close friend, etc.) so that they can help you with the selection process. Since it will be in your ear, you won’t be the one to see it most times, so bringing someone that has a different perspective is helpful.
A. We always want people to know about how greatly improved the sound quality is today compared to even a few years ago. With older hearing aids the sound quality was not impressive, but today it’s as close as we have ever been able to come to reproducing natural sound quality.
A. Most people know that you get what you pay for and if it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn't. With us clients spend between $4,000 - 5,000 on premium technology hearing aids. Prices for entry level hearing aids start at just $499 for very basic digital products. Then we have many price points between the best and most basic that are sure to fit what people need. Often we save our patients thousands of dollars when compared to traditional hearing aid clinics and franchises. The best deal on our hearing aids is not just the price, but the fact that you'll be very satisfied by how well they work and the service that follows them.
A. During our initial visit you will be able to see how comfortable our hearing aids are and how great they work firsthand. This is just one of many reasons we have no short supply of video testimonials from our patients. Our goal is to make them so comfortable, you won't even know you are wearing hearing aids. You'll only notice the incredible feeling of knowing you won't miss a thing anymore.
A. We offer a whole line of invisible hearing aids. No need to advertise your hearing loss.
A. Our evaluation takes only 20 - 30 minutes. You will then have a complete and full understanding of your hearing results.
A. We fit all the major manufacturers of hearing aids and have access to many others.
A. There is no vitamin cure for hearing loss. When the hairs in the cochlea shrink or die off, they are done.
Forget what you think you know; discover the truth to common hearing myths below.
MYTH: "If I had hearing loss, my doctor would have told me.”
FACT: Most doctors do not screen for hearing lost. Hearing loss is one of the few physical declines that many physicians don’t recognize as a problem, since it often can’t be medically treated. Everyone over 50 should get a hearing check—even if they don’t have hearing loss—and get it rechecked every few years to see if it is changing.
MYTH: “Hearing aids don’t help in noisy environments.”
FACT: Years ago that was true, but not today. With today’s technology, hearing aids are very helpful in noisy environments, even in cars and busy restaurants. They do not eliminate the background noise altogether, but they can greatly help people understand speech in noisy environments.
MYTH: “Hearing aids are all bulky and beige.”
FACT: Hearing aids come in a wide range of sizes and colors. While we don’t get requests for bright pink ones that often, but we have every color out there. It can certainly be a fashion statement if people want it to be.
MYTH: “Once I have hearing aids, I don’t need any further appointments.”
FACT: After you’re fit with hearing aids, and after your initial adjustment period, you will still want to see your hearing healthcare professional at least once or twice a year. We have equipment that can clean them, dehumidify them, and vacuum them, and they may need to be adjusted over time as your natural hearing changes. You definitely want to set future appointments as time goes by.
MYTH: “Hearing aids are only for old people.”
FACT: Hearing loss affects people of all ages. It is most common in the older population, but the noisy world we live in today has unfortunately caused hearing loss in many young adults.
MYTH: “I don't want anyone to see my hearing aids, they make me look disabled.”
FACT: Truthfully, "the hearing loss is more noticeable than the hearing aid". Most hearing impaired people tend to withdraw from social situations or quietly nod their head and smile when they can't understand the conversation. Today's small, discrete hearing aids can dramatically improve every day functioning and lead to a fuller social life.
MYTH: “My friend's hearing aids are in the drawer. They never worked for him.”
FACT: All hearing losses are different and so are different hearing aids. What works for one person may not work for another. With proper testing and evaluation, finding the right hearing aid is not difficult. Adjusting to hearing instruments requires a positive attitude as well as a little time and patience.
MYTH: “Hearing aid batteries need to be changed all the time and it's really hard to do.”
FACT: Most hearing aids need a battery changed approximately every 5 to 7 days. It is very simple and many hearing aids now have rechargeable options.
MYTH: “I don't have a hearing problem, people today just don't speak clearly.”
FACT: Hearing loss often affects certain sounds, making it hard to discriminate speech. Hearing aids can be programmed to only amplify those sounds, making it easier to understand conversation.
MYTH: “I do not want to become dependent on hearing aids.”
FACT: People fear that starting to wear hearing aids "TOO SOON" will cause them to become dependent on the aids or even worsen their hearing. In fact, putting off the decision to be fitted will lessen their ability to be helped, significantly.
If you are having trouble adjusting to your hearing aids, you should go back to your hearing care provider and let them know you are having trouble, whether that trouble is the physical feel of the hearing aids or their sound. There are countless adjustments that can be made to the fit and feel of your hearing aids and to their sound, both with the volume and sound quality.
Depending on the level of hearing loss the transition to being comfortable with hearing better can be difficult. If the amplification is too much for a person to handle, we have to turn it down initially, then very slowly over time increase it to let the brain adapt to hearing better again. Most people don’t lose their hearing overnight, so it can be difficult and uncomfortable getting back you hearing in one day.
It is common to need an adjustment period to take time to get comfortable with hearing at target levels again. If wearing your hearing aids all day is overwhelming, you can set a goal to wear them for a number of hours, and once you get comfortable with that you can increase the hours.
Q. “I have a family member with hearing loss and communication is getting difficult, what can I do?"
Encourage them to come in and get a hearing evaluation and get them thinking about the possibility of wearing amplification. If they are reluctant, just make sure they know there is no pressure and that you are going to get a screening as well. If the person already has hearing aids and is experiencing more difficulty then then need to get them adjusted.