Hearing Loss And Hearing Aid FAQ
Over the last few decades, major advances have helped us better understand the nature of hearing loss. Still, there’s a lot of misinformation out there.
How aware are you when it comes to your hearing? Find out!
How can I tell if I have hearing loss?
Hearing loss is often so gradual that you may not notice it at first. As your hearing loss increases, you may compensate by turning up the volume or asking people to repeat themselves. It’s common to deny the problem initially, then blame others for mumbling or keeping the TV volume too low.
If others tell you that you need a hearing test, it’s time to get one, especially when you consider that your odds of having hearing loss are 1 in 5.
Is it worth the trouble to improve my hearing?
Better hearing will improve your life, especially your relationships with friends, family and coworkers. Hearing loss can be frustrating for you and lead to social withdrawal and depression. It can drive your family nuts when they constantly have to repeat themselves or leave the room because the TV is too loud. The best solution is to deal with hearing loss rather than act as if it isn’t a problem. It’s not too much trouble either. Just give us a call!
Does it matter if I put off getting hearing aids?
Hearing loss gets worse over time. Researchers even have a name for this: “auditory deprivation.” The longer you ignore your hearing loss, the more hearing you’ll lose that can never be recovered. Hearing aids can help, but only if you have enough hearing left to be saved. And the longer you live with hearing loss, the harder it is to adjust to using hearing aids.
If I can’t hear clearly, why not just turn up the volume?
Turning up the volume on your TV or asking others to speak louder might help you hear better for the moment. But don’t expect to have the best relationships. When people know they’ll constantly have to repeat themselves, they tend to save themselves the trouble by avoiding you. And not getting a hearing aid if you need one could actually make your hearing worse!
Do hearing aids work? My dad’s never did.
Hearing aids work for almost everyone, especially if you use the right technology with the right settings. The key is to work with your hearing specialist to find the right hearing aid, programmed for your specific hearing loss. Fitted and adjusted to your lifestyle, your hearing aids will almost certainly help you hear better.
Are there any hearing aids that aren’t ugly?
It’s true that older models were large, and there were few options. But today, the newest models are sleek and small, with some types that fit completely inside the ear canal, making them nearly invisible.
Won’t hearing aids will make me look — and feel — old?
First, hearing loss affects people of all ages. Second, hearing clearly and participating in conversations with confidence can help you stay young and vibrant. What will make you seem old: constantly asking people to repeat themselves, missing parts of the conversation and responding inappropriately! Sound stimulates your brain and your ears to keep them in good working order.
Are hearing aids expensive?
It’s all about value! Hearing clearly is part of staying healthy, happy and active. How much is that worth to you? The hearing specialists at Northwest Speech and Hearing Ltd. will recommend the hearing aid options that best match your hearing needs, your lifestyle and your budget.
Can I save money by getting just one hearing aid?
If you have hearing loss in both ears, you need two hearing aids to hear sound clearly, locate the source of sounds and maintain your balance.
Do I have to learn to live with the ringing in my ears?
Ringing in the ears, known as tinnitus, isn’t something you have to live with. Our audiologists can help you find a solution to this annoying problem. It could be something as simple as excessive earwax! Call us today to get your hearing checked.