How do hearing aids work?
Hearing aids capture sounds with microphones, convert those sounds into electrical signals, amplify them, and then send them to a receiver. The receiver turns the electrical signals back into sounds and directs the sounds into your ear canal so you can hear them.
How do I know if I need a hearing aid?
The best way to find out if you need a hearing aid is to visit a hearing aid specialist or ENT doctor for a hearing exam and consultation. You know it’s time to get a hearing test when more than a few of these scenarios sound familiar:
- You are always asking people to repeat themselves.
- You seem to understand better when you’re talking face to face with someone.
- You have trouble following multi-person conversations.
- You think everyone is mumbling.
- You have special difficulty hearing women and children talk.
- You’re always turning up the TV.
- You can’t hear well in crowded places.
- Your ears sometimes ring or buzz.
What causes hearing loss?
The most common causes of hearing loss include noise exposure, aging, infections, genetics, birth defects, and reactions to drugs or cancer treatments.
Are there any alternatives to getting a hearing aid?
Only about 5 percent of adults with hearing loss can benefit from surgery or medication. For most people, getting a hearing aid is the best way to improve their hearing.
Won’t a hearing aid make me look old?
If you’re concerned about what others will think of your hearing aid, consider getting one of the completely in ear canal or invisible hearing aid models. These tiny hearing aids are so small that they fit almost entirely within the ear canal and are virtually impossible for a casual observer to notice.
Can a hearing aid restore my hearing?
Except in cases of very mild hearing loss, hearing aids will not give you the level of hearing you had before. What they will do is amplify soft sounds and improve your ability to understand people when they talk.
How well will my hearing aid perform in noisy environments?
If you regularly visit places with lots of background noise, you’ll want to make sure you get a hearing aid with the capacity to distinguish voice from background noise so that you’ll hear more of what you want to hear and less of what you don’t.
How long will it take me to adjust to my new hearing aid?
You will start noticing an improvement in your ability to hear right away. However, you should allow up to 4 months to fully adjust to your new hearing aid.
Will I have to buy new hearing aids every time my hearing worsens?
Most hearing aids can be adjusted to accommodate different levels of hearing loss. When turning up the volume on your hearing aid stops helping you hear better, take your hearing aid in for service. Some types of hearing aids can be updated with new software to increase their ability to amplify sound.
Do I have to get two hearing aids?
Most people do need two hearing aids, because hearing loss is most often due to age or noise, which tends to affect both ears. Your hearing professional can take a look at your unique hearing profile for each ear and help you decide whether or not dual hearing aids is the best choice for you.
What about cheap hearing aids?
Don’t be fooled by ads for $100 hearing aids. These devices are basically just amplifiers, with no intelligence to enable them to distinguish between sounds you want to hear and sounds you don’t. This means they will amplify loud noises just as much as quiet speech, which could be painful.
Can I try a hearing aid for free?
Some brands offer 30-day money-back guarantees on their hearing aids, which in essence means you can get a free trial. However, bear in mind that 30 days may not be enough time to fully adjust to the hearing aid so you might not get a chance to experience all of its benefits.