Hearing Loss FAQs
How do I know if I need a hearing aid?
First, you need to figure out if hearing loss if affecting yours or your families daily life. Your family may have noticed you are not hearing as well as you did in the past. If you are having trouble communicating and keeping up with your lifestyle this may impact your decision. Your Hearing Health Care Provider can test your hearing to help determine if you have hearing loss and if necessary, work with you on options that may help you.
How long do hearing aids last?
People choose to upgrade their hearing aids for many reasons but most do so when their hearing aids are too old, there is a significant upgrade in technology, or because their hearing has worsened.
Fortunately if your hearing has worsened, you may not have to replace your hearing aids. Most digital hearing aids can be immediately reprogrammed by your hearing healthcare professional to accommodate incremental hearing loss.
In general it is recommended that you have a hearing test and update the programming in your hearing aids every year.
Why do I need to continue seeing a Hearing Health Care Professional?
Treating hearing loss is a process. Hearing loss typically happens slowly over time, it will take time to retain your brain to properly process sound again. This means that progressive adjustments will have to be made to your new hearing aids as your brain relearns speech and sound.
The amount of time needed to make this adjustment differs from person to person but it is an important critical step so that you can take full advantage of your hearing aids.
How long should I wear my hearing aids on a daily basis?
Once you have acclimated to your hearing aids they should be comfortable enough to wear all day.