Hearing loss can be a bit daunting, especially when it’s a brand new experience, and it’s okay to feel overwhelmed. As hearing health professionals, we encounter this on a regular basis. In the hope of educating and empowering our community we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked hearing technology questions.
- Is there really a big difference in hearing aids?
The short answer is yes. Hearing aids come in all shapes and sizes at a variety of price points. When it comes to selecting a hearing aid, the most important thing is to find out which type of hearing aid will best suit your hearing loss and your lifestyle.
- How will I know if they’re working correctly?
When you’re new to hearing aids, it can be challenging to adjust to the sound environment. However, by working closely with your hearing health professional, you can make sure your devices are working optimally. Be patient with your new devices, as it may take up to a month for your ears to adjust.
- How long will my hearing aid last?
On average, hearing aids will last between 3-5 years. The life of your hearing aid can be dependent upon a number of factors, and with proper care, they may last longer. We recommend regular checkups to ensure your hearing aids are functioning properly.
- Should I sleep in my hearing aids?
Before you go to bed, take your hearing aids out. This will preserve battery life and give your ears a rest. Additionally, you can place your hearing aids in a dehumidifier overnight to remove excess moisture.
- Why is there such a large price range for hearing aids?
The price of a hearing aid is determined by many factors—power, style, technology—which can determine the price. However, do not use price alone to determine the value of a hearing aid. Depending on your lifestyle, you may not require a device with all the latest bells and whistles.
- Where should I buy my hearing aids?
When looking to buy a hearing aid, your best option is to go to an audiologist. He or she will be able to perform thorough diagnostics, which will enable you to get a custom-fit device.
- Is there a big difference between hearing aid manufacturers?
Each hearing aid manufacturer provides a range of hearing devices. Many of them offer similar basic technologies, but have more competitive higher-end models. Like price, you typically shouldn’t use this as a deciding factor when purchasing a device. Have your audiologist fit you with multiple options so you can find one you prefer.
If you have any other questions or are looking to purchase hearing aids in Louisville, feel free to reach out to our staff directly at (502) 584-3573.