Our Frequently Asked Questions provides a comprehensive guide through your hearing health journey. It covers understanding and identifying hearing loss, exploring the world of hearing aids, and making the best purchasing decision. From maintenance tips to cost considerations, it’s your go-to resource for all things hearing-related.
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Understanding Hearing Loss and Its Implications
Learn about the signs, causes, and effects of hearing loss. Discover why hearing assessments are key to identifying problems early and how prevention strategies can protect your hearing health.
Why is a hearing assessment necessary before purchasing hearing aids?
A hearing assessment determines the type and degree of your hearing loss. This is crucial in recommending the right type of hearing aids that will work best for your specific needs.
I've noticed a decline in my hearing, but I'm not sure if it's serious enough for a hearing aid. How can I tell?
Common signs of hearing loss include difficulty following conversations, increased volume on electronic devices, or frequently asking people to repeat themselves. If you’re experiencing these, we recommend scheduling a hearing assessment.
Can hearing loss be prevented?
While not all hearing loss is preventable, you can reduce your risk. Avoid prolonged exposure to loud noises, wear hearing protection when necessary, and get regular hearing check-ups.
What is the average age people start using hearing aids?
Hearing loss can affect people of all ages. However, it’s more common in older adults, with many starting to use hearing aids in their 60s or 70s.
Can I test my hearing at home?
While some online tests can provide a general idea of your hearing ability, they can’t replace a comprehensive hearing assessment conducted by a professional.
Is hearing loss reversible?
Some types of hearing loss, like those caused by earwax blockages or infections, can be reversed with treatment. However, sensorineural hearing loss, which is due to damage in the inner ear, is usually permanent.
How often should I get my hearing tested?
If you’re over 50, or you’re exposed to loud noises regularly, you should have your hearing tested annually. However, if you notice any sudden changes in your hearing, schedule a test immediately.
Are there signs of hearing loss in children?
Signs can include not responding to sounds, delays in speech and language development, and frequently increasing the volume on electronic devices. If you notice these signs, schedule a pediatric hearing assessment.
What's involved in a pediatric hearing assessment?
Our pediatric assessments use child-friendly, age-appropriate techniques. We make the process fun and non-threatening for children while providing accurate results.
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Exploring Your Options for Hearing Aids
Delve into the world of hearing aids. Understand the various styles, how they work, and which factors to consider when selecting one. Get answers to common queries on maintenance, comfort, and the benefits of digital hearing aids.
What factors should I consider when selecting a hearing aid?
Consider your lifestyle, the environments you frequent, your budget, the severity of your hearing loss, and the comfort and aesthetics of the device.
How do different hearing aid styles impact their function?
The style affects how the aid sits in or on your ear, the size of the battery, how natural the sound is, and how much amplification it can provide. Your audiologist can guide you through these considerations.
Can I test out a hearing aid before making a decision?
Yes, we offer a trial period for hearing aids. This allows you to experience the benefits of the aid in your everyday life before making a commitment.
How long does it take to get used to a new hearing aid?
Adjustment times vary. Some people may acclimate within a few weeks, while others may need a few months. Regular use and follow-up adjustments can help speed up this process.
Are there hearing aids that are invisible when worn?
Yes, there are. Completely-in-canal (CIC) and invisible-in-canal (IIC) hearing aids are designed to sit deep in the ear canal, making them virtually invisible.
What are the benefits of digital hearing aids?
Digital hearing aids offer clear sound quality, sophisticated features like noise reduction and connectivity to devices, and the ability to be programmed to match your specific hearing loss.
How do I clean and maintain my hearing aids?
Regular cleaning with a soft, dry cloth and checking for wax build-up are key. It’s also important to store them in a dry, cool place. Detailed cleaning should be done by a professional.
Can hearing aids be worn during sports or physical activities?
Most hearing aids are designed to withstand normal physical activities. However, they may need to be removed for contact sports or swimming unless they are specifically designed to be water-resistant.
What is Teleaudiology?
Teleaudiology allows you to connect with our specialists via digital platforms, receive assessments, and discuss treatment options from the comfort of your home.
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Making the Best Choice for Your Hearing Health
Navigating the final steps of your hearing aid purchase doesn’t have to be daunting. Learn about costs, support services, warranties, and what to expect after your purchase. Get clarity on returns, upgrades, and how to maximize the lifespan of your hearing aids.
I'm worried about the cost of hearing aids. Are there payment plans or financial assistance options available?
We understand that cost can be a significant factor. Our team can guide you on insurance coverage, financing options, and potential subsidies to make hearing solutions more accessible.
What kind of support and follow-up care can I expect after purchasing my hearing aids?
We provide comprehensive aftercare, including regular hearing aid check-ups and adjustments, cleaning services, and ongoing support to ensure you’re getting the most from your hearing aids.
What happens if my hearing aids need repairs or adjustments?
Our center offers reliable repair and adjustment services for all types of hearing aids. We’re here to ensure your aids function optimally for your specific needs.
What is the warranty period for the hearing aids?
Warranty periods vary by manufacturer, but most hearing aids come with a warranty that covers repairs due to manufacturing defects for a certain period. We’ll explain these details during your consultation.
Can I return or exchange the hearing aids if I'm not satisfied?
We want to ensure you’re happy with your investment. If you’re not fully satisfied, we offer a grace period during which you can return or exchange the hearing aids.
How long will my hearing aids last?
With proper care and maintenance, most hearing aids last between 5-7 years. However, your personal experience can vary based on the specific model and how well you maintain the device.
What happens when my hearing aids reach the end of their lifespan?
When your hearing aids are nearing the end of their lifespan, we recommend scheduling an appointment. We can discuss options for upgrading to a new model that suits your current needs.
Can I upgrade my hearing aids?
Yes, upgrading your hearing aids is possible. We offer a variety of newer models with advanced features to enhance your hearing experience.
How can Mid-Valley Hearing Center help me improve my hearing health after the purchase?
Our commitment doesn’t end with your purchase. We provide ongoing support, regular hearing aid check-ups, adjustments, cleaning, and counseling to help you adapt and maximize the benefits of your hearing aids.