Q. How will a hearing aid help?
Hearing instruments are designed to help the ear do a better job of sending accurate information to the brain. Our brain determines what sounds are speech sounds that we use to exchange ideas, opinions, and feelings.
Q. How do hearing aids bring back my hearing?
Hearing instruments cannot bring back hearing, as most losses are permanent, but they can assist the hearing that is still good to do a better job. Just as glasses help the brain to see better, hearing aids help the brain to hear better.
Q. How large are today’s hearing aids?
Today’s devices are tiny and unobtrusive that are also cosmetically acceptable. Some devices are so small, they are 100% invisible; some sit inside the ear while others sit comfortably behind the ear. All are designed to help you to hear better and clearer.
Q. How much do hearing aids cost?
The investment made in today’s devices is quite varied and tied to the level of technology selected. In hearing healthcare, it is critical for the specialist to be able to select the appropriate level of performance to ensure patient satisfaction. There is usually a range of technology to select from to meet most requirements for cost concerns. American Hearing Centers offers convenient payment programs through CareCredit as low as $39 monthly.
Our most important tip for hearing aid wearers is to take care of your hearing aids because they work for you!
Look at your hearing devices and learn what they do. You’ll have an instruction book that comes with them that will help you.
The batteries only go in one way. If the battery door won’t shut, the battery is probably upside down.
If you wear two instruments, the right one will be marked in red and the left in blue.
Most devices are fully automated and will function without the need for you to manually control them.
Your hearing loss often takes years to be noticed, while it only takes a few minutes before you start to notice a difference with hearing aids. Be patient; your brain needs time to adjust. Millions of people have adjusted to their new hearing, and so will you!
One misconception regarding hearing healthcare is that hearing aids are just for old people! Hearing loss can and often does begin in our much earlier years going unnoticed or ignored. The common belief is that a hearing aid can restore hearing back to its natural state. It is critical that a hearing loss be detected and treated as soon as possible for optimum results. Hearing loss is not simply related to hearing; the brain is losing its ability to identify certain sounds in our speech frequencies, which causes difficulties with everyday conversations.
Myth: "Hearing Aids Won't Help"
It's been my observation over the past 33 years of hearing healthcare that 98% of the patients we see get relief from their hearing loss by the use of amplification. Just as a pair of glasses causes the brain to "see" better, properly fitted hearing aids do the same thing to help a person's brain to “hear” clearer.
Myth: "Everybody Will Know I Have a Hearing Loss"
Today's technology has allowed the development of tiny devices so no one knows a person is wearing hearing instruments. In reality, everybody knows when another cannot hear well. Saying "huh" or "what" often is a sure sign of a hearing difficulty. The use of today's modern technology allows the brain to retain its ability to understand human speech and to help preserve those critical auditory skills we need for accurate communication.
Myth: "Hearing Aids Cost a Lot"
Hearing aids are an investment, and the price is largely connected to the level of technology selected. Hearing instruments at American Hearing Centers can range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. We offer convenient payment programs that are designed for all incomes and budgets.