Frequently Asked Questions
Below are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions regarding hearing loss and hearing aids.
How Do Hearing Aids Work?
In their simplest form, hearing aids are electronic devices that pick up and amplify sound. Sounds that you normally wouldn’t hear are increased in volume so you hear them better. Hearing instruments do much more than amplify sound. The sophisticated circuitry is programmed by your Audiologist to meet your unique hearing loss, and high-tech features are selected based on your lifestyle. State-of the-art hearing instruments are designed to not only improve your hearing, but your life.
How Do I Know Hearing Aids Will Work For Me?
Consumers who buy hearing aids are entitled to a trial period, usually 30 days from the time of fitting. During this period, your Audiologist or Hearing Care Professional will work with you to ensure your complete satisfaction. You will have follow up visits to fine tune your instruments, and if necessary, any changes to the style or circuitry can be made.
How Do I Know If I Have A Hearing Problem?
Most of the time hearing loss begins so gradually that it goes unnoticed. Here are the top warning signs that’ll help you determine whether hearing loss is present:
- People seem to mumble more frequently
- You hear, but have trouble understanding
- You often ask people to repeat themselves
- Telephone conversation is more difficult
- You can’t hear household sounds like a faucet dripping or a clock ticking
- It’s hard to hear without seeing the speaker’s face
- You are told you speak too loudly
- People say you play radio or TV too loudly
- There is ringing or buzzing in your ears
- Conversations are difficult in large group
- You have trouble following conversations with more than two people
- You struggle to hear in crowded places like restaurants and malls
- You have hard time hearing women or children
I Might Have A Hearing Problem. What Should I Do?
If you are 18 years of age or older, you should make an appointment with an Audiologist or Hearing Care Professional to determine the type and amount of your hearing loss. Depending on the test results, they may also recommend that you see your physician or an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist prior to getting fitted with hearing aids. If your child might have a hearing loss, it’s best to talk with your pediatrician who can refer you to a pediatric audiologist for testing and treatment.
What Are Some Dangerously Loud Activities?
Exercise caution with fire crackers, discos, music concerts, video arcades, gun shooting, movie theatres, motor sporting events, motorcycles, snowmobiles, motorboats, and lawnmowers.
What Causes Hearing Loss?
The majority of hearing loss cases involve damage to the inner ear. Most commonly, hearing loss occurs because aging and/or long-term exposure to loud noise has caused wear and tear on the part of the inner ear that sends sound signals to the brain. Scientific research has also linked hypertension and diabetes to hearing loss since it can cause damage to the inner ear too. This type of hearing loss can only be corrected with properly fit hearing aids, and it cannot be reversed. Some other causes of hearing loss are not permanent and may be treated medically. These include excessive ear wax (cerumen), infections of the middle ear, and malfunctions of the middle ear bones. A complete diagnostic hearing test can identify which type of hearing loss you might have and whether medical treatment can help.
Which Professional Carry A Risk Of Hearing Loss?
Some of the occupations at risk of causing hearing loss include: tradesmen, factory workers, firefighters, police officers, farmers, construction workers, military personnel, heavy industry workers, musicians, and other entertainment professionals.
Won’t Hearing Aids Make Me Look Old? Won’t They Cramp My Style?
Today’s hearing aids are smaller and designed to be discreet. Many are nearly undetectable even close up. One model actually sits completely in the canal of your ear so as to be practically invisible when worn. There are even fashionable, meant-to-be seen in fun color combinations and exotic flowery flourishes!
How Much Do Hearing Aids Cost?
Prices vary widely by the technology that is in the hearing aids, the options selected, and the services included with the purchase. Your hearing aid cost may also depend on your type of hearing loss and your specific needs. We aim to fit you with device that will give you the best quality of life, but we are also sensitive to your particular budget. All of our hearing aids come with a 3-year warranty that includes repair, a one-time replacement of each aid, and unlimited visits with the audiologist.
We offer several options for payment:
- Our practice participates with most major insurance carriers. We will check your hearing aid benefits through your insurance carrier prior to the hearing aid consultation.
- Care Credit with deferred interest financing for those that are approved.
- Visa, Mastercard, and Discover
- Health Savings Accounts
You should also check to see if you qualify for free or discounted hearing aids from the Veteran’s Administration, Texas Health and Human Services Commission (Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services), or a local charity.