Here are answers to some of the most common questions we are asked about hearing aids. Feel free to call us if you need assistance.
Should I wear one or two hearing aids?
Eighty-two percent of hearing impaired individuals have hearing loss in both ears (Kochin,S MarkeTrack 2003) . There are significant benefits to wearing two hearings aids such as increased speech understanding in both quiet and noisy listening environments, enhanced speech quality, improved sense of balance and improved localization ability. If you have hearing loss in only one ear then wearing one hearing aid is the answer for you. Talk to your Hearing Health Care professional to determine the solution best suited for your hearing loss.
Why are zinc air batteries used in hearing aids?
Zinc air batteries are most often used because they produce a large amount of energy despite their very light weight and small size. All zinc air batteries have a tab on the positive side of the battery and are not activated until this tab is removed. The instructions on the battery package states that the tab should be removed for 1 minute prior to inserting the battery into the hearing aid. Once the tab is off the battery, the battery is working so even if you don’t put the battery in the hearing aid it will still drain. You also can’t put the tab back on the battery to stop the drain. The battery will drain faster when running the hearing aid so that is why you are encouraged to open the battery door when you aren’t using the hearing aid.
What type of battery does or will my hearing aid need?
Every hearing aid takes a specific size battery. The batteries have a color coded system to help you remember what size battery you need. For future reference just remember the color for your battery to purchase the correct size.
Yellow = Size 10
Brown = Size 312
Orange = Size 13
Blue = Size 675
How long do hearing aid batteries last?
The life of the battery depends on the demands placed on the hearing aid and the hearing aid itself (i.e., size of battery, the circuit inside the aid etc.), how often you use it and what types of listening situations you are in. Some batteries may last days while others can last a week and a half. Consult your Hearing Health Care professional and read through information supplied by your battery manufacturer to ensure that you follow the steps to maximize the life of the batteries.
How often do I have to change the waxguard?
The waxguard protects the hearing aid receiver from damage. How often you have to change the waxguard depends on the size of the hearing aid and how deeply the hearing aid goes into your ear (for example, the waxguard will need to be changed more often in a CIC style of aid). It also depends on how much earwax an individual produces. Some individuals will change their waxguard every day while other people might not have to change the waxguard at all. If the hearing aid isn’t functioning you should always change your waxguard as your first troubleshooting step. Unfortunately, even the simple act of inserting the hearing aid into the ear can cause earwax to accumulate in the waxguard. In that case you may have to change the waxguard numerous times to remove the earwax from the waxguard and your ear canal.
Will my hearing aid amplify loud sounds and damage my hearing further?
A hearing aid will amplify all sounds but it is set to a safe level of amplification so it will not damage your hearing. It may take time to get reacquainted with hearing sounds again whether they are loud or quiet.
Why don’t hearing aids that look the same cost the same amount?
It is what is inside the hearing aid, not the outside appearance, that typically differentiates the cost of the aid. There are many different circuits available and the level of circuit technology is what actually dictates the price.
How long should a hearing aid last?
The life expectancy of a hearing aid is typically 3 to 5 years. Most hearing aid manufacturer’s won’t repair a hearing aid that is more than 5 years old.
What sort of changes will I have to make in my life once I have a hearing aid?
When you begin wearing a hearing aid, you will need to re-train your brain to hear sounds that you have become unaccustomed to hearing because of your hearing loss. You also need to relearn how to filter unwanted sound. In order to get used to sound again you should wear your hearing aid as much as possible. Keep in mind that a hearing aid will not completely restore your hearing but it will enhance sound so that you can hear better.
Why are my ears itchy when I wear my hearing aids?
The ear canal has very delicate skin; even a hair may cause itching in the ear canal so it is not surprising that itching or irritation is a common complaint from the hearing aid user. In most cases, users become accustomed to the hearing aid in their ear and the itching sensation will pass. Issues such as poor fit, moisture in the ear or wax accumulation can also cause itchy ear canals.
What is a cochlear implant?
Cochlear implants are intended for individuals with severe to profound hearing loss usually in both ears who do not get any benefit from hearing aids. A cochlear implant is a small electronic device that is implanted into the auditory nerve that works in place of the damaged or absent nerve cells that in a normal ear make it possible to hear.
What is a bone anchored hearing aid?
A bone-anchored hearing aid (BAHA) is a type of hearing aid that transmits sound via bone conduction. It is primarily suited for people who have conductive hearing loss, single-sided deafness or people with mixed hearing losses who cannot wear a conventional hearing aid. They are more expensive than conventional hearing aids and their placement involves surgery.
Are there any parental support groups for children with hearing loss in the area?
VOICE for Hearing Impaired Children is a support group for families with children who are hearing impaired.