Have you scheduled a hearing test? Congrats! This is a great first step in looking after your hearing health. When you come in for the hearing test, feel free to invite a friend or family member to come with you. After all, 4 ears are better than 2 when it comes to hearing and remembering everything that we’ll talk about in the appointment. These are some questions you can ask during a hearing test.
What Kind of Hearing Loss Do I Have?
Knowing what kind of hearing loss you have helps you pick the right hearing aids. A hearing test tells us more about your hearing loss, for example if you have difficulty hearing high-pitched sounds or lower sounds. There are two main types of hearing loss, and you have one of these types of hearing loss, or a combination of both.
- Sensorineural hearing loss: This hearing loss is from damage to the cells in your inner ear or the auditory pathway to the brain. Even though sound waves travel normally to your inner ear, some of the cells can’t pick up on the sounds or send signals to the brain. This hearing loss is permanent.
- Conductive hearing loss: This hearing loss happens when sound can’t reach the inner ear. It could be due to a buildup of earwax in the ear canal, a growth in the ear canal, or damage to the middle ear. This hearing loss can sometimes be temporary, and removing the blockage restores hearing.
Do I Need Two Hearing Aids?
You probably have different levels of hearing loss in each ear. But you still need two hearing aids. Your “good” ear doesn’t have perfect hearing, and you’ll hear better if you treat the hearing loss in both your ears. Wearing two hearing aids helps you localize sounds, hear conversations, and even hear during phone or video calls.
What are My Hearing Aid Options?
After your comprehensive hearing test, we’ll talk about your hearing aid options. You’ll have several options to choose from, depending on your hearing needs, your preferences, and your lifestyle. Before your hearing test, think about the situations where you have the most trouble hearing, and make a list of the situations where you’d like to hear better. This could be conversations with loved ones, hearing in restaurants, leisure activities, or work situations.
All our hearing aids have special programs and features you’ll love, like speech enhancement, connectivity, tinnitus therapy, or rechargeable batteries. Make sure you ask about all your hearing aid options so you can make the best choice for your hearing health.
How Long Will My Hearing Aids Last?
Not all hearing aids will last the same amount of time. Just like any other electronic device, hearing aids will eventually start wearing out. The lifespan of your hearing aids also depends on how many hours per day you wear them, what programs you use, and if you clean them properly every day.
How Often Should I Get My Hearing Aids Serviced or Adjusted?
Ask us about adjusting your hearing aids. When you first get hearing aids, it might take several adjustments to get them exactly right. After wearing your hearing aids for a few days, we recommend you visit us for a follow-up fitting to make sure your hearing aids are perfectly adjusted for you.
You can also get your hearing aids serviced or adjusted anytime. If you’ve noticed any problems with your hearing aids, bring them in for servicing. And if you’ve noticed changes to your hearing abilities, we can adjust your hearing aids to perfectly match your hearing needs.
What Warranty Options Are Included?
Hearing aid manufacturers have different warranty options for their hearing aids. Before investing in hearing aids, make sure you find out exactly what’s included in your warranty package. You may want to buy additional insurance that can protect you against loss of your hearing aids.
We’re Here to Help
We provide comprehensive hearing health services, from hearing exams to hearing aid fittings to ongoing care and support on your journey to better hearing health. Contact us today to learn more about our hearing services and how hearing loss treatment can benefit you!