Hearing: Frequently Asked Questions

question-mark (1)Q:     Can wearing hearing aids cause a “lazy ear” or cause my hearing loss to worsen?

A:     No, wearing hearing aids will not make your ears dependent on the devices. When you remove the hearing aids, your hearing loss will be the same as before you inserted them. In fact, the opposite is true. The longer your hearing loss goes uncorrected, the longer your brain has to “forget” what speech sounds like. This may decrease an individual’s potential for improvement once he/she decides to move forward if that individual has put off getting hearing aids for a long time.

Q:     What if I’m not ready to wear hearing aids?

A:     Nobody wants to have a hearing loss. Yet the average person who does will wait 7 to 10 years to do anything about it. If you are not struggling to hear all the time, an assistive listening device (ALD) for a specific situation might help you. Some examples of ALD’s are Amplified Telephones, TV Listening Systems, Personal Listening Systems, Wireless Voice Amplifiers, Tour Guide Systems, Infrared System, Vibrating Alarm Clocks, Vibrating Watches, Smoke Alarm Packages. An ALD can be very beneficial for people with hearing aids as well to help in situations where a hearing aid is not enough. Some examples are FM systems, TV listening system, Telephone adaptors and more.

Q:     Can you test my Child’s hearing?

A:     Yes, we test children at the age of 6 years. The hearing test consists of a full audiogram test, middle ear test and a speech test. We also assess your child for auditory processing if needed.

Q:     How long is the warranty?

A:     Most hearing aids come with a 3-year manufacturer warranty.

Q:     Can I trial before I buy?

A:     Yes you can try any hearing aid for a 30 day period.

Q:     Do I need to have a hearing test?

A:     Yes, we need the information from the test to program your hearing aid or to come up with a management plan. A hearing test will tell us what your “prescription” will look like.

Q:     Does Medicare cover anything?

A:     Unfortunately not, but some private health funds offer coverage options, and if you have a government concession card/pension you may be eligible for the Hearing Services Program subsidies.

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