Common Hearing Aid Questions

Common Hearing Aid Questions

Q: How do I choose the right type of hearing aid?

A: The degree and type of hearing loss are factors in deciding what type of hearing aid
best suits a person’s need. Personal preference, lifestyle, and manual dexterity are also
considerations in determining the “right” hearing aid for you.

Q: How do hearing aids work?

A: At their most basic, hearing aids are microphones that convert sound into electrical signals.
An amplifier increases the strength of the signal, and then a receiver converts it back to sound
and channels it into the ear canal through a small tube or earmold. A battery is necessary to
power the hearing aid and to enable amplification. MicroTech’s hearing aids are sophisticated,
state-of-the-art instruments that require computer programming to adjust to your specific
lifestyle and listening environments

Q: Will I need a hearing aid for both ears?

A: Two-ear hearing (called “binaural”) is better than one. If you have hearing loss in only one
ear, you may be fine with one hearing aid. Age- and noise-related hearing loss tend to affect
both ears, but your hearing profile for each ear is probably different. If there is a loss in both
ears, you will probably benefit more with a binaural solution. Today, about two-thirds of new
users opt for dual hearing aids, and as a group they report a higher level of satisfaction than
purchasers of a single hearing aid.

Q: How do hearing aids perform with background noise?

A: Background noise is present in everyone’s life. Unconsciously, the brain is able to filter
out most background noise. When hearing loss develops, the brain becomes ineffective and
inefficient in this process because all sounds are reduced and/or distorted. When an individual
begins using the hearing aid all sounds are once again heard making it necessary to retrain
the brain in selective listening skills. Although a hearing aid’s noise reduction circuits are quite
sophisticated and effective, it remains important for the consumer to participate in follow-up and
counseling sessions during this period of adjustment with their new hearing aids.

Q: Is there an adjustment period in wearing hearing aids?

A: Yes. Most people need an adjustment period of up to four months before becoming
acclimated to — and receiving the full benefit of — wearing their hearing aids. However, you
should expect to notice demonstrable benefits during this trial period.

Q: Won’t wearing a hearing aid make me look old or weak?

A: While you are no doubt concerned about appearance, compensating for a hearing loss by
asking people to repeat themselves, inappropriately responding — or not responding at all —
to people talking, or even withdrawing from social situations is more obvious than wearing a
hearing aid.

Today’s hearing aids are small, discreet and more stylish than ever before. Some are even
invisible. And, chances are that once you have a hearing aid, your quality of life will improve so
much that cosmetics won’t be as much of an issue for you.

Q: How will a hearing aid improve the quality of my life?

A: Research on people with hearing loss and their significant others has shown that hearing
aids play a significant factor in a person’s social, emotional, psychological and physical well-
More specifically, treatment of hearing loss has been shown to improve 1:
Communication in relationships
Intimacy and warmth in family relationships
Ease in communication
Earning power
Sense of control over your life
Social participation
Perception of mental functioning
Emotional stability

When you consider all the benefits of better hearing, you can see that hearing aids hold great
potential to positively change your life.

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Q: Nerve Deafness. Can a Hearing Instrument help?

A: Probably. Estimates are that 95% of hearing losses can be helped with amplification. Most
hearing instrument users suffer from this type of loss. Medical experts generally agree that no
effective medical treatment has been found for nerve deafness. If you are one of the estimated
31 million Americans who suffer from this kind of hearing loss, you should consult a
hearing professional.

Q: I have a friend that has a hearing instrument that doesn’t use it. Why should I take the
chance of doing the same thing?

A: Since all hearing losses and instruments are different, your friend may have been incorrectly
fitted or obtained a stock instrument not suitable for their precise hearing loss and was unable to
wear the instrument comfortably. Today’s advanced hearing instruments, fit by a
hearing professional with great precision, can go a long way toward satisfaction with your
hearing aids.

Q: Are hearing aids covered under Medicare or TennCare?

A: No

Q: Are the $100 hearing aids any good?

A: These inexpensive models are simply hearing amplifiers that will make everything louder
(including all the ambient noises around you). They will not, for example, separate human
voices from background noises, or hear directional sounds like today’s more sophisticated
hearing aids are designed to do.

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