Clinical Audiologist, Dr. Olivia Mitchell of Advanced Specialty Care, answers 10 of the most commonly asked questions about hearing aids. Read more to get answers about adjusting to new hearing aids, life expectancy of hearing aids, the differences between mail order aids and medical care and more!
1. When will I know it’s time to pursue hearing aids?
Anyone over the age of 50 should receive a comprehensive hearing evaluation. If you find yourself asking people to repeat themselves or have trouble following conversations, you should contact your audiologist for an audiologic evaluation.
2. How long does it take to get used to hearing aids?
Like anything, hearing aids require an adjustment period. To put it simply, hearing aids are providing stimulation and information to your brain that your brain has not received for a long time. Give your brain time to get used to them and remember, everyone’s brains are different therefore adjustment periods vary.
3. Are my hearing aids covered by insurance?
Most hearing aids are an out of pocket expense. Contact your insurance to see if you have any benefit or reimbursement program.
4. Do I really need two hearing aids?
If you have hearing loss in both ears the answer is YES! Research shows if someone with hearing loss in both ears only wears one hearing aid, their unaided ear is at great risk for increased and sometimes rapid auditory deprivation.
5. Will hearing aids help or worsen the ringing in my ears?
Research shows that aiding a hearing loss with hearing aids can actually reduce tinnitus symptoms. Modern hearing aids also come with Tinnitus Masking settings that provide the user with a more pleasant sound than the tinnitus they experience.
6. Is hearing loss related to other health problems?
Yes! Hearing loss can be connected to cognitive decline, depression, anxiety, social withdrawal, falling and more.
7. How often should I follow up with my Audiologist?
After receiving your first pair of hearing aids, we like to see you back at least a couple times within your trial period to ensure you are happy with your devices, make any tuning and programming changes and to help counsel you as you adjust to your hearing aids. After that we recommended you be seen every 6 months for a hearing aid check. We will also evaluate your hearing every 1-2 years based on your treatment program.
8. How long will my hearing aids last?
Hearing aids typically last about 5-6 years. We say this because of the tremendous advancements in technology. Hearing aids can last longer as long as they are properly taken care of and still appropriate for your lifestyle needs.
9. What if my hearing gets worse?
If your hearing declines, we are able to make adjustments to the hearing aids based on your updated hearing evaluation.
10. Why should I receive my hearing healthcare at a medical practice instead of mail order or Costco?
At Advanced Specialty Care, and many other medical practices, you are guaranteed to see an audiologist. An audiologist has either a master’s degree or doctorate degree in Audiology which means every decision about your hearing care is based on smart, professional judgment. You are not guaranteed the same quality care at Costco and will likely not see a hearing professional through mail order hearing aids.
At Advanced Specialty Care, our Clinical Audiologists do more than ensure you hear well – we focus on your total hearing health. Our affiliation with Advanced Ear, Nose & Throat Care ensures a comprehensive approach to healthy hearing. We offer state-of-the-art instrument technology and qualified professionals.