A painless and non-invasive, hearing evaluation will likely be performed. This includes an otoscopic examination of the outer ear, ear canal, and eardrum area. Your evaluation results will be discussed with you, including medical and hearing aid recommendations. If you wish to pursue a hearing aid trial, a customized plan will be determined for the both the fitting and the follow up appointments.
Will hearing aids cure my hearing loss?
No, hearing aids will not cure your hearing loss. If your hearing loss is a type that may be helped with medical intervention, recommendations will be made to you for proper physician follow up. If your hearing loss is not medically correctable, hearing aids may be an option to make your life more enjoyable through better hearing.
How much do hearing aids cost?
Hearing aids vary in price, often dependent on technology levels. For a price quotation and other recommendations, we encourage you to make an appointment consultation.
What are the different types of hearing loss?
Between “hearing well” and “hearing nothing” lies a wide range of hearing loss. Only an expert can distinguish between mild, moderate, severe, and profound hearing loss.
Most cases of hearing loss are categorized as mild or moderate.
Mild hearing loss: Soft noises are often not heard. Understanding speech is difficult in a loud environment.
Moderate hearing loss: Soft and moderately loud noises are often not heard. Understanding speech becomes very difficult if background noise is present.
Severe hearing loss: Conversations have to be conducted loudly. Group conversations are possible only with a lot of effort.
Profound hearing loss: Some very loud noises are heard. Without a hearing aid, communication is no longer possible even with intense effort.
What does Hearing Loss sound like?
I can hear, but I don’t understand properly! Hearing loss often affects our ability to understand speech. In particular, the consonants /P/, /K/, /F/, /H/ or all /T/, /Sh/ and /S/ sounds are no longer heard.
Tips for getting used to the hearing aids
The first encounter with your hearing aid
Your first experiences are essential for the successful adjustment of your hearing aid. We have put together a few tips for you, so you will be able to fully enjoy your hearing aid.
In addition, do your best to follow the instructions you received with your hearing aid. If any problems persist or if you questions, simply contact your hearing care professional.
Adjusting the volume to the situation
Modern hearing aids automatically select the appropriate volume when they are switched on. No other adjustments are necessary. If you choose to adjust the volume manually, do not make it to loud as it rarely helps with understanding. Please do not try to understand someone speaking softly at a great distance. Even a healthy ear cannot do that.
The hearing aid – a part of your life
Just like eyeglasses or contact lenses, a hearing aid can feel strange at first. After a brief period of adjustment, this will change. Give yourself a little time to get used to it. However, if you experience any problems or pain, please contact your hearing care professional.
Practical care tips for your hearing aid
It is important to treat your hearing aid with care. You will keep it in working order for many years and minimize potential problems during everyday use. Hearing aids may seem sturdy, but they cannot withstand improper use. Here are a few valuable care tips to keep your hearing aid working properly.
Protect your hearing aids from dirt
Always make sure that your fingers are clean and dry before touching your hearing aid. The microphone input is very small and can become blocked from hand dirt and moisture.
Protect your hearing aids from moisture
Remove your hearing aids before showering bathing or swimming. Due to the high humidity, you should not leave the devices in your bathroom. Clean your ears occasionally before inserting the hearing aids.
Note that moisture and condensation may damage the electronics in your hearing aids
We recommend removing the battery from the device at night, leaving the battery compartment open. Use a special drying aid available from your hearing care professional.
Avoid contact with hairspray or make-up
The fine particles of hairspray or powder make-up may clog the microphone input and volume control switch. Remove your hearing aids before using body care products.
Leave all repairs to an expert
Screwdrivers and oil are the enemies of all hearing aids. If either come in contact with the electronic or micro-mechanical systems, it leads to irreparable damage. The delicate technology is very sensitive and can be destroyed though improper handling.