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FAQs about hearing and hearing aids

If you are interested in more information about hearing aids, please contact our office at (570) 253-9100.

9. Someone I know bought hearing aids but does not use them. - Unfortunately this happens. Everyone's hearing is different. It is easy to sell a hearing aid, but when it comes to fitting the hearing aid to someone's needs, it can be difficult. Professionals' ability to fit hearing aids vary. Try not to compare your experience with theirs

With a digital hearing aid, the components will first apply digits (numbers) to the waveform, duplicate the waveform, and then change it back to the acoustic signal (sound). There is less or no distortion and a better, cleaner sound quality. Also, one usually hears better in noise and the volume is automatic - no need to turn the hearing aid up or down.

8. What are digital hearing aids? - Hearing aids can be analog (traditional) or digital. It describes how the hearing aid processes the sounds. Sounds travel in waveforms. With an analog hearing aid, the components inside the hearing aid tries to duplicate the waveforms. Sometimes it doesn't do this exactly and one will notice distortion.

7. Why are prices so different and one company offers a coupon for XX amount of money off? - The hearing aids that we use are mostly digital hearing aids. There are five different levels of digital hearing aids with the company that I use. One can purchase a basic digital hearing aid, which is the least expensive or get the premium hearing aid which usually has the newest technology and more features, but also the most expensive. When you see a coupon in the newspaper, you have to be sure you are comparing the same level of technology even within the digital line.

6. How long do hearing aids last? - On average, a hearing aid will last about five years. If the hearing aid is older and in need of repair, the hearing aid company may not have the necessary parts to repair it. Therefore, the hearing aid is not able to be fixed and you will need to purchase a new one.

5. Will I have a trail period? - Yes. In the state of Pennsylvania you are required to have at least a 30 day trial period. Most places you will get your money back minus a fitting fee. This is usually decided upon before the purchase of the hearing aid.

4. Why does a hearing aid whistle (cause feedback)? - There are two kinds of feedback - internal and external. With internal feedback, something may be wrong with your hearing aid which will require repair. There are a few reasons why external feedback occurs. It is common to hear a whistle when you are putting the hearing aid in your ear or removing it from your ear. Also, if the hearing aid does not properly fit in you ear it will whistle. Sometimes wax will cause the hearing aid to whistle.

3. If I purchase a hearing aid, will it make the ringing (tinnitus) in my ears louder? - No, it should not. Although, while wearing the hearing aids you may not notice the ringing because you will be hearing other sounds around you. You won't be focusing on the ringing. However, once you take the hearing aids out of your ears, you may notice the ringing and it may appear louder. This is because you have not heard the ringing while wearing your hearing aids.

2. Can my hearing loss only be caused by wax? - Wax, or cerumen, may cause a temporary hearing loss but usually not to a significant amount.

  • others are complaining that you are not listening
  • you have difficulty hearing in groups
  • people mumble
  • you can no longer hear the birds sing
  • you have difficulty hearing womens and childrens voices

1. What are the symptoms of a hearing loss? - Some of the symptoms for hearing loss are, ringing in the ears (Tinnitus), discharge or bleeding from the ear, deep earache or pain, pressure feeling inside the ear, and/or dizziness. 

 
 
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