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Frequently Asked Questions
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Are hearing aids waterproof?
Hearing aids are not waterproof. However, some models are water resistant, which means they will keep out moisture from the elements for the most part. They are durable devices, so mild exposure to the elements is generally okay.
Will hearing aids hurt my ears?
Hearing aids are incredibly comfortable. Many hearing aids are made with a custom ear mold, so they will fit the unique shape of your ear. We will also have you come in for multiple follow-up appointments after you receive your hearing aids so we can ensure they are comfortable in your ears and the volume isn’t too loud.
How do I keep my hearing aids clean?
You will receive a brush to clean off any debris on the microphone covers or ports – it’s a very simple process to clean your devices. We will also professionally clean them for you, especially if you have a hard time doing it.
What is a custom-fit hearing aid?
With custom-fit hearing aids, we take an impression of your ear and we get a hearing aid custom made for the exact shape of your ear. They can be very small, fitting deep inside the ear canal, and range in sizes all the way up to the larger piece that fits outside the ear.
When do I change my hearing aid batteries?
This depends on the size of battery that you use. There are several different sizes, and the bigger ones can last longer. Other factors consist of how long your days are and how much noise you’re in, which can create a difference on the battery life. It can be anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.
Many of our hearing aid styles come in a rechargeable option. Instead of changing a battery, at night you just place your hearing aid on a charger. This is an easy and convenient option, especially if you have dexterity issues that can make changing batteries difficult.
How long does a hearing evaluation take?
Our evaluation takes only 20-30 minutes. You will then have a complete and full understanding of your hearing results.
Tips for Adjusting to Hearing Aids
When you receive your first pair of hearing aids it is important to remember that everyone adjusts differently. It’s important to be patient. Wearing hearing aids for the first time is a big and sudden change, and not everyone does well with sudden change. If you are having trouble adjusting to your hearing aids, then come back into our office. We can gradually adjust the programming on your hearing aids to be more comfortable for you.
Depending on the level of hearing loss you have, the transition to hearing comfortably can be difficult. If the amplification is too much for you to handle, we will turn it down initially, then very slowly over time increase it to let the brain adapt to hearing better again. Most people don’t lose their hearing overnight, so it can be difficult and uncomfortable getting back your hearing in one day.
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