Frequently Asked Questions About Hearing Aids

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In the two decades that we have been distributing hearing aids, we have seen major changes in the field. Technological advancements have made a world of difference for our patients, who have an easier time than ever adjusting to their hearing aids and hearing the sounds they love in the world around them. But we tend to encounter the same concerns, questions, and misconceptions among our patients who are considering hearing aids or learning more about hearing loss.

Q. How will I know if I need a hearing aid?

A. It can sometimes be hard to admit to yourself that you might be losing your hearing, but there are certain signs you'll probably notice if you look. Ask yourself:

If you find yourself answering yes to any of these questions, you may benefit from a hearing test.

Q. What can I do if someone I love seems to have a hearing loss but refuses to get it treated?

A. The worst thing you can do is be forceful and tell them they need to get hearing aids. Instead, try to bring awareness to them. Ask if they've noticed that the TV has been louder lately, or point out that when you've tried talking with them recently, they seem to have trouble hearing you. Gently draw their attention to some of their challenges. Once they recognize that there is a problem, that's when you call us and make an appointment to bring them in.

Tell them we won't force them to do anything — don't talk about getting hearing aids. Just let them know that we can complete an assessment to understand their hearing loss, and then we can talk to them about what their options are. Leave it to us to help determine if they're ready or not. Sometimes we have to lay the groundwork early and then six months later they'll be ready. Be patient, be gentle, and be kind.

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Q. What if I'm having a hard time adjusting to wearing hearing aids?

A. The most important thing is to stick with it. Don't expect to acclimate completely in the first day — your hearing loss developed over a period of time, and it will take some time for you to get used to hearing better again. Try to focus on the benefits. Maybe you're finding that the refrigerator hum or floor creaking is annoying, but these are normal things your brain needs to learn to hear again. All this means that your hearing is better, and you will get used to it. If it really is a struggle, make sure you communicate with your audiologist. Don't suffer in silence or just accept that this is how thing are, but also don't give up on it. Go to your follow-up appointment and work with your audiologist to find a solution that's comfortable for you.

Q. Will a hearing aid return my hearing to normal?

A. Hearing aids won't return your hearing to the way it was before your hearing loss, but they can still make a profound difference in your ability to hear the world around you. Don't expect a miracle, but do expect improvement. One of our favorite moments on the job is seeing the look on a patient's face the first time they experience the effect of hearing aids and realize how much they've been missing and how much they can now get back again.

Hearing Aid Myths & Facts

MYTH: Everyone will notice that I'm wearing hearing aids.

TRUTH: Even though this is the most common stigma we come across with our patients, it's simply not true. No one is looking inside your ears; even though you may feel self-conscious, other people are probably not looking that closely at you. And even if they do notice, they're not going to judge you for it. If anything, they'll be glad they can have an easy and comfortable conversation because you can hear them clearly. We joke that someone would have to almost have their nose in your hair to notice you're wearing aid.

MYTH: Wearing hearing aids means I'm getting old.

TRUTH: Hearing loss occurs at all ages, so having hearing loss says nothing about how old you are. Treating hearing loss is one of the best ways to stay young because you'll be comfortable communicating with other people and staying active doing the things you love. It's not the hearing aids that can make you look old, it's saying "what?" all the time. If hearing aids will help you, go ahead and get them and get on with your life.

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Hearing aids are big and clunky and whistle all the time.

TRUTH: People are sometimes nervous because an older family member had trouble with hearing aids in the past, but what's available on the market today is not your mother's hearing aid. Get rid of your preconceived notions of what a hearing aid is like and take a look at what we've got now. Today's devices are physically more comfortable, offer a better sound quality, and are cosmetically more appealing. The difference between the myth of a terrible hearing aid and the modern reality is just night and day.

Hearing aid batteries are a challenge to change.

TRUTH: Modern hearing aids are much easier than ever before to maintain. They'll let you know if your battery is running low, and actually physically changing the battery is much simpler than you might expect. We'll show you how to change the battery and we will keep practicing it in our office until you're completely comfortable. If you have challenges with your dexterity, there are also rechargeable hearing aids available.

You might notice that these answers all have to do with outdated perceptions of what hearing aids are like. To be honest, the entire stigma of wearing hearing aids is a thing of the past. We've noticed a trend that the people who see us for hearing aids are younger and younger because they recognize what treating their hearing loss earlier can do for them in terms of keeping them active and connected. Rather than worrying about what hearing aids used to be like or what other people might think about them, we suggest putting all that aside and giving yourself a chance to see what a difference hearing aids can make for you.

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Cedarhurst, NY 11516


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Cedarhurst, NY 11516

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