I don’t want my friends to know I am hard of hearing. Will others notice I am wearing hearing instruments?
Let’s face it, anybody who knows you well probably already knows you have a hearing problem. Hiding a hearing loss can be much harder to hide than a hearing instrument. The good news — we can often fit hearing aids so small they can look and feel virtually invisible.
Are hearing instruments hard to wear?
No. At one time, the only hearing instruments available were bulky and uncomfortable to wear. Today, however, you can be fit with hearing instruments that are custom-built to fit entirely within your ear canal. Many of our hearing instruments provide a sleek, sophisticated look and advanced technology. Many of the styles are virtually invisible when worn.
My hearing isn't really so bad. Why shouldn't I put off getting hearing instruments?
Untreated hearing loss can progress, sometimes rapidly, resulting in a condition known as "auditory deprivation." This condition arises when hearing loss goes untreated for an extended length of time and can result in the inability to distinguish and understand certain words.
I can hear people when they talk, but sometimes have difficulty understanding what they are saying. How are hearing and understanding related?
Hearing takes place in your brain; understanding words and sentences is a function of your brain. Your ears collect sound, transform it into nerve impulses and send them to the brain where understanding takes place. If deadening of the nerves (celia) has occurred, understanding may become difficult or sometimes impossible because parts of the sound are missing. A properly fitted hearing instrument is designed to compensate for a loss of sensitivity and can positively affect your ability to hear sound.
Frequently Asked Questions
I have difficulty hearing with both ears. Do I have to wear an instrument in each ear?
When both ears are impaired, two-ear assistance is often superior to that of a single instrument. If one of your eyes were weaker than the other, you wouldn't wear just one lens would you?
What should I do if my hearing instruments need repair, adjustment, or are accidentally misplaced?
Our policies vary, but your hearing instrument may include in-office service for repair and adjustment. You may also purchase a separate policy to protect against loss.
A doctor told me hearing instruments wouldn't help. What can I do?
Technological advances in the design of hearing instruments have given thousands of people, just like you, the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of superior amplification.
I have a friend who has a hearing instrument but doesn't use it. Why should I take the chance of doing the same thing?
Since all hearing losses and instruments are different, your friend may have been incorrectly fitted or obtained a stock instrument not suitable for their precise hearing loss and was unable to wear the instrument comfortably. Today's advanced hearing instruments, fit by our hearing professionals with great precision, can go a long way toward satisfaction with your hearing aids.
I can understand when one person is speaking in a quiet room, but will hearing instruments help me to understand in a crowd?
Much of the noise in our surroundings is low-pitched and tends to mask out the weaker, high-pitched sounds that give speech meaning. New technological advancements in hearing instruments help you to hear better in crowds, they are specifically designed to help you understand more speech in noisy situations by adjusting your hearing aids to the ideal settings for that environment.
My hearing has been getting worse. If I am fit with hearing instruments, will I have to replace them soon?
A hearing instrument is normally fitted with adjustable circuitry, which, to a degree, may be adjusted to your changing hearing loss. We offer the latest technology hearing instruments, some that will adjust automatically according to the situation that you are in. One of many reasons to come visit ABC Hearing Center!
I have been told that I have nerve deafness. Can a hearing instruments help?
Probably. Estimates are that 95% of hearing losses can be helped with amplification. Most hearing instrument users suffer from this type of loss. Medical experts generally agree that no effective medical treatment has been found for nerve deafness. If you are one of the estimated 31 million Americans who suffer from this kind of hearing loss, you should Call us today!
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