Hearing Aid FAQ

How much do you know about hearing aids? We find that many patients think they have an understanding of what to expect from hearing aids, but when we show them what modern hearing aids are really like, they're surprised. We'd like to correct any misconceptions or stereotypes about hearing aids so that you can decide whether hearing aids are right for you using accurate, up-to-date information. If you ever have any questions about hearing loss or hearing aids, don't hesitate to reach out to us. We'll be glad to help you with the answers.

Q: Doesn't hearing aids mean I'm getting older?

A: While hearing loss can be a symptom of aging, there are many different reasons why somebody might develop hearing loss. And hearing loss occurs in all ages, from children through mature adults. Think about it this way: if you have hearing loss, and it makes you withdraw from life, you're going to feel a lot older than if you get hearing aids and continue living a fulfilling, active life. Our patients with hearing aids say that they feel younger because they're able to do more and enjoy more.

Q: Aren't hearing aids huge and obvious to anyone I talk to?

A: One of the main reasons we keep demo units in the office is so you can see for yourself just how small and discreet today's hearing aids are. You can be standing right next to someone in a conversation and often they'll never even notice your hearing aids.

Q: Will hearing aids do anything about background noise?

Couple watching tv in Birmingham, AL

A: Hearing aids of the past were limited in what they could accomplish, but modern hearing aids have powerful processing technology that filters out background noise before the sound even reaches your brain. Depending on what level of technology you purchase, your hearing aids may be more or less focused on eliminating background noise — but even standard-level hearing aids are far more effective than they used to be.

Q: Will hearing aids actually make a difference?

A: Because hearing aids are more complex than reading glasses, you can't just buy them off the shelf and expect them to work. But if you purchase hearing aids from trained, skilled audiologists like the team at Birmingham Speech & Hearing Associates, we can personalize the programming of your hearing aids to help exactly where you need it. Hearing aids are extremely adjustable, so we can achieve some pretty incredible results.

Q: How long do hearing aids last?

A: The average life of a hearing aid is five years if you take proper care of them. Hearing aids can last longer with good maintenance, but five years is typically when you'll notice a difference in what new technology is available. You will probably want to upgrade in this timeframe to take advantage of new advancements that can help your hearing

Q: How do I take care of my hearing aids?

Woman taking care of hearing aids

A: We'll go over the entire process of taking care of your hearing aids during your hearing aid fitting and at follow-up appointments. Living in Birmingham, humidity is a huge concern! The good news is that hearing aids now are very moisture resistant compared to how they used to be. Just focus on your routine maintenance when you remove your hearing aids at night. Wipe them off, brush off any visible wax, open the battery door, and make sure there's no moisture inside the battery door. If you do see moisture built up, let us know and we can determine whether you need extra care to keep your hearing aids dry.

Q: How do I support my family member with hearing loss?

Family supporting each other with hearing loss

A: Be patient and have realistic expectations. Know that even with hearing aids, your loved one won't hear like they did when they were 20, so try to make it easier for them to hear you by talking to them within the same room instead of across the house. Another thing you can do to help is come with them to their appointments. Sometimes they can get frustrated because there's so much to keep track of when they first get new hearing aids. If you help remember how to take care of their hearing aids (such as changing the batteries or knowing which goes in which ear), you can support them when they go home and have to do it themselves.


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