Frequently Asked Questions
How do we hear?
The sense of hearing is a highly intricate and complex system within the human body. The following video will provide a visual demonstration of the hearing process.
Are all hearing aids the same?
No. Hearing aids vary in design and functionality. They are specifically tailored to suit different listening environments, as what may be effective for one individual might not be suitable for another. Additionally, there are various styles of hearing aids to choose from:
- In-the-Ear (ITE)
- In-the-Canal (ITC)
- Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC)
- Receiver in the Canal (RIC)
- Behind the Ear (BTE)
How much do hearing aids cost?
Similar to other technological devices, the cost of hearing aids varies based on individual requirements. Northwest Speech and Hearing Center provides a range of hearing aids that cater to different budgets, needs, and lifestyles. We also offer various service plans to accommodate your specific preferences and financial considerations. To explore your options, it is essential to consult with our doctors.
Do I need two hearing aids?
In the majority of cases, it is recommended to have two hearing aids. Our brain relies on information from both ears to enhance speech understanding. Wearing two hearing aids facilitates better comprehension of speech, reduces the effort required to hear in noisy environments, and improves sound localization. Our audiologists will assess your hearing loss and provide personalized recommendations based on your specific needs.
Are there other strategies I can use to improve my listening in challenging situations?
Yes. While hearing aids are designed to enhance your hearing, they may not completely restore it. In addition to wearing hearing aids, there are various communication strategies that can significantly improve your ability to understand and engage in conversations. By implementing these tips, you and your loved ones can communicate more effectively.
Does it take time to adjust to hearing aids?
Yes. It is common for individuals to require an adjustment period of up to two months before fully adapting to and experiencing the maximum benefits of wearing their hearing aids. Remember, Northwest Speech and Hearing Center is here to support you throughout this process. Feel free to reach out to discuss any concerns you may have.
It’s also important to: A. Set realistic expectations. Keep in mind that your hearing loss has occurred gradually, resulting in the loss of specific sounds within the speech spectrum and environmental noises such as traffic, wind, machinery, and background sounds.
B. Practice is key. As you start using hearing aids, these sounds will be reintroduced, but your brain will need time to practice and readjust in order to selectively focus on and filter sounds. Initially, some sounds may even startle you. Rest assured, with time, your brain will adapt to these sounds once again.
C. Patience is important. Adapting to hearing aids is a gradual process. Wear them as much as possible, even during quiet activities, to facilitate adjustment and acclimatization.