Why are hearing aids so expensive?
There is a lot of research and development that goes into the planning and production of a hearing aid, and this is what primarily drives the cost of hearing aids.
How do hearing aids differ, given their price difference?
Hearing aids that have greater noise reduction features and other technical properties that improve the speech to noise ratio largely determine their cost. Generally speaking, the technical properties of an aid, not the aid style, determine its value.
How long do hearing aids last?
Hearing aids usually have a life span of about five years. Behind-the-ear hearing aids can last longer than custom (in-the-ear) style aids because they are not subject to as much interference from wax and moisture.
Will behind-the-ear hearing aids interfere with my glasses?
Generally speaking, no. In most cases, there is sufficient room behind the ears to accommodate both hearing aids and the arms of glasses comfortably. However, there are some clients where this does not apply, and in-the-ear style aids are therefore advised.
Will my hearing aids squeal when they are worn?
They should not squeal. This usually happens when there is a lot of wax in the ear canals. The sound bounces off the wax, escapes from the ear and creates an acoustic feedback with the hearing aid microphones. Once ears are cleared of excessive wax, squealing should disappear.
Will my ears become lazy if hearing aids are worn?
No. Hearing does not diminish as a result of wearing hearing aids. However, a person’s brain does adapt to hearing the world at a louder (and more normal) level, and when the hearing aids are removed, the world sounds softer by comparison.
Will I need one hearing aid or two?
This very much depends on the hearing loss. There are many variables that can determine whether one or two aids are appropriate: the extent of hearing loss in both ears, whether or not an ear is suitable for amplification, speech discrimination in both ears, a possible medical problem with an ear, etc. It is best to discuss this with a clinician following a hearing test and discussion of hearing needs.
How do I know hearing aids will help me? I know people who have them but don’t wear them.
Most people with an aid-able hearing loss derive benefit from wearing a hearing aid. Hearing aids are more technically advanced than they use to be, and the ability to hear in different environments with new-age hearing aids are very much better than they use to be. At Quality Hearing, we ensure a positive outcome with hearing aids, and back this up with a 30 day return policy.