Frequently Asked Questions Can a hearing aid help with nerve deafness?
Most likely, yes. This is a very common type of hearing loss, and most hearing aid users have this type of loss. In fact, there are very few types of hearing loss that cannot be helped with hearing amplification.
My hearing isn't that bad, but people keep telling me that I shouldn't put off treatment. What do you think?
There is a condition known as "Auditory Deprivation" which untreated hearing loss can degredate into. This auditory deprivation describes the condition when untreated hearing loss results in an inability to distinguish words and sounds - a muffled form of hearing.
I am concerned that my hearing aid won't help me, or may even hinder my hearing, in a crowd or noisy room.
There is new technology now in hearing instruments called Low Frequency Reduction Switch (LFRS). This system reduces background noise frequencies, masking it considerably.
If I have hearing loss in both ears, do I need two hearing aids or just one?
Although you can go with just one, hearing is more significantly improved with the use of two. Much like wearing contact lenses in both eyes instead of just one!
Will I have to replace my hearing aids over time, as my hearing degresses?
New technology allows you to adjust the effectiveness of your existing hearing aid over time, so that replacing it may not be necessary. Also, some new aids have software technology which can be updated over time so that you never need to replace the instrument itself.
Are there varying degrees and/or types of hearing loss? Yes. Please view the video below for some descriptions.
Are hearing aids uncomfortable?
No. Particularly in this day and age where the aid itself can be fit to your ear canal and ear, for a perfect, comfortable fit.
I am shy about my hearing loss, do others need to know I am using a hearing aid?
Absolutely not, as many models are virtually invisible. In fact, a hearing aid is much easier to hid than the problem of hearing loss itself!
Here are some additional informational resources that you may find useful: