At Advanced Hearing Center, we believe that patients should be involved in the direction of their hearing healthcare. We never want you to feel like you're being pushed into a decision that you don't understand. Our responsibility is to educate you so that you can make informed decisions about your own health. If you ever have any questions, we are here to help. We've gathered some common questions and concerns our patients bring to our office.
Why should I get hearing aids from an audiology practice like Advanced Hearing Center?
While it's possible to order hearing aids online, they're not going to give you the results you'd get from something personalized to your needs because hearing loss is more complicated than just turning the volume up. Computer-generated hearing device programming exists, but in our experience, it is very rarely accurate. We verify our results and the programming we use to make sure that your hearing aids will actually address your specific hearing loss.
Hearing is dynamic, and your hearing aids have to constantly analyze your environment and the signals going to your microphones. That's why it's so important that your hearing aids be properly programmed by an experienced professional. We make sure that your hearing aids don't just amplify sound, they also improve the clarity of how you hear speech.
Can I wait to get hearing aids if my hearing loss is mild?
We have the technology now to make improvements even for mild hearing impairment, and it will absolutely improve your quality of life to treat it. Mild hearing loss can make it harder and more exhausting for you to process what's around you — similar to someone with mild vision impairment who squints when they aren't wearing their glasses. There's no need to feel like that. And there are huge benefits for treating your hearing loss early. Auditory deprivation over time isn't good for the auditory nerve or the brain; it lets your speech recognition skills decline. If you don't use it, as the saying goes, you lose it. So even mild hearing losses need correction so that the auditory nerve can be stimulated, avoiding more severe problems down the road.
Only old people get hearing loss, and I'm too young for that.
The prevalence of hearing loss across the general population is higher than people think. It does increase with age, like many things, but it's also related to genetics and overall health, much like vision impairment. The only reason people think it has to do with old age is because in the past we couldn't make a difference for anything but the most severe hearing losses before. Now that we can help more mild hearing loss, we're able to improve quality of life for people of all ages.
How do I know if I need balance testing?
If you've been having a dizzy spell and gone to see a physician or neurologist, they may recommend that you come be tested by an audiologist. But any time you're having a dizzy spell and it's affecting your life, come to us directly even without a referral and we will see how we can help you feel better.
Why are hearing aids so expensive?
Hearing aids are more than just aids to turn the volume up. They're mini-computers you wear 10-12 hours a day, so they have to be able to work efficiently and effectively for long periods of time. Modern hearing aids process out background noise in real-time. They're extremely powerful and can make a real difference in your quality of life. One important thing to remember is that hearing aids can last you for five years if properly cared for, so think of them as an investment in your ability to enjoy your life.
Hearing aids are ugly and awkward and will make people treat me differently.
You'd be surprised how discreet and nearly invisible today's hearing aids can be. You can have a conversation with someone and they'll never even notice that you're wearing hearing aids. What they will notice is that it's easier to talk to you because you won't need to ask them to repeat themselves. And there really shouldn't be a stigma about hearing loss; it's no worse than having a vision impairment and wearing glasses so you can get the most out of your life.