Here are some of our most common questions.
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How do I know if I have a hearing loss?
Signs of hearing loss include:
Having to ask others to repeat themselves often.
Difficulty following conversations with background noise or in group situations.
Finding children’s and women's voices difficult to hear.
Having the TV or radio turned up louder than normal.
Will my hearing aids restore my hearing to normal, like my eyeglasses do for vision loss?
Hearing aids don't result in completely normal hearing. Even though they make sounds louder, the louder sounds are still sent to damaged hair cells in the cochlea. Fitting a hearing instrument to a sensorineural hearing loss with damaged hair cells is like fitting eye glasses on someone with damage to the retina. Fitting a conductive hearing loss, where hair cells are intact, is more like fitting glasses. While damaged hair cells cannot be replaced, hearing instruments greatly improve your ability to hear and can dramatically increase your quality of life.
Can I purchase hearing aids online, directly from Audiometrix?
Yes, you can purchase hearing instruments directly from Audiometrix. Simply follow the instructions on our home page.
Can I try out hearing aids before I commit to buying them?
No, but you can wear the hearing aids for 30 days during which the instruments can be returned for a refund. During this time, you may also request that the hearing instruments be adjusted (no charge) to provide optimal comfort and sound so you can experience the best possible performance.
Is it difficult to adjust to wearing hearing aids?
Wearing hearing aids for the first time requires that you re-learn how to hear. Today's hearing instruments are sophisticated and flexible. They can be adjusted to almost any hearing loss or hearing environment. Adjusting to hearing aids is different for everyone. For the best results, simply be patient and persistent.
Will my ears feel sore after wearing my hearing aids all day?
When you begin wearing hearing aids, you can expect to experience some slight tenderness as you adjust to them sitting behind your ears. Usually, you forget that they are there after wearing them for a couple of weeks.
Will hearing aids make my tinnitus (ringing in the ears) worse?
No. Most people with tinnitus actually experience a decrease in tinnitis while wearing their hearing aids.
How long will my batteries last?
Battery life depends on the length of time you wear your hearing aids, the type of circuit, and the size of battery you use. As a general rule, size 10 lasts 4 days, size 312 lasts 7 days, size 13 lasts 12 days and size 675 lasts 18 days.
Will my hearing aids whistle in my ears?
Most of the modern hearing aids have eliminated this problem, but feedback can be a result of your hearing instruments being inserted incorrectly or your volume being too high. If adjustments to the fitting and volume do not correct the feedback, check your ears for wax. Occasionally, that could also mean you have a crack in your tubing (if your aid uses tubing).
If I have a hearing loss in both ears, do I need to wear two hearing aids?
Hearing Healthcare Professionals usually recommend wearing two hearing aids for people who have hearing loss in both ears. This is called a binaural fitting. Two hearing instruments help to improve hearing in noise, localize sound, and improve clarity and sound quality. Studies have shown that people are more satisfied with their hearing aids when they wear one in each ear.
How will I know which style of hearing aid to purchase?
Your hearing healthcare professional will recommend a hearing instrument style based on the following factors:
your particular degree of hearing loss
special features you require
your manual dexterity
your cosmetic preferences
your listening needs
your lifestyle considerations
How long do hearing aids last?
The life of your hearing instruments depends on the style, how often you wear them, the amount of earwax produced, etc. On average, most hearing aids last five to six years before they require replacing.
Can hearing aids help me hear in background noise?
Digital hearing aids that offer directional microphones, combined with noise reduction, offer sophisticated ways of processing sound to reduce as much background noise as possible. However, noise cannot be completely eliminated by any hearing instruments.
Can hearing aids cause a "lazy ear"?
No. If you wear hearing aids, your ears will not become dependent on the instruments. When you remove the hearing instruments, your hearing loss will be the same as before you inserted them.