FAQ

Where should I store my hearing aid batteries?

Keep your batteries stored in their original packaging at room temperature. Also, remember to keep the batteries away from pets and children.

How long do hearing aid batteries usually last?

A hearing aid battery will last 3 to 22 days. The length will vary based on a number of factors, including the type of hearing aid, battery type and capacity and frequency of use.

Is it difficult to replace the batteries in my hearing aids?

The battery replacement process is simple if you follow directions properly. First, open the compartment door and remove the old battery. Place the new battery into the hearing aid, and then remove the color-coded sticky tab. It’s important to wait to remove the tab until just prior to use, because removal will activate the hearing aid batteries. Wait a moment before closing the battery door. This allows oxygen to permeate the battery.

Which type of battery is used in a hearing aid?

Zinc-air batteries are the most common type of hearing aid batteries. They are powered by oxygen instead of mercury, and are not rechargeable. The batteries come in five sizes and are color-and-number-coded to simplify replacement.

Will hearing aids make me look old?

Technology has come leaps and bounds since your parents’ hearing aids and 1 in 10 Americans experience some degree of hearing loss. Most of today’s devices are designed to be as invisible as possible and many connect to your smartphone so you can take phone calls without having to remove your hearing aid.

How long does it take to adjust to new hearing instruments?

Similar to if you were to obtain a new pair of prescription glasses, it may take some time for your ears to adjust to your new hearing abilities. You should notice results within minutes, but it may take several months to completely realize the benefits of your new hearing instruments. Hearing tends to deteriorate gradually over time, so when sounds are reintroduced to the brain in a 30-minute fitting session, it can be overwhelming. The brain may have to relearn the classification of some sounds. Even though it may take several months to completely adjust to hearing through hearing aids, you should notice benefits in a very short time.

What questions should I ask when buying a hearing aid?

If you are diagnosed with a hearing loss, our provider will determine the best course of treatment. If hearing devices are a solution for your loss, your provider will take a number of factors into account to choose the right hearing aid to suit you. Important factors include:

  • Technology featureslike the ability to connect to your smartphone. If you live a highly tech-connected life, new technology might be the easiest choice to incorporate into your lifestyle.
  • Your budget. But don’t sacrifice substance for savings. Though pricing for hearing aids at big chain stores is generally less than a doctor’s office, they have a limited selection, may stock hearing aids that are a few years behind in technology, and don’t offer the same broad scope of service and support found in the office of a hearing health professional.
  • Lifestyle needs. Whether you enjoy swimming, jogging or hiking, you should be able to depend on your hearing aids. Today’s hearing aids have a lot of features you may want and some you don’t. Before you buy, make a list of “must-have” features for your hearing aids.

What is the "best" hearing instrument on the market?

There is not one "best" hearing instrument on the market. A hearing instrument that works well for one individual may not produce the same results for someone else because everyone has different listening needs. Each major manufacturer makes a product that is highly comparable to other manufacturer's products. The "best" hearing instrument for you is one that your hearing professional believes can best meet your needs and offers you a good warranty and service.

Are cheap hearing aids worth trying?

When you find yourself mulling over the “cost” of hearing aids and searching for “cheap” devices, consider the investment you are willing to make in improving your life and the lives of those around you.

Research has shown that treating hearing loss with hearing aids has a direct positive impact on quality of life. When compared to the rate of inflation, the cost of hearing aids has decreased over time. Averaged over the lifetime of the instruments (3–5 years or more), the cost per day of a pair of advanced digital hearing aids is about $3.

Will wearing a hearing aid restore my hearing to normal?

NO, it will not. Hearing aids are exactly as the name implies‚ aids. They will not restore your hearing to normal, but they will make most sounds available to you at your hearing level. Research shows that a large majority of treatable hearing loss can be helped with hearing aids. Most people find significant benefit and enhancements to quality of life after purchasing hearing aids.

Could I have a hearing issue and not realize it?

Yes. Because of the gradual nature of hearing loss, many individuals affected by it do not realize the severity of their situation. If you suspect you have a hearing problem, it’s best to get a hearing screening before your condition worsens. You could even currently have hearing aids and your hearing can still change. That’s why we stress that everyone gets an annual hearing exam.