No one likes to hear that they need hearing aids. As a hearing care professional, it falls on you to demonstrate how these devices can improve each patient’s quality of life. We have put together a patient-facing fact sheet to help guide you through that conversation. It also makes a great printout to give patients to take home.
- What are hearing aids?
A hearing aid is a small electronic device you wear in or behind your ear. It will amplify sound, making it easier to pick up specific noises, including voices. The latest devices are very sophisticated. They can now distinguish between different types of sound, rather than amplifying all sound equally. This means you will hear more of the sounds you want and less background noise.
- Why do I need a hearing aid?
Our testing has determined you will benefit from its use. Fewer than 20% of people who need hearing aids actually wear them. But an estimated 17% of adults have some form of hearing loss. And nearly half of all adults over age 75 experience some loss. Getting a hearing aid early can actually help prevent or slow further loss over time. It will allow you to retain more natural hearing that you would on your own.
- Will everyone know?
It is true hearing aids of the past were bulky and rather noticeable. However, the technology has vastly improved. Modern devices are much smaller than older devices. In fact, they are often nearly or completely invisible.
- Can it get wet?
Some hearing aids can get wet. If you have an active lifestyle, we can explore devices that are designed to be sweat-, dust- and humidity-resistant. Some are even fully waterproof.
- Does it require batteries?
Older hearing aid models required small batteries. They had to be changed frequently and could be difficult to install. Battery technology has improved, and many of today’s models are rechargeable. You simply place them in the charger overnight, and they will last all day.
- Can I use it to watch TV?
A hearing aid should allow you to watch TV more comfortably and at a lower volume. Many modern devices feature wireless Bluetooth connectivity. That means they can communicate directly with most smartphones and tablets. Some TVs and computers also are Bluetooth-enabled. This allows you to listen to these devices and adjust your volume independently of anyone else who may be listening with you.
- Will I need one for both ears?
If you have hearing loss in both ears, we suggest purchasing a hearing aid for both ears. Amplification in only one ear may make it difficult to distinguish where sounds are coming from.
- What will happen at my fitting?
We will proceed to the fitting once we find and order the right model for you. Your device will be custom-tailored to ensure the right fit. We will then will run tests for word understanding in both quiet and noisy environments. We will also measure your level of improvement. Expect to return to our office for several fittings and adjustments. We want to deliver the best possible experience.
- How expensive are hearing aids?
The cost of hearing aids varies. More features typically come with a higher price tag. There is no getting around that. But we can narrow down your “must-have” features to ensure you get the device you need.
Your health insurance provider should help cover the cost of hearing aids. Unfortunately, some plans and circumstances don’t allow patients to get the devices or features they need. That is where our partnership with CareCredit comes in. Financing the cost of your devices and office visits allows you to set up an affordable payment plan. We don’t want you to have to choose between getting the hearing aid you need and paying other bills.