Frequently Asked Questions
1. Do I have hearing loss?
If you question whether you have hearing loss, you should see an audiologist. Patients with hearing loss usually are referred to Dalzells Hearing Centers by their doctors, family members, and friends. The audiologist will examine your ears and perform a hearing evaluation in a sound booth to determine whether you have hearing loss, and if so, what degree and type. If the audiologist determines that you have signs of a medical problem, you will be referred to your personal physician prior to obtaining hearing aids. Most insurances cover hearing evaluations.
2. Can my hearing be improved with hearing aids?
Nearly everyone with hearing loss can be helped with new-technology hearing aids, but features and quality vary greatly among hearing aids. To achieve good benefit, hearing aids must be selected and programmed appropriately for your hearing loss and lifestyle. Therefore, the expertise of your audiologist is very important.
Many patients with hearing loss come to Dalzells Hearing Center for second opinions, because they are not hearing well with hearing aids they obtained elsewhere. Sometimes, their hearing aids are found to be poor quality or malfunctioning. However, typically we find that their hearing aids have been selected and/or programmed inappropriately for their hearing loss and lifestyle.
3. What degree and certification should my audiologist have?
Your audiologist should have a doctorate in Audiology and professional board certification by The American Board of Audiology.
4. What type of hearing aid is best for me?
Your audiologist will discuss with you various styles and features of hearing aids. You are encouraged to bring a family member or friend to your appointment.
5. Should I obtain digital or analog hearing aids?
Nearly all hearing aids fit today are digital. Digital signal processing has improved hearing aids greatly. Significant improvements in hearing aid technology occur every couple years.
6. How much do hearing aids cost?
A hearing aid costs approximately $ 700 to $ 3500. There are many styles, technologies, and features available in hearing aids. The cost of a hearing aid depends on your hearing loss, listening needs, and choices. Hearing aids are purchased on a trial basis and may be returned within 45 days of purchase. Fees for ear molds and a hearing aid evaluation are nonrefundable.
7. Do I need one or two hearing aids?
If you have hearing loss in both ears, it is usually best to use two hearing aids. Two hearing aids allow you to hear from both sides and improve speech clarity.
8. What is the life of a hearing aid?
The average life of a hearing aid is 5 years. Hearing aid manufacturers usually have parts to repair hearing aids for at least five years. If you are pleased with your older hearing aid, and if is still appropriate for your hearing loss, it may be able to be repaired.
9. Do hearing aids help in background noise?
Yes. Hearing aids with multiple (directional) microphones reduce background noise in most environments. Some hearing aids have automatic adaptive directional microphones which reduce noise from various directions. This feature is important for someone who wishes to understand speech in background noise.