Three Common Questions About Hearing Aids, Answered

From Generations Magazine Seventh Issue

When it comes to the topic of hearing aids, it’s normal to have a lot of questions! They are complex little pieces of technology that have evolved tremendously over the years.

Q: Are hearing aids difficult to maintain?

A: The most difficult part about maintaining your hearing aids is making sure you keep them clean and have fresh batteries in them. It is best to make sure they stay in their case whenever you take them out of your ears. The other aspects of maintenance are easy to handle.  A cleaning and drying kit will help you extend the life of your hearing aids and maintain their function. Opening the battery door when you take your devices out at night will help their batteries last longer.

Q: Do I really need two hearing aids?

A: Most of the time, the answer to this question is yes. One needs to keep both ears and both sides of your brain stimulated. Having two hearing aids helps your brain decipher between different types of noise in busy environments. This is essential to removing distracting background noise and understanding speech.

Q: Should I purchase hearing aids online?

A: No. If you are looking to purchase hearing aids, the best thing you can do is visit an Audiologist or Doctor of Audiology.  Often times, the devices you see online are distributed without authorizations from the manufacturer and may be void of warranty. In addition to that, an online transaction will not provide you will the high-quality and personalized medical care you deserve.

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