FAQ and Education

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At Quednau Hearing, education is one of our priorities. We believe every patient should feel comfortable with their hearing aids and with their understanding of hearing and hearing loss. We spend a lot of time explaining what you can expect and how to use your hearing aids. Our goal is for you to feel empowered to make educated decisions about your own hearing.

Below, we've gathered answers to some questions we often hear from patients. If you don't see your question answered below, or you want more information, we are always happy to help.

Q: Won't hearing aids make me look old?

A: Most people probably won't even notice that you're wearing hearing aids. They're a lot subtler than you might think. And even if someone does realize you're wearing hearing aids, that doesn't mean anything about how old you are. Hearing loss can happen to anyone, at any age. Our hearing instrument specialist herself had to get a hearing aid in her 30’s! Your hearing aid will allow you to understand more and take part in conversations around you, causing you to seem (and feel) younger!

Q: Can I wait to get hearing aids?

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A: Our question in response is: Why would you want to? If hearing loss is affecting your quality of life — and that's true for most people who come see us — then there's no reason why you can't start having a better experience tomorrow. If you're pulling away from the people around you and avoiding social situations because you can't hear or understand as well, hearing aids are a solution to give you that back.

But there's another, arguably more important reason why you should be careful about waiting too long to get hearing aids. Think of your brain like a muscle. If you don't use some part of it for long enough, those parts will start to atrophy. Your brain is part of your hearing, and when your brain doesn't get the signal for certain sounds because you don't hear them anymore, your brain will eventually stop being able to comprehend those sounds. If this happens, then even if you get hearing aids later, your brain may not be able to understand what you hear. Recent studies also show a link between hearing loss and cognitive decline overall. So it's best to treat hearing loss as soon as you can to have the best long-term results.

Q: Do I only have to wear hearing aids when I'm in a noisy environment?

A: It's important to wear hearing aids all the time, even if you're just home alone reading a book. You're not just treating your ears, you're also acclimating your brain to understanding the sounds around you. That's why you should try to wear your hearing aids at least eight hours a day, even when you're just getting used to them. This will help you get the most benefit from your hearing aids.

Q: Why should I buy hearing aids from a professional if I can get them cheaper online?

A: Sometimes, you get what you pay for. Hearing aids aren't like reading glasses. They're not simple devices that turn the volume up. Instead, they're complicated computers that filter sound and address your specific, individual hearing loss. To really help you, your hearing aids need to be custom fit to you by someone experienced and knowledgeable.

Q: How do I know if I have hearing loss?

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A: Hearing loss is invisible, so you have to stay on top of it the same way you get a regular vision test or go to your doctor for a regular physical. That will help you catch hearing loss before it goes untreated for too long (leading to a harder rehabilitation period). However, if you notice any of these symptoms, it's probably a sign that you should get your hearing tested:

  • Asking people to repeat themselves
  • Turning the volume up higher on the TV
  • Avoiding social gatherings where people will be talking
  • Missing parts of a joke and laughing with everyone else to hide it
  • Feeling isolated from friends and family
  • Getting frustrated when other people seem to be mumbling

Q: Will my hearing aids make me hear just like I used to?

A: Hearing aids aren't a perfect cure for hearing loss. They can't give you back your old hearing, especially if you've waited a long time to get your hearing loss treated. But they can make a huge difference in your enjoyment of life and make it much easier to hear and understand the people you love. We'll talk to you about what you can expect from your hearing aids and how much benefit you'll get from them. We do strongly encourage you to consider getting hearing aids sooner rather than later so you can wind up having a better experience with them.

Q: Will I walk out the door hearing perfectly with new hearing aids?

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A: Usually, there's an adjustment period. If you've never worn hearing aids before, we'll start you off at about 75% of your full prescription so your ears and your brain can adapt. You'll be hearing sounds you haven't heard in a long time, and you might start feeling a little overwhelmed or overstimulated if we gave you your full prescription all at once. The first day with new hearing aids might seem hard, but if you keep wearing your hearing aids every day, you'll keep noticing improvement and soon you'll be ready for us to turn your prescription up. Generally within the first three weeks your brain will acclimate and you'll be ready to hear everything in the world around you!

Q: What if I still have trouble understanding people in noise, even if I have hearing aids?

A: Sometimes your hearing loss has progressed to a point where you're still going to struggle to hear an individual speaker if you're in a room with a lot of background noise. In this case, hearing aids alone might not be enough. Fortunately, there are additional devices out there like remote microphones that send a signal directly to your hearing aids. Just use the remote mic to give you a little extra oomph from the individual speaker.

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