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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How Can I Be Sure I Even Need a Hearing Aid? There are a few warning signs to pay attention to including:
• Turning the volume of the TV louder than others prefer
• Thinking that people are mumbling or slurring their words
• Asking people to repeat or clarify what they have said to you
• Being told by others you have selective hearing Why shouldn't I put off getting hearing instruments? It is sad to live a life less than at its fullest. Remember, hearing instruments cannot restore your hearing to normal. They may only add strength to the hearing you have left. Early help may lead to the greatest long-term benefit from the use of hearing instruments. How are hearing and understanding speech related? Understanding words and sentences is a function of your brain. Your ears collect sound, transform it into nerve impulses and send them to the brain where understanding takes place. If damage of the nerves (cilia) has occurred, understanding may become difficult or sometimes impossible because parts of the sound are missing. A properly fitted digital hearing instrument is designed to compensate for a loss of sound and may improve your ability to understand again. Will hearing instruments help me to understand speech more clearly in a crowd? Much of the noise in our surroundings is low-toned and tends to compete with weaker, high-toned sounds that give speech meaning. The latest development to solve hearing and understanding problems in a crowd is the NuEar’s Vivid Speech2 noise reduction and speech preservation management system. This advanced digital system was engineered to reduce noise between syllables, and is designed to deliver maximum comfort and the clearest speech possible even in the noisiest environments. Although noise is not eliminated, it is managed like never before. I have been told that I have nerve deafness. Do hearing aids help? Possibly. Most hearing instrument users suffer from this type of loss. Medical experts generally agree that no effective medical treatment has been found for nerve deafness. If you are one of the estimated 40 million Americans who suffer from this kind of hearing loss, you should consult a hearing professional - hearing help is available.
A doctor told me hearing instruments wouldn't help. What can I do? Breakthrough technological advances in the design of hearing instruments have given many people the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of amplification. Although some people may not be helped by hearing instruments, you should have a thorough test by a hearing care professional to baseline your hearing and discuss your options for improving your everyday hearing ability.
Hearing instruments are so small and expensive. Why do some cost more than others? Hearing losses are as different as fingerprints. With most patients, it entails the selection of a precise digital device specifically designed for that individual. Based on the patients specific needs or performance expectations, the cost may vary from the style or type selected.
I have difficulty hearing with both ears. Do I have to wear an instrument in both ears? When both ears are impaired, two-ear assistance may be superior to that of a single instrument. This will provide balanced hearing and may help preserve speech activity in both ears. Are hearing instruments hard to wear? At one time, the only hearing instruments available were bulky and uncomfortable to wear. Today, however, you may fit with hearing instruments that are custom-built to fit entirely within your ear canal. Wearing traditional, bulky devices is no longer a concern with the advancements in hearing instrument design. Award-winning designs have proven to be aesthetically appealing, as well as fashionable.
My hearing is getting worse. If I get hearing aids won’t I just have to replace them later? A hearing instrument is normally fitted with updatable prescriptions, which to a degree, may be adjusted to your changing hearing loss.
What Payment Options Do You Accept?
• All major credit cards, cash and personal checks.
• We are a trusted partner with the *Care Credit program, a medical credit card, to which you can apply for in our office, or apply online now and get pre-approved!
*Based on individual credit approval.
What Can I Expect Once I Make An Appointment?
Hearing Analysis - We will perform a visual examination of your ear canal, evaluate your current hearing abilities and determine the type of hearing loss you may have.
Lifestyle Discussion - We will ask about the types of sound environments you frequent, which will help us understand the level of technology best suited for your lifestyle.
Hearing Aid Options - We will show you the hearing aids that are best suited for your hearing loss.
Value - We will help you choose the best hearing instrument to fit your budget.
Always HEAR Hearing Center 2101 Eastland Dr., Suite F, Bloomington, IL 61704 (309) 664-6200