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Understanding hearing loss and hearing aids
“I’m sorry, can you repeat that?”
“Stop mumbling and talk to me face to face.”
“Turn up the TV, I can’t hear what they’re saying.”
Do these quotes sound familiar? If you have hearing loss or know someone who does, they probably do. Having hearing loss can be an extremely frustrating experience, not only for the patient, but also for the family and friends. It’s time to stop struggling to hear and start enjoying life again!
Hearing loss isn’t black and white; it’s a whole lotta grey.
Most individuals with hearing loss complain about lack of clarity. They persist that they can hear fine, they just can’t understand. This is because most cases of hearing loss affect the clarity in speech more than the overall loudness of sound. When an individual has good hearing in the lower frequencies of the speech spectrum and not-so-good hearing in the mid and high frequencies, they will hear the loudness of sound fine, but struggle with the consonants in words as well as women and children’s voices. This is usually called a high frequency ski slope hearing loss - which is a very common form of hearing loss and causes a lot of confusion, especially in group situations.
The good news:
Since high frequency hearing loss is one of the most common forms of hearing loss there are a lot of hearing aids and hearing related products that can make a tremendous improvement in your life! Call or email us to find out more.
The next step:
If you think you might have this type of hearing loss or any type of hearing loss, give us a call or click here to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced network providers. It's time to find out exactly what’s causing your difficulties. Remember, just because you have a hearing loss, doesn’t mean you can’t hear, it just means that you don’t hear certain sounds at normal levels.
Give us a call we’re here to help!
Q: All the information on the Internet is over whelming, where do I start?
A: Starting is always the biggest and hardest step to better hearing. We at HearingAidsDirect.com feel that a quick phone call to our toll free number, (877) 828-4327, is the best place to start. One of our licensed hearing aid dispensers can answer any questions you might have and help guide you through the sea of information in order to help solve your hearing problems. Don't worry, we'll do our best to make this process easy and enjoyable!
Q: Why do hearing aids cost so much?
A: The answer is simple: technology + tiny size + great patient care = $$$. Hearing aids are a mixture of amazing technology and a hearing health providers attention to detail. With both, you’ll be hearing much better and enjoying life more fully!
Q: Why can't I buy the hearing aids directly from your website?
A: HearingAidsDirect.com as well as its vendors know that in order to fit a hearing aid correctly to the individual wearing it, you can't cut any corners. Buying a hearing aid online that is not fit specifically to your hearing loss, or your lifestyle, would be a waste of your money. The only way to fit a hearing aid correctly is to sit down with a licensed hearing aid dispenser, in a face to face environment and have them work with you one on one.
Q: What type of warranty do your hearing aids have?
A: All of our hearing aids come with factory warranties. Most warranties are going to range from 1 year to 3 years. This typically includes a loss and damage insurance coverage as well. Usually the warranty length depends on the model; the more expensive the model, the longer the warranty. HearingAidsDirect.com also sells extended warranties if you want extra peace of mind.
Q: Do I need two hearing aids or can I just use one?
A: If you have a hearing loss in two ears, you need help times two. If you have loss in one ear or one ear is un-aid-able, then you use one. If you have a loss in both ears and think you can get away with only wearing one hearing aid to get similar results, you are wrong. There will be a significant benefit with wearing two hearing aids versus when both ears have loss - especially with clarity of speech.
Q: Do I sleep with them in?
A: Most hearing aids can be worn during sleep, but often you will take them out for the night.
Q: Can I swim or bathe with them in?
A: There are a few hearing aids you can get wet, but even with those we recommend taking them out when excessive moisture or water exposure is inevitable, as a precaution.
Q: How long do they last?
A: All of our hearing aids are fully digital and can be reprogrammed for a new loss anytime. This keeps them in proper alignment and performing as they should with accordance to your hearing loss needs. However the physical electronics usually last up to ten years, with proper care.
What to look for in a hearing aid?
Hearing Aids are… Special.
When researching and shopping for a hearing aid the first thing to keep in mind Is that hearing aids are not like other products. Even though they all have features and benefits, advantages and disadvantages, each hearing aid will interact with individuals completely unique. Therefore, the features and style are not directly comparable, like two TV sets or two computers might be.
Ask your hearing health care professional if the hearing aid you are trying is best suited for your lifestyle (i.e. active, inactive, lots of sports, work full time, full time RV'er, retired, etc.). They will guide you to the proper fit hearing aid within your budget.
"I always say that beautiful sound and excellent clarity are in the ears of the beholder."
- Justin Stack, Account Support for Hearing Aids Direct
That quote means that the reality of hearing aids is that it’s not always a matter of spending more $ to get better results, it's about finding the right hearing aid for your lifestyle. And sometimes the only way to do that is to try them!
HearingAidsDirect.com providers are all professionals in adjusting hearing aids not only to an individual's hearing loss, but to their lifestyle as well. We offer a fully refundable, risk free trial period of 45 days with any of our hearing aids and hearing related products so you can experience the benefit of better hearing! If you are not 100% satisfied, bring the hearing aids back to the provider within the trial period and you will be refunded every penny spent on the device(s).
Picking a Hearing Health Care Provider
We’ve met people that have spent a ton of money on a great set of hearing aids only to find that the provider adjusting them wasn’t listening to their needs. On the other hand, we’ve had people buy a basic set of hearing aids and because the provider listened to their needs, the patient had excellent results.
The moral of this story is if your provider isn’t listening to your needs or you feel like they don’t care about you on some personal level… leave! Go out and find another provider that cares about their patients. We’ll even help you find another provider that gets along with you better, that’s what we do!
So we can put you in touch with the closest in network provider to your home, call us toll free at (877) 828-4327. Our friendly staff can answer any questions you might have as well as get you scheduled with a local office.