Frequently Asked Questions about Hearing Aids

At Good to Hear, we educate all of our patients with the same transparency we prefer from healthcare professionals we trust. We'll always answer your questions and take the time to explain everything, whether we're testing your hearing, going over the results, or talking you through what hearing aids might be able to do for you.

We want you to understand your hearing loss and what your options are so that you can make the best decision for yourself. We'll never tell you what to do or push you into buying hearing aids. And that's why we've gathered some of the most common questions we hear patients ask about hearing aids and hearing loss.

Hearing Aid FAQs

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Does a hearing test hurt?

No, hearing tests are completely painless. There's nothing to worry about. You'll just be listening to sounds, and while some of them may be a little loud, they will never hurt you.

What do I need to do to prepare for my mobile hearing aid visit?

When we come to your home to test your hearing or fit you with hearing aids, we need a quiet and comfortable space. This is important so we can have the best results. We recommend finding this quiet place in advance so that we can go right there once we arrive. Also, we suggest having a close friend or family member nearby so we can use their voice to test the effectiveness of your hearing aids.

Won't hearing aids make me look old?

Modern hearing aids are very small and hard to notice. Chances are high that anyone who talks to you won't even realize you have hearing aids in. And even if they do, you will seem youthful and more active if you're better able to hear what people are saying instead of having to ask them to repeat themselves.

Can I save money by buying just one hearing aid?

When it comes to hearing and your brain, it's a "use it or lose it" situation. If you only treat hearing loss in one ear, your brain is going to start focusing only on the sound it gets from that ear, meaning you'll run the risk of losing more hearing and more understanding from the other ear. You'll also be able to hear better at a lower volume if you have hearing aids in both ears.

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How long do hearing aids last?

If properly taken care of, hearing aids can last 5 or more years. Trends have shown our patients after 5 years are looking to take advantage of the latest technology that has been released.

Why aren't hearing aids cheaper?

Think about hearing aids like two tiny, powerful computers that process sound in real time to make it easier for your brain to understand what you hear. They do so much more than just turning the volume up. That level of technology can change your life, although it's not cheap. The good news is that we work with many different budgets, we offer low-interest or no-interest financing, and hearing aids can last for years, making them a long-term investment in hearing better and getting more out of life.

Can hearing aids fix my tinnitus?

Unfortunately, there's no cure for tinnitus (also known as ringing in the ears). However, it can be treated. We carry some hearing aids that offer tinnitus masking features, which may be able to give you relief from your tinnitus.

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