Frequently Asked Questions

Could I have a hearing issue and not realize it?

Yes. Because of the gradual nature of hearing loss, many individuals affected by it do not realize the severity of their situation. If you suspect you have a hearing problem, it’s best to get a hearing screening before your condition worsens. You could even currently have hearing aids and your hearing can still change. That’s why we stress that everyone gets an annual hearing exam.

Will wearing a hearing aid restore my hearing to normal?

NO it will not. Hearing aids are exactly as the name implies‚ aids. They will not restore your hearing to normal, but they will make most sounds available to you at your hearing level. Research shows that a large majority of treatable hearing loss can be helped with hearing aids. Most people find significant benefit and enhancements to quality of life after purchasing hearing aids.

Are cheap hearing aids worth trying?

When you find yourself mulling over the “cost” of hearing aids and searching for “cheap” devices, consider the investment you are willing to make in improving your life and the lives of those around you.

Research has shown that treating hearing loss with hearing aids has a direct positive impact on quality of life. When compared to the rate of inflation, the cost of hearing aids has decreased over time. Averaged over the lifetime of the instruments (3–5 years or more), the cost per day of a pair of advanced digital hearing aids is about $3.

What is the "best" hearing instrument on the market?

There is not one “best” hearing instrument on the market. A hearing instrument that works well for one individual may not produce the same results for someone else since everyone has different listening needs. Each major manufacturer makes a product that is highly comparable to other manufacturer’s products. The “best” hearing instrument for you is one that your hearing professional believes can best meet your needs, and offers you a good warranty and service.

What questions should I ask when buying a hearing aid?

If you are diagnosed with a hearing loss, our provider will determine the best course of treatment. If hearing devices are a solution for your loss, your provider will take a number of factors into account to choose the right hearing aid to suit you. Important factors include:

Technology features like the ability to connect to your smartphone. If you live a highly tech-connected life, new technology might be the easiest choice to incorporate into your lifestyle.

Your budget. But don’t sacrifice substance for savings. Though pricing for hearing aids at big chain stores is generally less than a doctor’s office, they have a limited selection, may stock hearing aids that are a few years behind in technology, and don’t offer the same broad scope of service and support found in the office of a hearing health professional.

Lifestyle needs. Whether it’s swimming, jogging or hiking, you should be able to depend on your hearing aids. Today’s hearing aids have a lot of features you may want and some you don’t. Before you buy, make a list of “must have” features for your hearing aids

How long does it take to adjust to new hearing instruments?

Similar to if you were to obtain a new pair of prescription glasses, it may take some time for your ears to adjust to your new hearing abilities. You should notice results within minutes, but it may take several months to completely realize the benefits of your new hearing instruments. Hearing tends to deteriorate gradually over time, so when sounds are reintroduced to the brain in a 30-minute fitting session, it can be overwhelming. The brain may have to relearn the classification of some sounds. Even though it may take several months to completely adjust to hearing through hearing aids, you should notice benefits in a very short time.

Will hearing aids make me look old?

Technology has come leaps and bounds since your parents’ hearing aids and 1 in 10 Americans experience some degree of hearing loss. Most of today’s devices are designed to be as invisible as possible and many connect to your smartphone so you can take phone calls without having to remove your hearing aid.

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At Hearing and Low Vision Solutions in San Francisco, we enhance your quality of life. For your individual hearing solution, schedule an appointment today by calling 415-742-4440