Hearing FAQ

Hearing Aid Questions & Answers

At Hearing Services of Antigo, we don't just sell hearing aids. We offer you support from day one. That's part of what it means for us to have a patient-first approach to hearing healthcare. We check up on you to make sure your hearing devices are working properly, bring you in regularly to give your hearing aids a thorough cleaning, and answer any questions you have about your hearing aids or hearing loss in general.

We hope you'll think of us as a resource any time you need help with your hearing aids. Here, we've gathered some common questions and misconceptions we hear from patients.

Hearing Aid FAQs

First, you'll want to make sure you are purchasing hearing aids from someone reputable with a good return policy, warranty, and recommendations from satisfied patients. Your hearing instrument specialist should be able to talk you through the best options for your hearing loss and explain what devices might be a good fit for you. Consider whether you need the highest level of technology (if you're active and spend time in loud environments) or if something simpler will work for you. Be honest with your hearing instrument professional about what you need to hear so they can prescribe you a good fit.
That depends on how well you take care of them. It's important to keep up with regular maintenance and cleaning so your hearing aids are less likely to develop problems. If you don't clean them regularly, they may only last a couple of years. But if you take good care of them, they may last for longer. Since hearing aid technology changes every 5 years or so, many patients switch to a newer pair after 5 years.
You should wear your hearing aids every hour you're awake during the day. This way your brain continues to get information from the sounds around you. Even if you're just home alone, sounds like the refrigerator humming or the floor creaking keep your brain active and stimulated, and they can cue you to respond if something important happens. We sell batteries at very low prices to make sure they're affordable.
In order to get comfortable with them, you have to wear them. We recommend keeping them in every day for as long as you can stand at first. Soon, your brain will adjust, and you'll get used to how they feel and sound. In no time at all, they'll become part of your life and you won't even think about them anymore — you'll just enjoy being able to hear so many sounds again!

Hearing Aid Myths

Hearing loss really does affect all ages. There are babies and small children who need hearing aids! If you think you might have hearing loss, it's worth having your hearing tested just to be sure. You may just have a mild hearing loss that doesn't require hearing aids yet, but we recommend giving them a try to see how much you might be missing.

Ultimately, you risk your brain losing some of its ability to understand speech if you don’t get back the sounds you’re missing soon enough.
Once upon a time, hearing aids were noticeable and not terribly effective, but they were the best we could do at the time. But the difference between those hearing devices and modern hearing aids is incredible. Today's hearing aids are tiny but far more powerful than ever before. These devices either fit entirely within your ear or hide their technology behind your ear so that even people who are standing close to you won't notice.
All hearing aids these days have advanced technology that imitates the way your brain processes sound. This means that you can focus more clearly on what you want to hear, whether it's someone speaking to you or music at a concert. You may still have to make things easier on yourself, like being careful about where you sit down in a restaurant to cut down on background noise. But the hearing aids themselves are like miniature computers taking care of background noise to help you hear what you need to hear.
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