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How do I know I am getting the right type of hearing aid?
The type of hearing aid devices recommended for you will greatly depend on the nature and extent of hearing loss and the size and shape of the outer ear and canal as some conditions (e.g ear drainage) may prevent a person from wearing hearing aids that block the ear or canal.
Cosmetic concerns play a large role for some hearing aid wearers who may prefer them to be nearly invisible, while others prefer a hearing aid that although visible blends with their skin tone. Small hearing aids (ITCs, CICs, and some Open-Fit) also have tiny batteries and those with limited dexterity or sight problems may find these difficult to operate.
Why not just order the hearing aids I see advertised for $39.99?
These inexpensive models are simply amplifiers that will make everything louder (including all the ambient noises around you). They will not, for example, help you separate human voices from background noise like the more sophisticated hearing instruments available today.
Will I be able to hear in noisy situations with hearing aids?
While no hearing aid can filter out all background noise, technology of today features devices that can reduce some types of background noise so that you can enjoy conversation and improve communication in places like restaurants, business meetings and social gatherings.
How expensive are hearing aids?
The price of a hearing aid will vary depending on the specific model and features best match your lifestyle. Whatever the final cost, Central Maine Audiology accepts most major credit cards and offers financing plans through Care Credit and Wells Fargo Health Advantage.
Can I wear just one hearing aid?
Two-ear hearing (called “binaural”) is better than one. If you have hearing loss in only one ear, you may be fine with one hearing aid. If there is a loss in both ears, you will probably benefit more from hearing aids in both. Today, about two-thirds of new hearing aid users opt for two hearing aids, and as a group they report a higher level of satisfaction than purchasers of a single instrument.
How long do hearing aid batteries last?
Hearing aids require a lot of power and energy. Currently zinc air batteries are most often used because they produce a large amount of energy despite their very light weight and small size. The life of a battery varies depending on the size of the hearing aid battery, anywhere from 3 days to 2 weeks.