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Frequently Asked Questions

Hearing aids are primarily useful in improving the hearing and speech comprehension of people who have hearing loss that results from damage to the small sensory cells in the inner ear, called hair cells. This type of hearing loss is called sensorineural hearing loss. The damage can occur as a result of disease, aging, or injury from noise or certain medicines.

A hearing aid magnifies sound vibrations entering the ear. Surviving hair cells detect the larger vibrations and convert them into neural signals that are passed along to the brain. The greater the damage to a person’s hair cells, the more severe the hearing loss, and the greater the hearing aid amplification needed to make up the difference. However, there are practical limits to the amount of amplification a hearing aid can provide. In addition, if the inner ear is too damaged, even large vibrations will not be converted into neural signals. In this situation, a hearing aid would be ineffective.

The hearing aid that will work best for you depends on the kind and severity of your hearing loss. If you have a hearing loss in both of your ears, two hearing aids are generally recommended because two aids provide a more natural signal to the brain. Hearing in both ears also will help you understand speech and locate where the sound is coming from.

You and your audiologist should select a hearing aid that best suits your needs and lifestyle. Price is also a key consideration because hearing aids range from hundreds to several thousand dollars. Similar to other equipment purchases, style and features affect cost. However, don’t use price alone to determine the best hearing aid for you. Just because one hearing aid is more expensive than another does not necessarily mean that it will better suit your needs.

A hearing aid will not restore your normal hearing. With practice, however, a hearing aid will increase your awareness of sounds and their sources. You will want to wear your hearing aid regularly, so select one that is convenient and easy for you to use. Other features to consider include parts or services covered by the warranty, estimated schedule and costs for maintenance and repair, options and upgrade opportunities, and the hearing aid company’s reputation for quality and customer service.

Proper maintenance and care will extend the life of your hearing aid. Make it a habit to:

  • Keep hearing aids away from heat and moisture.
  • Clean hearing aids as instructed. Earwax and ear drainage can damage a hearing aid.
  • Avoid using hairspray or other hair care products while wearing hearing aids.
  • Turn off hearing aids when they are not in use.
  • Replace dead batteries immediately.
  • Keep replacement batteries and small aids away from children and pets.
At Advanced Hearing Solutions, there is an assessment fee; however, it is deducted from the cost of any hearing instrument purchased from us within six months of testing. Be skeptical of clinics that off “free” hearing tests. Prices of the hearing aids may be inflated as a result. Be aware of hidden conditions such as being free only if you order a hearing aid that same day.
Advanced Hearing Solutions offers hearing instruments from most major international manufacturers. Having access to a large line enables us to find the best solution for your hearing needs. Beware of “factory-direct” or discount hearing aids as they generally cannot be adjusted or reprogrammed at to her reputable clinics. Follow-up services at these places can be limited or pricey.
At Advanced Hearing Solutions, all styles of instruments are available from behind-the-ear to the tiny completely-in-the-canal aids. We offer all levels of digital technology from basic to the most advanced cutting edge systems. Our audiologists will help choose the best solution for you. Your communication needs, lifestyle, type of hearing loss, the shape of your ear, cosmetic preferences, and budget must all be coordinated to find the right one for you.
At Advanced Hearing Solutions, multiple appointments will be offered to you during the first two months of hearing aid use as well as a maintenance program to contribute to your long-term success. Adjustments are provided at no charge during the warranty period.
All instruments purchased at Advanced Hearing Solutions are returnable within the first 60 days. The cost of the hearing aids is refundable in full minus the audiological assessment fee. Be aware of financial penalties via restocking or return fees that many clinics apply. They can be very high.
At Advanced Hearing Solutions, our professional staff includes highly trained audiologists that are nationally certified and provincially licensed. They have many years of experience and receive many hours of continuing education annually.
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