Hearing Aid FAQ’s
If you’re like most of our patients at Eastern Oklahoma ENT, you probably have a lot of questions. Whether you’re just beginning to wonder about hearing loss, have received a hearing loss diagnosis or have been wearing hearing aids for years, it’s important to learn as much as you can about your hearing loss treatment options.
These hearing aid FAQs are Tulsa patients’ most commonly asked questions and concerns. Take a look through them for some helpful information about hearing aids and hearing loss treatment.
Do hearing aids really work? Yes! Hearing aids sometimes get a bad reputation, but with the major digital advances in hearing technology, these devices will make a major difference in your life. Not only will hearing aids help improve your mood, productivity and important relationships, they will also reduce your risk of serious problems like dementia and depression.
How many kinds of hearing aids are there? There is a very wide range of hearing aid styles, sizes and brands available. Along with this huge selection, you can also pair most hearing aids with hearing aid accessories like assistive listening devices for even greater flexibility. We know choosing a hearing aid can feel like a daunting task, but our friendly, knowledgeable staff at Eastern Oklahoma ENT is here to guide you every step of the way.
Where should I buy my hearing aids? It can be tempting to go to big box stores to purchase your hearing aids, but this is a bad idea. Why? Getting hearing aids is just part of a much larger treatment plan. You need an audiologist at your side as you select your hearing aids and go through the counseling, fitting, programming and adjustment process.
Won’t hearing aids make me look old? Hearing aids have a bad rap, but there’s no reason to fear that they will get in the way of your style. There is a huge selection of hearing devices available, and many of them are completely or nearly undetectable by those around you. Even if you go for a larger model, hearing loss is a major problem amongst all age groups, and you will be surprised to find that you aren’t the only one around in need of a hearing boost.
Will it take long to get used to my new hearing aids? Adapting to the look and feel of hearing aids takes time; that’s why you need an audiologist at your side throughout the process. While some people adapt in just a few days or weeks, others transition to life with hearing aids over the timespan of a few months. The best way to ensure a smooth switch to hearing aids is to seek guidance and counseling from your audiologist.
Does insurance cover hearing aids? Hearing aid coverage has definitely gone up amongst insurance companies in recent years, but every person’s insurance is different. Your audiologist will help you understand your insurance company’s policies along with explaining the payment plans and options available through the clinic.