Hearing health FAQs

We’re here to help you navigate hearing health and hearing loss, starting with answers to the most frequently asked questions.
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Austin Singleton, Au.D.

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The simple answer is that we have two ears, just like we have two eyes—and you don’t see a lot of people walking around with monocles these days. That’s because, when you have bad vision, you…

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Austin Singleton, Au.D.

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Access to better, cheaper technology is greater now than it has ever been in the history of mankind. Not only does that mean that hearing aids keep improving and creating better experiences…

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Donovan Davisson

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The difference between a hearing aid with more channels and a hearing aid with fewer channels is fairly simple—more channels allow the provider to adjust the volume of a greater number of frequencies across the hearing spectrum. Whether or not this makes the hearing aid “better” or worth the additional cost is largely dependent on your personal hearing loss.

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Michael Schneller

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I see ads for low-priced hearing aids developed by an MD with testimonials bragging about great results. Do they really work? Answer: The low-priced hearing aids you’re referring to aren’t a bad option if you just want to experiment with improving your hearing. It’s like going to the store and picking up some cheap reading

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Michael Schneller

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My hearing is normal through the first 5 frequencies, but drops dramatically in the last 3 frequencies to profound levels. I’m having a hard time getting it adjusted to accommodate for the differences. It’s just too loud in the lower frequencies, but not loud enough in the higher range. Any thoughts on how to address this problem?

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Roger Angelelli

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What is typically the best hearing aid for kids? My son will be 15 years old in March. Answer: Treating hearing loss in children is more complicated than treating it for adults. A behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid is recommended for most kids, because it best accommodates their rapid growth. Although children will need new ear

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Roger Angelelli

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Are there hypo-allergenic hearing aids for sensitive ears? Answer: Yes, some manufacturers use hypo-allergenic material shells for their in-the-ear and in-the-canal styles of hearing aids that seem to work well for many people with sensitive ears. Even people without skin allergies may experience itching or irritation of their ears when they are first fitted with

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Answered by
Roger Angelelli

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Tinnitus has dozens of possible causes and it affects every individual differently, so it’s important to understand that while there is no cure, there are several ways to manage the symptoms. Successful treatment depends on the individual and the degree of tinnitus you

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Answered by
Jorge Zavala

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I have a slight upper-frequency hearing loss in my right ear. Will wearing a hearing aid slow down hearing loss in this ear? Answer: No, unfortunately wearing hearing aids does not slow down hearing loss. Their function is to reduce the impact that hearing loss has on your ability to hear and comprehend the sounds

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Answered by
Jorge Zavala

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I have worn hearing aids for 9 years, but lately the understanding—especially consonants—has diminished. The volume, at least according to volume-level on TV, has stayed the same. Can hearing aids be adjusted to help with consonants? Answer: Yes, your hearing aids can usually be adjusted to help with consonants. Most of the sounds in the…

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Donovan Davisson

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Question: How often should hearing aids be replaced? Answer: With care and regular maintenance a good pair of hearing aids can last up to five years. Here are a few smart practices that can extend the life of your hearing aid. Regular Cleaning Ear wax and other buildup can accumulate quickly and cause lasting harm

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Donovan Davisson

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Question: How often do hearing aid batteries need to be changed and is there a way to extend the life of batteries? Are rechargeable hearing aids a good alternative? Answer: Depending on your hearing aid model and level of usage, your batteries will need to be changed every three to ten days. Most hearing aids

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Answered by
Brian Emery

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I have been getting a lot of feedback (high pitched noise) lately in my right aid. The only way to reduce it is by turning the volume down to almost nothing. Any suggestions? Answer: There are a couple of different possibilities that may be contributing to your problem. First, you may have an increased need

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Brian Emery

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Even with my hearing aids, I have difficulty hearing in both group situations and individual conversations. I hear the sound, but can’t understand the words. How can I fix this? Answer: Everyone’s hearing is unique, so it would be best to ask this question in person to your local provider, who can offer counseling and

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Answered by
Ann Thomas

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I’ve had a pair of hearing aids for almost 6-months. Things like running water and rustling paper seem to have a tinny quality. I notice the output response graphs in the User Guide show the response peaking at 3 KHz. Is this the cause of the tinny phenomenon? Or is it something else? Is there

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Answered by
Ann Thomas

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Right now I wear one BTE aid in my left ear which has a 30% hearing loss. My right ear has an 85-90% loss. My provider said because of that loss, an aid in that ear would not help, so consequently when attending meetings, parties, and sporting events, the hearing noise is unbearable with no

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Answered by
Ann Thomas

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I have been wearing 2 hearing aids with 6 channels since July. I am satisfied overall, but continue to be frustrated with speech clarity when in a social situation, such as seated in a restaurant with lots of background sounds. I have tried different channels, but can’t find one that lets me hear speech clearly.

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Ky Willbanks

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I never see perspiration addressed as a problem when wearing hearing aids. Anytime I’m doing something physical and I begin to sweat, my hearing aids begin to alarm and shut down. Is this a common problem and is there a good solution? Answer Perspiration can definitely create problems for hearing aids. Manufacturers have worked hard

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Answered by
Ky Willbanks

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Question: Is it safe to wear hearing aids in a noisy environment—such as using a lawnmower, leaf blower or snow blower—or is it better to take them off and use ear plugs or headphones for protection? Answer: One of the most important things you can do to prevent further hearing loss is to protect your…

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Answered by
Ky Willbanks

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Question: Do hearing aids prevent or slow further hearing loss? Answer: The answer to this question is complex, because there are two aspects to hearing loss. First, physical hearing—do your ears hear a stimulus or a particular sound? In most cases, hearing aids won’t prevent or slow physical hearing loss. Only time will tell what

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Answered by
Heather Dooley

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What’s the difference between a hearing screening and a hearing evaluation? Answer: A hearing screening is a simple “pass” or “fail” test. Its purpose is to determine if you have normal hearing or not. It usually consists of a series of beeps or tones at the limit of normal range to see if you are

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Answered by
Heather Dooley

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Question: Since I started wearing a hearing aid, I get more ear wax buildup. Is there a way to reduce or stop buildup? Answer: Wax is a natural lubricant for the ear canal; it has a natural antibacterial quality that is good for the ear. Left alone it will typically work itself out. However, wearing

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Heather Dooley

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Question: What are the best models of hearing aid for treating profound hearing loss and why? Do they cost more than other hearing aids? Answer: The best kind of hearing aid for treating profound hearing loss is a behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid. The larger case allows for a larger battery (size 675), which in turn

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Answered by
Austin Singleton, Au.D.

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Question: Why do hearing aids cost so much? Answer: It is true, the high price of hearing aids can be a barrier for individuals who want help with their hearing loss. Here at TruHearing, we’re trying to lower the cost of hearing aids; however, there are some very real factors that keep the cost of

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