Hearing FAQ

Answering your questions about hearing aids.

Hearing Aid Education

How much do you know about hearing loss? At Mt. Vernon Hearing Aids, we make it easy for our patients to understand their own hearing loss and how hearing aids can help them. We're happy to counsel you and answer all your questions, whether you want to know more about how hearing evaluations work or you aren't sure why we recommend a particular hearing device for you.

If you ever have any questions about hearing loss, we're here to help. We love what we do, and we love sharing it with people. Most of all, we love empowering patients to feel in control of their own hearing decisions. Just as we never pressure you into making a purchase, we never want you to feel in the dark about your options or your hearing situation.

Hearing FAQs

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It's very important to clean your hearing aids regularly. Many times, when it seems like hearing aids are broken, it's actually just that wax or dirt has gotten into the device and prevented it from working. We're happy to clean your hearing aids in that case, but it's best to avoid that in the first place by cleaning your hearing aids every day.
In general, hearing aids last between 5-7 years if you take good care of them. The devices themselves can last even longer, but often the technology available improves every 3-5 years, so you may want to get new devices to take advantage of new features that will give you an even better experience.
Hearing aids are like miniature computers that are able to adapt in real time to what happens around you. They can identify human speech and work to reduce background noise, making conversations easier. Hearing aids are available at a wide range of price levels, so depending on your budget, we can almost certainly find something that will help you. But it's important to remember that hearing aids will last you for years, so the money you pay up front is an investment in hearing well for a long time to come. That's why it's important to get the best hearing aids you can, since they can work well for you for years.
It takes a little while to get used to new hearing instruments. Your brain has to adjust to all of the new sounds it may be hearing for the first time in years. Everything may sound loud, and your own voice might sound strange at first. We promise that if you stick with it, your brain will adjust. It only takes a week for most patients to feel like they need more volume because their brain has already gotten used to the new sounds and is craving more. We'll work with you during the first month or so of having new hearing aids so we can continue adjusting them to match your needs until you're hearing great.

Misconceptions About Hearing Loss

With more than six decades in the hearing healthcare industry, we have addressed many misconceptions surrounding hearing loss and hearing aids. Select any common myth below to reveal the truth

Maybe you're imagining big, bulky hearing instruments like your parents or grandparents used to wear. The reality is that modern hearing aids have come a long way. You might not know what to expect if you just saw them sitting on a table, but when you put them on your ears and look in the mirror, you might just be surprised! Many patients comment that they can't even see the hearing aids, yet they are more powerful than hearing aids of the past.
Hearing loss occurs at all ages, so it doesn't mean you're old if you need hearing aids. Other people probably won't even notice you're wearing anything on your ears. Plus, you'll feel a lot younger if you start hearing better because you'll have an easier time taking part in conversations and staying active.
You might think you only need to wear your hearing aids in certain situations, but our ears pick up on sound even when we're not paying attention to it. It's important to wear your hearing aids all day so your brain is continuously getting auditory information from the world around you. That keeps your brain engaged and helps you be more immersed in everyday life. Even if you're just staying in reading a book, let your ears and your brain experience the sounds of birds chirping outside, closing doors, and the everyday sounds of your home.
Devices sold online won't come programmed to your individual hearing loss, so they won't be able to help you hear nearly as well as personalized hearing aids. Each hearing loss is unique. Think about the difference between prescription glasses and over-the-counter reading glasses. If you're truly nearsighted, you need glasses from an optometrist who understands how to correct your vision. Likewise, if you have hearing loss, you need support from a professional who can personalize your hearing aids to fit your individual ear anatomy, your specific hearing loss, and your speech understanding.
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