It's important that you understand your own hearing loss so you can make educated decisions about your treatment. We want to make sure you know why we make the suggestions we do, and we want you to feel comfortable with your options. That's why we'll take as long as you need to discuss what you want from hearing aids and what we can do for you.
We're available to answer your questions at any time because we care about helping you. If you ever want to know more about hearing aids or you just have a question for us, don't hesitate to call or send us an email and we'll give you the most thorough answer we can.
How do I know if I have hearing loss?
The first step to better hearing is to get a professional hearing test done to know whether you truly have hearing loss or not. Some signs you may have hearing loss include:
Can all hearing loss be treated with hearing aids?
Most hearing loss is sensorineural hearing loss, which can be treated effectively with hearing aids. Conductive hearing loss may be caused by a blockage in your ear, such as an accumulation of earwax or congestion due to illness. In some cases, your hearing loss may require surgery or other medical intervention. A hearing test will let us understand what kind of hearing loss you have. If we think your hearing loss requires more than hearing aids, we'll refer you to a specialist.
Will hearing aids cure my hearing loss?
Hearing aids are a treatment plan, not a cure. They can help you regain sounds while you are wearing them, but they won't change the underlying issue. Think of them like glasses; they are a tool you can use to help you hear better.
Will hearing aids make my hearing worse?
Hearing aids won't damage your ears or any part of your hearing system. What can happen is that when you start wearing hearing aids, you get used to hearing sounds you didn't realize you were missing. Once you're used to those sounds, you begin to notice their absence when you aren't wearing your hearing aids. It's not that your hearing has gotten worse; it's just that you now know what sounds you're missing without them.
Can I wait to get hearing aids if my hearing loss isn't that bad?
Mild hearing loss may not require hearing aids to help it, but generally it’s a good idea to get hearing aids sooner rather than later. Your brain can eventually lose some of its ability to comprehend sound it no longer hears. This can be a problem because then you may not be able to understand sounds even if you can hear. Hearing aids can prevent you from losing your ability to process sounds and understand them. We've heard so many people say they wish they'd gotten hearing aids sooner.
MYTH: I can get cheaper hearing aids from TV commercials and they'll do just fine.
What you see being sold for such low prices aren't actually hearing aids. They're hearing amplifiers, and all they do is turn the volume up. If you have particularly mild hearing loss, they might be all you need, but for most people, they won't really solve your hearing loss. Think of the difference between reading glasses and prescription glasses. If you have an actual medical condition like hearing loss, you need customized medical devices that are programmed to your individual hearing loss. True hearing aids are powerful, little computers that can process the sound you hear to help your brain distinguish between speech and background noise. You won’t get the same results from basic amplifiers because they are not designed or programmed for your unique needs.
MYTH: Hearing aid distributors are only interested in making money.
At Cumberland Hearing Aid Center, our top priority is helping you. We've had friends and loved ones with hearing loss and we've seen what a difference hearing aids can make, and this field is truly our passion. Everything we do is based on what we think will help you most, even if that means telling you that hearing aids aren't right for you.
MYTH: Hearing aids will last me for the rest of my life.
Like all technology, hearing aids have a lifespan of their own. In general, hearing aids will last 3-7 years. Many people choose to get new hearing aids after a few years so they can take advantage of advancing technology. But hearing aids will also begin to have more problems the older they get, so be aware that you eventually will need to replace them. However, if you take good care of your hearing aids and have them regularly cleaned and checked, they can last you for years.
MYTH: Hearing aids are too expensive.
It's true that hearing aids aren't cheap. They're miniature computers that can process sound in real time. At Cumberland Hearing Aid Center, we try very hard to keep our prices as low as possible because we believe that people with hearing loss deserve to hear better.
MYTH: I'm too old to get hearing aids; there's no point now.
It doesn't matter how old you are. There are people you love and things you enjoy doing, and hearing them better is going to improve your quality of life. If you get hearing aids now, you'll be able to talk to your kids on the phone again, hear your great-grandkids playing, go to church, visit restaurants — whatever your hearing loss has been keeping you from doing, you can get it back. And that's important for your sake and for the people who love you.