Our most commonly asked questions about hearing loss and hearing aids.
Frequently Asked Questions
We understand your hearing health can feel confusing and even overwhelming at times. That’s why at Hearing Clinic of Greater New Orleans, we are here to offer our support and knowledge about hearing loss and hearing aids. We want you to feel comfortable with your hearing aids and feel knowledgeable about your hearing health.
Below we’ve gathered some frequently asked questions our patients ask us. If you don’t see your question below, please call us and we would be happy to help you.
Hearing aids are incredibly small minicomputers. When you think of hearing aids you may be thinking of hearing aids of the past which were big, bulky, and beige. Today’s hearing aids are so small that they are barely noticeable, while some are even considered to be invisible! Hearing aids are so discreet that no one will even notice you are wearing one. They also come in a variety of colors to match your personality or your hair color or skin tone. We have many hearing aids in office and can show you some demo pairs when you come in for an appointment.
You will get the most benefit from your hearing aids if you wear them all day. Even if you are not interacting with anyone it’s important to wear your hearing aids so your ears can adjust to hearing sounds. Hearing soft sounds such as the refrigerator running, or a pot of water boiling might not seem important, but those sounds are providing your brain with information about your environment. If you are new to wearing hearing aids, then you can schedule a few hours each day to wear your hearing aids, but you should aim to wear them all day in order to see an improvement in your hearing ability.
Hearing aids will greatly improve your ability to hear and process sounds, but they won’t restore your hearing back to what it was before you had hearing loss. Hearing aids are advanced minicomputers designed to provide clarity as well give exceptional sound quality. Without hearing aids your hearing loss can worsen and can even lead to additional health concerns such as cognitive decline, depression, and even dementia.
On average hearing aids will last for 5-7 years. It is important to take care of your hearing aids by cleaning them and bringing them in for regular check-ups. Hearing aids are an investment, and they will last you for many years if they are taken care of. We have noticed that some patients like to upgrade their hearing aids around the 3–5-year mark in order to take advantage of the new hearing aid technology.
If you lose your hearing aids and they are still under warranty then contact us. Depending on the manufacturer of your hearing aids we should be able to get you a replacement pair which would be covered under the cost of your warranty. Most hearing aid manufacturer warranties provide 3 years of coverage. Be sure to call us right away if you lose your hearing aids or they need to be repaired.
If left untreated, your hearing can continue to worsen. It’s important to manage hearing loss with hearing aids right away to prevent any further deterioration of your hearing ability and speech comprehension. Hearing aids will slow down the rate at which your hearing deteriorates and will keep your brain active and healthy.