Frequently Asked Questions
Does everyone lose their hearing as they age?
Most people’s hearing ability diminishes to a certain degree with age. But true hearing loss is caused by other factors such as exposure to loud noise, ear infections, and many other reasons.
Is hearing loss hereditary?
Some types of hearing loss can be inherited. But not all inherited forms of hearing loss take place at birth. Some can appear later in life.
What medications cause hearing loss?
Certain antibiotics can damage the inner ear. Even aspirin can cause problems. Check with your doctor if you notice changes in your hearing while taking a medication.
I have ringing in my ears, what is that?
If you have a ringing, hissing or buzzing sound in one or both ears, you may have a condition called “tinnitus.” There is no cure for tinnitus, but it can be managed with a great deal of success.
Can hearing loss cause emotional or physical problems?
Yes. People with hearing loss may become depressed, anxious or withdrawn.
Do hearing aids really work?
Today’s advanced hearing aids are very effective. Recent developments in technology have resulted in hearing aids that are easy to use, effective, and comfortable to wear.
Will hearing aids help me hear again? How well will they help me hear?
Success with hearing aids depends on several factors. Individual experiences will vary depending on the severity of the hearing loss, the accuracy of the evaluation, proper fit and the ability to adapt to amplification. Hearings aids do not restore natural hearing, but the assistance they provide may help their wearers live their lives to the fullest. Today’s hearing aids provide better sound quality than ever. Losses that were difficult to fit years ago are now possible due to advancements in hearing aid technology.
I don’t use my hearing aids because they don’t work right. What can be done about it?
Miracle-Ear® locations offer REM (Real Ear Measurement) hearing aid analyses for any make or model hearing aid. This allows us to determine how well your hearing aid is picking up the sounds that you need to hear while you’re wearing it. In many cases, we can make adjustments or recommend changes that may improve performance. Poor hearing aid performance may also be the result of changes in your hearing loss or listening needs. A free hearing test can help us determine your current hearing needs. Then we can use this information to assess whether your current hearing aid(s) are still appropriate. Again, we may be able to make adjustments to improve the performance of your existing instruments or make recommendations for future options.
Will hearing aids take care of background noise?
No hearing aid can completely eliminate background noise, but technology now allows us to de-emphasize noise like sounds. Many digital aids distinguish between speech and non-speech sounds to help keep wearers engaged in and attuned to conversations, even in noisy situations.
Will hearing aids increase the sound of my tinnitus (ringing in ears)?
According to the American Tinnitus Association, some tinnitus patients with hearing loss experience total or partial tinnitus relief while wearing hearing aids. There are many variables that determine success. However, if a patient has a hearing loss in the frequency range of the tinnitus, hearing aids may reintroduce the ambient sounds that naturally cover the tinnitus.
Do I have to wear two hearing aids?
Hearing with both ears offers many advantages, such as increased ability to locate sound sources, hearing nuances and less listening strain. The Better Hearing Institute also cites the following reasons:
- People wearing two hearing aids understand speech and conversation better.
- With two hearing aids, people can hear sounds from a farther distance.
- Loud sounds are better tolerated, because a lower volume control setting is required with two hearing aids.
- With a lower volume control setting, the chance of hearing aid feedback with a binaural fitting is reduced.
- Consumers with binaural fittings express greater satisfaction than people with one hearing aid.
Whether two aids are right for you depends on your hearing loss and individual needs, including the type and severity of hearing loss in each ear. You should discuss your communication needs with your hearing healthcare provider to determine if you are a candidate for binaural hearing aids.
What’s the difference between a hearing aid dispenser and an audiologist?
Hearing aid dispensers specialize in hearing aid fitting and technology. In most every state, they are licensed to both test hearing and to fit hearing instruments to address hearing loss.
Audiologists have master’s degrees or higher in audiology. They perform non-medical evaluations of hearing losses, including advanced testing for purposes beyond fitting hearing aids. They also develop non-medical hearing rehabilitation programs. For example, they often create rehabilitation programs for children whose hearing impairment might otherwise cause problems in language development. Many audiologists also dispense hearing aids.
When a medical problem is suspected, both hearing aid dispensers and audiologists refer their clients to physicians for diagnosis.
My friends and family seem to be so sure hearing aids will help, but I’m not convinced anything could really improve my hearing.
We hear this all the time. Miracle-Ear helps over 100,000 people each year! Amazing advances have been made in hearing aids, which have resulted in more success stories than ever before. The best advice is to come in for your FREE hearing test. That’s the only reliable way to learn if a Miracle-ear hearing aid could help you. If we find a hearing loss that we believe we can help, we’ll offer you a FREE in-store demonstration so you can hear the difference for yourself!
Aren’t all hearing aids the same? Can’t I just buy one wholesale or from a website or catalog?
Nothing could be further from the truth! First of all, you can’t be certain of their quality. Moreover, you won’t be offered a FREE comprehensive hearing evaluation or have your hearing aid customized to your needs. Plus these off-brand devices are seldom backed by an extensive warranty like Miracle-Ear offers.
What if I can’t get used to wearing hearing aids?
It’s only natural to be apprehensive about wearing a hearing aid. That’s why we’re glad you’re choosing Miracle-Ear. Our hearing care specialists are trained to properly fit your new hearing aids. In no time at all, most customers tell us their hearing aid becomes second nature. At Miracle-Ear, you also have the reassurance of a comprehensive after-care plan that includes fitting adjustments.
I’m interested in the Miracle-Ear technology, but I am confused by all of the different choices. How can I know what’s really right for me?
Many customers tell us how much they appreciate learning about the latest advances from Miracle-Ear. And, yes, there are more choices than ever before – multiple solution levels, hearing aid styles and options. At Miracle-Ear, we’re equipped with the very best tools, processes and counseling skills to recommend the hearing aid that makes the most sense for you!