Common hearing aid questions - Tinnitus, Background Noise and more

Buying hearing aids can be complicated so we love to speak to people and help answer their questions and try to simplify the process for them. 

Here are some of the questions people ask us

  1. How will Embrace Hearing aids help my tinnitus? Tinnitus is a hissing, buzzing, whistling or ringing in the ears that only you can hear. For some people, tinnitus impacts daily life with increased anxiety, anger and disturbed sleep. Tinnitus is not a disease but rather a symptom caused by an underlying condition, such as hearing loss, an ear injury or even some medications. About 80% of people with tinnitus have some degree of hearing loss without being aware of it, and this is why hearing aids can help.

    While most people find that the restoration of natural high frequency hearing through the use of custom programmed hearing aids significantly reduces tinnitus symptoms, there is more we can do. All of our hearing aids come pre-loaded with a Tinnitus Sound Therapy manager which many people find helpful. You can turn the manager on/off anytime with the app or the button on the hearing aids. This is not a cure but can definitely help alleviate your symptoms. In addition, our X-Series hearing aids have integrated Bluetooth so you are able to stream any of the many sound therapy apps available online.

  2. Do hearing aids help with the background noise of a restaurant? Yes. The way hearing aids help in restaurants is first, by amplifying the voices of the people at your table so you can hear them more clearly and second, by not amplifying the background noise around you. On premium hearing aids, like the ones we sell, the aids are constantly 'listening' to your environment and adapting to it. In fact, today’s hearing aids adapt to your environment thousands of times per second to ensure the best hearing possible for their wearer. When you are in a room with a lot of background noise, the hearing aids recognize that and adjust for it automatically. So while you will still hear the ‘restaurant noise’, it will be at a very low level while the the voices of the people at your table are much clearer to you.

  3. Will my hearing be 100% normal with hearing aids? Although today’s hearing aids cannot precisely duplicate the function of the human ear, they can be of tremendous benefit to those with hearing loss. Digitization of sound, dedicated computer software and years of professional training allow our Audiologists to very precisely address your individual hearing loss. So although they may not be able to restore your hearing back to “normal,” today’s hearing aids have gotten closer than ever. They can definitely help restore normalcy to your life by helping you clearly hear and interact with those around you. 

  4. "My friend had hearing aids and never wore them. They whistled all the time. Why would these be any different?". Todays hearing aids are nothing like they were even a few years ago. Massive changes in hearing software and hardware combined with the fitting process make feedback (squealing) a thing of the past. If you ever have an issue with our hearing aids, we can resolve it within minutes and we are here 7 days a week ay (888) 929-9555.

  5. "I can hear OK if the person is looking at me or in the same room with no background noise. Do I really need hearing aids?". According to the National Institutes of Health, only one in five Americans who have hearing loss wear a hearing aid. Yet, research has shown that not wearing a hearing aid if you need one can increase the chances of depression, dementia, and even falls, not to mention the social impact and health risks of being less active.

    The fact that you are reading this suggest you feel that you have hearing loss. You are probably missing portions of conversations and those around you are having to repeat themselves. Over the years, as you begin to lose your hearing, you begin to read lips without trying. So if it's quiet and someone is talking directly in front of you, you can read their lips and read their body language to get a sense of what they are saying. This is also true with TV News, where the anchor is looking right at you versus a TV show where they might not be. Or if something is in the next room, or behind you, you begin to guess and make mistakes which can sometimes be embarrassing. Properly programmed hearing aids give you back what you have been missing. Try our hearing test HERE and then we can advise you on what benefit you could expect from hearing aids. 

  6. Why do you recommend this hearing aid style versus the ones my friend has? There are two key types of hearing aids today: "Behind the ear" and "In the canal". While some people might have the option of either style, if your hearing loss is very severe, we generally recommend the Behind the ear style because its design is better for the highest levels of amplification. 

  7. What is the difference between the 'lower' and 'higher' models you sell? All the hearing aids we sell are made by leading manufacturers and are sold at local clinics for 2 to 3 times our prices. So all of our hearing aids are good. Having said that, there are both hardware and software differences on our top of the line models that make them much more effective in more challenging environments like restaurants, meetings and large family dinners.

  8. Will they make my hearing worse? Definitely not! All of our hearing aids are pre-approved by the FDA as Class II medical devices. This means the technology has been reviewed and demonstrated clear benefits for those with hearing loss. You will notice the difference as soon as you put them on. NOTE - Before buying hearing aids, check that they are custom programmed by Doctors of Audiology to meet the precise needs of your hearing test. 

  9. Do I really need two hearing aids? Well...do you really need glasses for both eyes? When most people receive the news that they will need hearing aids, the biggest shock comes from learning how high the cost will be. It can be tempting to try and reduce the cost by buying only one aid for a “dominant” hearing ear and cut the cost in half. Unless you only have hearing loss in one ear, we strongly advice against this practice for a number of important reasons. You can read more about this HERE

At Embrace Hearing, we are here 7 days a week to help with your hearing loss. Call us anytime at (888) 929-9555. 

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