Answers to your most asked hearing aid questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Your hearing health is an important part of your well-being, so its natural that you have questions about hearing loss and hearing aids. Below are some frequently asked questions from our patients. If you have a question you don’t see listed below, then call us today. We would be happy to answer your hearing questions and to schedule you for an appointment.

On average, hearing aids will last 5-7 years. When properly cared for, your hearing aids could last for even longer. It’s important to bring your devices in for regular cleanings every six months, as well as store them in a safe, dry place when you’re not using them. Although hearing aids will last you for many years, we have noticed that many patients like to upgrade their devices every 3-5 years in order to take advantage of the new technology.

Yes, hearing aids will help you to hear the voices of your loved ones and to engage in conversations. Hearing aids do so much more than just provide you with amplification. They will help your brain process sounds so you can feel more engaged. Many of today’s hearing aids can also filter between a speaker and background noise, so you can hear the voices of your children and grandchildren wherever you are.

Many hearing aids are custom fit to your unique ear shape, so they can provide a reliable and comfortable fit. Your hearing aids should never cause you pain or feel uncomfortable in your ears. The volume of your hearing aids should also feel comfortable to you. We will expertly program your hearing aids, so the sound is at a volume that is comfortable for you.

Yes, hearing aids with Bluetooth capability are able to connect straight to your smartphone. This allows you to control your hearing aids through specific apps. With this control, you can stream phone calls, music, and other audio directly to your hearing aids. You can also control the volume of your hearing aids, check your battery status, and do so much more!

In order to ensure your hearing aids last you for a long time it’s important to take good care of them. The best way to care for your hearing aids is to bring them in for regular maintenance checks. In addition to bringing them into our office, you should also be sure to clean your hearing aids every time you take them out of your ears. Simply wipe them down with a dry cloth to remove any excess earwax or debris. Also be sure to store your hearing aids in a dry safe space away from any children or pets.

If you are new to wearing hearing aids then the best way to adjust to them is to wear them every day. Even if you are not interacting with anyone it is best to wear your hearing aids so you can adjust to hearing everyday sounds that you have been missing. While adjusting to your hearing aids it is important to remain patient. The more often you wear your hearing aids the quicker you will adjust to hearing sounds again.

Hearing loss will continue to worsen as time goes on. Hearing aids can help decrease the rate at which your hearing loss worsens. It is better to use hearing aids sooner rather than later to prevent any loss in speech comprehension or cognitive decline. When left untreated, hearing loss can make it difficult to recognize sounds, understand speech, and have good cognitive function.

No, hearing aids are prescription fit devices that need to be fine-tuned to your exact hearing needs. To determine what your hearing prescription is, your hearing will need to be tested. We never recommend hearing aids to anyone who may not need them, which is why an up-to-date hearing test is important.

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West Des Moines, IA 50265

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Newton, IA 50208

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