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Hearing FAQ

Hearing loss can be confusing and difficult to understand. That’s why we’ve gathered some common questions our patients ask us regarding hearing aids and their hearing loss.

Will my hearing loss worsen over time?

It depends on the type of hearing loss you're experiencing. For the majority of people who have hearing loss, it will get worse with time. Whether you have conductive or sensorineural loss, it is best to have your hearing loss examined as soon as possible. Come visit us so we can help discover what kind of hearing issues you’re having so we can keep your ears healthy.

When should I get hearing aids?

As soon as you or a loved one notices a change in your hearing. If left untreated, hearing loss will continue to get worse, negatively affecting your quality of life. Untreated hearing loss leads to depression, feelings of social isolation, and relationship strains with loved ones.

Will hearing aids restore my hearing back to normal?

Although hearing aids will greatly improve your ability to hear and process sounds, they will not restore your hearing to the way it was before hearing loss. Hearing aids are technologically advanced mini computers that amplify sound and allows your brain to process sounds it hasn’t heard in years.

How often will I have to upgrade my hearing aids?

As long as you take good care of your hearing aids and have them cleaned regularly, they should keep working for years to come. For many people though, the choice to get new hearing aids isn't a matter of their old hearing aids breaking. Instead, they want to upgrade to newer technology. The hearing aid industry is always developing exciting new products, and after 3-5 years, there's usually been substantial improvements made.

Does earwax cause hearing loss?

Yes, earwax can build up or become impacted and then partially or completely block your ear canal. In fact, earwax is the most common cause of conductive hearing loss. If you’re worried about earwax building up in your ears then visit a professional for cerumen (earwax) removal. Never try to remove earwax on your own with a cotton swab as this can push the wax into the ear canal and cause further damage.

Are hearing aids Bluetooth compatible?

Certain types of hearing aids are, yes. Some hearing aids feature today’s advanced smart technology featuring Bluetooth connectivity. You can stream sound from your T.V. and smartphone directly to your hearing aids. This creates a seamless listening experience without the interference of background noise or having to take your hearing aids out and using an intermediary device.

© Benjamin Liess, MD, FACS