Do I need a hearing aid for both ears?

While you might not think you need to wear hearing aids in both ears, ask your hearing healthcare professional. You may not, depending on the severity of your hearing loss, but if you do they can explain why it’s easier for your brain to interpret sound better with amplification in both ears. And if you do need two hearings aids instead of one, take heart. According to the Better Hearing Institute, about 90 percent of patients need hearing aids for both ears.

Which hearing aid is best for my particular type of hearing loss and lifestyle?

There are a variety of hearing aid types and styles on the market today, each with features designed to fit specific types of hearing loss as well as unique lifestyles. The more information you give your hearing healthcare professional about your daily activities and listening environments, the more likely she will be to recommend the best hearing device for you. Take a few minutes before your appointment to list the things you like to do on a daily and weekly basis — include recreational activities as well as social situations and your work environment. This will help you cover all the bases when it’s time to ask this particular question.

Will a hearing aid restore my hearing to normal?

No, hearing aids are designed to make things easier to hear, but cannot restore the natural functioning of your ear. Hearing aids also do not prevent the progression of hearing loss over time.

How many years should I expect my hearing aid to last?

The average hearing aid lasts 3 – 5 years.

How do hearing aids work when there is background noise?

Background noise is a common occurrence, and the brain unconsciously filters this out during the hearing process. With hearing loss, this filtering ability is weakened, and sounds often become inaudible. With the use of a hearing aid, all sounds can be heard and the brain retrains for the selective listening.

Is it OK for me to sleep in my hearing aids?

Hearing aids should be worn during waking hours. When going to bed for the night, you should remove your hearing aids and open the battery door, if you have one, to help conserve battery life.

How often should I clean my hearing aids?

Cleaning your hearing aids more frequently will help keep them in the best condition possible. Cleaning them once every morning before you put them on is generally a good practice.