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How Do Hearing Aids Work?

Hearing aids used to be much simpler than they are today. A microphone picked up sound, the hearing aid made it louder, and a speaker projected it into the ear. However, simply making noises louder doesn’t make them sound crisper or cleaner, and so today’s technology goes even further by using digital technology.

When the computer chip in a digital hearing aid receives information, it uses complex algorithms to manipulate the sound. This allows it to keep the sounds that are important and eliminate the sounds that are not. Digital devices can even reduce background noise in the tiny pauses between syllables of speech or adjust to different environments where sounds are typically louder or softer.

Digital technology allow hearing aids to have multiple settings which can be changed as your hearing needs do. If you hearing loss gets worse, for example, you don’t necessarily have to get new hearing aids. Your devices can be reprogrammed for your new needs.

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Q. Should I buy hearing aids for mild hearing loss?

As soon as you begin experiencing hearing difficulties, it’s crucial for your overall health and happiness that you see a hearing healthcare professional as soon as possible. They can help you find a solution that fits your needs, whatever those may be.

While you may feel that your hearing loss isn’t that bad, your brain disagrees. When it comes to the speech recognition, if you don’t use it, you lose it. Using hearing aids to address even a mild hearing loss is far simpler than trying to retrain the parts of your brain that understand and process speech.

It’s also important to note that hearing loss is often gradual, so you may not notice its true severity. You might be missing out on important life moments that you can never get back. What’s more, untreated hearing loss is associated with the development of other debilitating conditions, including cognitive decline, cardiovascular issues, diabetes, depression, and hypertension. Receiving an annual hearing evaluation is the best way to monitor your hearing health so you can quickly take action when needed.

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Q. Do I need one or two hearing aids?

More than 95% of people with hearing loss require two hearing aids. Someone may occasionally have hearing loss in only one ear, but it doesn’t happen often.

While each of your ears may not have the same degree of hearing loss, your brain is meant to receive sound input from both of your ears. If you’re only using a hearing aid in one ear, the other will overwork itself in order compensate and lose its hearing ability even more quickly.

Some hearing aid technology even allows two hearing aids to work together in order to help you identify the direction from which sounds are coming.

Q. How long do hearing aids typically last?

You can expect your hearing aids to last about three to four years, depending on how well you take care of them. Like any electronic device, dust, moisture, and being dropped will all affect a hearing aid’s performance and lifespan. The more careful you are, the longer it will last.

Every EarQ hearing device comes with the EarQ 4-Year Warranty, which is the longest in the U.S. and covers your maintenance costs. We’ve got you covered!

Click here to find an EarQ provider who can help you find the EarQ hearing device that’s right for you.

Q. Will wearing a hearing aid make me look old?

While many people think that wearing a hearing aid will make them seem “old,” the truth is that untreated hearing loss is far more aging than hearing aids are. If you have to constantly ask others to repeat things or find yourself mishearing conversations, others will notice your hearing difficulties much more quickly than they would if you were wearing hearing aids.

Q. Do attractive hearing aids exist?

Absolutely! Hearing aid developers are always looking to create devices that cater to what people want. Hearing aids come in all different shapes and styles, ranging from those that sit behind the ear to those that sit invisibly within the ear canal.

They also make colorful and stylish devices that emphasize the good feelings associated with finally being able to hear clearly instead of focusing on the negative stigma of wearing a hearing aid. Some devices have even won design awards for their extremely attractive colors, forms and styles.

View the full gallery of EarQ hearing aids to see all styles and colors available.

Q. Will wearing a hearing aid hurt my ears?

Well-fit hearing aids should not hurt your ears. Your hearing healthcare professional will adjust and mold your hearing aids to ensure they’re a perfect fit. They can also make further adjustments throughout the life of the hearing aid in order to keep them comfortable and working as best as possible.

Q. Will hearing aids make my hearing worse?

Hearing aids that are fit correctly and programmed to your hearing needs will not harm your hearing ability. It might seem like amplifying sounds directly into your ear might be dangerous, but rest assured that with hearing aids, this is not the case. You hearing health professional will set the amplification volume to the level that is right for your needs and no louder.

It may seem like your hearing has worsened after you’ve been using your new devices for a few weeks, but this is a trick of perception. Once your brain is used to hearing better with your devices, the true severity of your hearing loss becomes noticeable.

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Q. Will wearing hearing aids make me dependent on them?

You may feel like you’re dependent on your hearing aids once you start using them, but that’s not a bad thing. It’s the same as being dependent on your own ears and hearing ability to experience the world around you.

In order to help you achieve a happier, healthier life, you should wear your hearing aids during all waking hours (except while you swim or shower, of course). This allows your brain to get used to hearing better, and you’ll be more satisfied with your devices as a result.

Q. Do hearing aids affect the enjoyment of music?

Yes... in a good way! Today’s hearing aids are perfect for music lovers. While hearing better means hearing music in finer detail, many of today’s hearing aids can also sync right to your smartphone and allow you to stream music directly into your ears.

Q. I can't hear high-pitched sounds well. Can hearing aids help?

The vast majority of people with hearing loss have high frequency loss. Many people can hear lower tones with no difficulty, but when it gets high pitched, they lose it.

Hearing aids can specifically address high frequency hearing loss. While no one can promise that hearing aids will restore every pitch or tone, we can promise that they’ll improve your hearing situation. Having an EarQ provider check your hearing and explain the options that fit your needs will help you find the devices that are right for you.

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