Frequently Asked Questions

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Q. How can I be sure I need a hearing aid?

There are a few warning signs to pay attention to including:

  • Turning the volume of the TV louder than others prefer
  • Thinking that people are mumbling or slurring their words
  • Asking people to repeat or clarify what they have said to you
  • Being told by others you have selective hearing

Q. Can I put off getting hearing aids if I need them?

Early adaptation of hearing aids can lead to the greatest long-term benefit. Remember, hearing aids cannot restore your hearing to normal; however, they can help lessen the consequences of hearing loss and add strength to the hearing you have left. It is sad to live a life that is not at its fullest, so the best time to take action is now.

Q. How are hearing and understanding speech related?

Understanding words and sentences is a function of your brain. Your ears collect sound, transform it into nerve impulses, and send them to the brain where understanding takes place. If damage to the nerves (cilia) has occurred, understanding may become difficult or sometimes impossible because parts of the sound are missing. A properly fitted digital hearing aid is designed to compensate for a loss of sound and may improve your ability to understand again.

Q. Will hearing technology help me understand speech more clearly in a crowd?

Much of the noise in our surroundings is low-toned and tends to compete with weaker, high-toned sounds that give speech meaning. The latest development to solve hearing and understanding problems in a crowd is the technology within today's hearing aids for noise reduction and speech preservation management. These advanced digital systems reduce noise between syllables with maximum comfort and work to deliver the clearest speech possible, even in the noisiest environments. Although noise is not eliminated, it can be managed like never before. Ask us about this during your visit!

Q. I have been told that I have nerve deafness. Can hearing aids help?

Most hearing aid users suffer from this type of loss. Medical experts generally agree that no effective medical treatment has been found for nerve deafness. If you are one of the estimated 40 million Americans who suffer from this kind of hearing loss, you should consult a hearing professional. Hearing help is available!

Q. A doctor told me hearing aids won’t help. What can I do?

Breakthrough technological advances have given many people the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of hearing aids . Although some people may not be helped by hearing aids, you should be given a thorough test from a hearing care professional to baseline your hearing and discuss your options for improvment.

Q. Hearing aids are so small and expensive. Why do some cost more than others?

Hearing losses are as different as fingerprints. With most patients, it entails the selection of a precise digital device specifically designed for that individual. Based on the patients specific needs or performance expectations, the cost may vary from the style or type selected.

Q. Do I have to wear a hearing aid in both ears?

When both ears are impaired, two-ear assistance may be superior to that of a single instrument. This will provide balanced hearing and may help preserve speech activity in both ears.

Q. Are hearing aids hard to wear?

At one time, the only hearing aids available were bulky and uncomfortable to wear. Now, you may be fit with hearing instruments that are custom-built to fit entirely within your ear canal. Wearing traditional, bulky devices is no longer a concern with the advancements in hearing aid design. Award-winning designs have proven to be aesthetically appealing, as well as fashionable.

Q. My hearing is getting worse. If I get hearing aids, won’t I just have to replace them later?

A hearing instrument is normally fitted with updatable prescriptions, which to a degree, may be adjusted to your changing hearing loss.

Q. What payment options do you accept?

We accept:

  • All major credit cards, cash, and personal checks.
  • We are a trusted partner with the CareCredit program*, a medical credit card, to which you can apply for in any of our offices, or online to get pre-approved!

* Based on individual credit approval.

Q. What can I expect once I make an appointment?

  • Hearing Analysis - We will perform a visual examination of your ear canal, evaluate your current hearing abilities, and determine the type of hearing loss you may have.
  • Lifestyle Discussion - We will ask about the types of sound environments you frequent, which will help us understand the level of technology best suited for your lifestyle.
  • Hearing Aid Options - We will show you the hearing aids that are best suited for your hearing loss.
  • Value - We will help you choose the best hearing instrument to fit your budget.

Hearing Aid Tips

Hearing aids are an investment, and we want to help you make the most of that investment. See below for some helpful tips regarding your hearing aid technology.

Dehumidify your hearing aid

1: Understand hearing aid maintenance and warranty plans

To extend the lifetime of each hearing aid, your devices will require battery changes or frequent charging as well as nightly cleaning and repairs over time. These delicate devices offer advanced technology but can be affected by humidity, exposure to water or sweat, and natural wear and tear. Since you will be wearing your hearing aids regularly, it’s important to keep them in proper working order so you hear clearly and they function appropriately.

Each hearing aid, no matter the style or price point, should come with its own warranty plan. These plans provide servicing and repairs for one to three years after purchase. Extended warranties are available at our Lifetime Hearing offices in the Dallas Fort Worth area which cover more extensive repairs, servicing, or if your hearing aids become lost or damaged.

Adjusting to hearing aids

2: There is a hearing aid adjustment period

Each new hearing aid wearer should be aware that first-time users will experience a hearing aid adjustment period. Since you have been living your daily life with your hearing loss and symptoms, it will take some time to adjust to amplified and clearer sounds throughout your day. This adjustment period usually lasts for a few weeks up to a month and requires you to wear your hearing aids gradually over time as you become accustomed to the new sounds, noises, and sensations. If you have any difficulty during this time, you can contact any of our Lifetime Hearing offices for advice on how to reduce any negative effects you may be experiencing.

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3: There may be side effects to using your hearing aids

As a new hearing aid wearer, you may experience some side effects as you get used to wearing your devices daily. A common side effect is difficulty adjusting to the environment around you. This can be remedied by taking your time and being patient as well as adding hearing aid practice exercises into your daily routine. It’s important not to change the volume of your hearing aids throughout the day, as this can add to your difficulty adjusting to the sounds and environments at their normal levels.

Another side effect is irritation from wearing your devices all day. This can be reduced by making sure to clean each hearing aid nightly, or as instructed by your audiologist. For assistance with side effects contact your local Lifetime Hearing office.

4: Hearing aids may affect your earwax

Earwax may become a problem as you wear your hearing aids for extended periods of time. Much like when you wear headphones, depending on the style, your hearing aids may block the airflow to your ears, which can lead to a buildup of earwax. Hearing aid technology is designed to handle some earwax, and regular cleaning can reduce the buildup on your devices. If you feel you are experiencing an abnormal amount of earwax, don’t try to clean your ears yourself. Call one of our Lifetime Hearing offices from our new Fort Worth location as well as our offices in Arlington, Bedford, Burleson, Cleburne, and Denton, to make an appointment to have your ears professionally cleaned.

Hearing Loss

Signs Reasons Effects

Signs of Hearing Loss

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You may Be Experiencing Hearing Loss If:

  • You frequently ask people to repeat themselves
  • You turn up the TV volume so that it is uncomfortable for others
  • You can hear people speaking, but strain to understand their words
  • You find yourself complaining that people mumble
  • You cannot understand conversation in groups
  • You have difficulty hearing or understanding conversation in restaurants or other noisy places
  • You find it easier to understand people when they look directly at you
  • You watch people’s lips to understand words
  • You don’t always hear the phone or doorbell ring clearly
  • It has become difficult to understand a speaker at a business meeting or service
  • You often hear a ringing or buzzing in your ears
  • You might notice a slight muffling of sound after noise exposure
  • It can be difficult to hear or understand people when you leave a noisy area.

If you or a loved one are experiencing any of these signs of hearing loss, you should visit one of our convenient locations for a free hearing evaluation.

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