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Hearing FAQs

Central Alabama Audiology is your destination for quality hearing healthcare. We have an open door policy, meaning we are always here to help you with any of your hearing needs. We understand hearing loss can be scary, and hearing aids can be confusing. That’s why below we’ve gathered some commonly asked questions our patients ask us. If you ever need help with your hearing loss, hearing aids, or just want to talk to us, please give us a call.

Commonly Asked Questions

Hearing aids typically last 5-7 years, however we do have some patients who’ve had their hearing aids for 10 years! Even though hearing aids will continue to work for the years to come, hearing aid manufacturers release technological advancements about every three years. Many patients upgrade their hearing aids between 3-5 years so they can experience the new technology and features while continuing to hear their absolute best.
Hearing aids used to be big and bulky. But today’s hearing aids are compact, sleek, and come in a variety of stylish colors. Hearing aids are technologically advanced and designed to be nearly invisible so no one will even know you’re wearing them, they’ll just notice you’re hearing better.
Although hearing aids will greatly improve your hearing ability and improve your overall quality of life, they will not cure your hearing loss. You will hear better when you are wearing your hearing aids, but they will not restore your natural hearing to how it used to be. However, the sooner you begin to wear hearing aids, the more you can delay symptoms of hearing loss.
We encourage you to bring a spouse or loved one with you to your appointment. Not only does this provide you with comfort, but they can also help us better understand your hearing loss and what environments you have trouble in. Bringing someone to your appointment also allows you to retain more information because they can help you remember all the information.
Hearing loss can be caused by a number of factors. Sometimes, hearing loss is genetic and purely the result of the aging process. Hearing loss can also be linked to loud-noise exposure which over time will cause damage to your hearing nerve. Some less common causes of hearing loss may be linked to high blood pressure, diabetes, or another medical condition. Regardless of how you think you might have developed your hearing loss, it is important to have your hearing checked to ensure your overall health.
It is important to remember that hearing aids do take some time to adjust to them. It’s not only your ears that need to adjust to hearing sounds again, but your brain as well. The more often you wear your hearing aids then the quicker you will adjust to them. Your brain has to get used to hearing and processing sounds again, so it can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months before you are fully adjusted. Our audiologist will help you every step of the way though to ensure you are on the right track to better hearing.
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