Are cochlear implants compatible with FM systems?

Most audio processors in cochlear implants are compatible with FM technology. Always consult your audiologist for detailed information. 

Should I regularly follow-up after getting my hearing instruments fitted?

Follow-up is the most important aspect of any hearing instrument fitting, as hearing instruments require a period of re-training your hearing. Additionally, periodic adjustments may be required to optimize performance, since the characteristics of the hearing loss might change over time, as might your preference in different listening situations.  

How can I take care of my hearing instruments?

The following tips can help extend the lifespan of your hearing instruments:
a. Clean the hearing aids as instructed by the audiologist, as wax accumulation can damage your hearing instruments, especially the ones placed in the ear.
b. Avoid hairspray and other hair products while wearing the hearing instruments.
c. Switch off the hearing instruments when not in use; this also extends the battery life.
d. Keep the hearing instruments away from moisture and heat.
e. Replace dead batteries immediately.
f.  Keep the hearing instruments and batteries in a secure location away from young children.
g. Meet your audiologist every few months to have the hearing instruments regularly checked and cleaned. 

Are hearing instruments difficult to manage and deal with?

There is a wide variety of discrete and comfortable options that are, in most cases, virtually unnoticeable and require only cleaning and battery replacement by the patient as everything is operated automatically. 

Does the use of hearing instruments deteriorate my hearing loss?

No. The use of hearing instruments not only improves your quality of life, enhances your communication capabilities and assists you in better understanding speech, but it also stimulates your ears and prevents further and rapid deterioration of your hearing.

If I don’t use the hearing instruments would my hearing loss deteriorate?

Untreated hearing loss can progress, in some cases rapidly, resulting in a condition known as ‘auditory deprivation’, which leads to the person’s inability to distinguish and understand certain words.  

My hearing loss is not that significant and I can manage. Why should I bother to get a hearing instrument?

Untreated hearing loss can progress, in some cases rapidly, resulting in a condition known as ‘auditory deprivation’, which leads to the person’s inability to distinguish and understand certain words.  

How often should I have my hearing checked?

Patients are recommended to have their hearing checked on an annual basis, especially if hearing loss has already been established in a previous hearing test. 

How long do hearing aids last and remain functional?

The average lifespan of hearing instruments is approximately five years depending on how well the user takes care of the hearing instrument.  

Is it necessary to use hearing aids in both ears?

If the hearing loss exists in both ears then the answer is simply yes. There are a number of reasons why two hearing instruments can be better than one:

a.  They offer better hearing when background noise is present.

b.  You get an improved sense of where sounds are coming from.

c.  They prevent the possible deterioration of the unaided ear.  

How long does the hearing test last?

Testing an adult typically takes between 20 to 30 minutes. Testing children can take longer, reaching almost an hour, and might even require several sessions to be completed, depending on the child’s cooperation. 

Which type of hearing aid work best for me?

Hearing instruments are available in different sizes and styles and are classified according to their performance capabilities. Your audiologist is most suited and qualified to give you the best advice on which instrument to pick based on several variables. These include: Your degree and nature of hearing loss, the listening environments you are usually present in, the required communication options within the hearing instruments, cosmetic concerns, dexterity issues if present, and budget. 

Why do hearing aids vary in price?

Hearing instruments come in a wide range of technological advancements and performance capabilities, thus resulting in devices that vary in cost.  

Do hearing tests hurt?

The wide variety of hearing tests implemented on adults and children do not cause any pain. 

Would a hearing instrument fall off the user’s ears?

Hearing instruments are custom-designed, taking into account the patient’s ear size and shape. Therefore, the end product is a hearing instrument that is designed to fit perfectly into the patient’s ear.  

Are hearing instruments and cochlear implants water resistant?

The newly advanced hearing instruments’ and cochlear implants’ audio processors are not meant to be used under water while swimming or taking a shower, yet they can withstand damaging factors like sweat and dirt imposed on audio processors during long usage hours.   

What is the average lifespan of a hearing instrument’s battery and can it be recharged?

a.  Battery used for in-the-ear hearing instruments: between five and seven days

b.  Battery used in behind-the-ear hearing instruments: seven to 10 days

c.  Rechargeable batteries are available for selected items.

Can hearing aids make my hearing worse?

When correctly selected, fitted, programmed and used, a hearing instrument can never make your hearing worse. It actually provides the needed amplification to cover your hearing needs in different listening situations, and helps preserve the ability to understand speech by keeping sensory cells active. 

Who is an audiologist?

An audiologist is a healthcare professional who diagnoses, evaluates and manages hearing loss and balance disorders in adults and children based on his/her extensive experience, training and skills.