Hearing FAQs

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Hearing Aid FAQs

At Best Life Hearing Center, we educate our patients on their hearing health. Below we’ve gathered some questions our patients have asked us. If you have a question you don’t see below, then please contact us today. We want to help you achieve your best life possible through better hearing. We are happy to answer any of your questions and help you feel at ease.

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Commonly Asked Questions

Hearing aids typically last 5 years. Depending on how well you care for you devices, your hearing aids could last for much longer. Most patients choose to upgrade their hearing aids after 5 years to take advantage of the newest technology. As long as you take good care of your hearing aids and bring them in for regular maintenance and cleanings, then they should last you for years.

We encourage you to bring a loved one with you to your appointment. Although it is not required to bring someone, having a familiar face often helps you feel more comfortable. Plus, a loved one will know how long you have had trouble hearing and can provide some additional insight for us. 

Sometimes it can be difficult to convince your loved one that they need to have their hearing checked. They might feel embarrassed, apprehensive, or they might be in denial. It’s important to be encouraging to them. Suggest they have their hearing evaluated and offer to go with them to the appointment. We will talk to them and help them understand why it’s important to manage hearing loss sooner rather than later. 

We measure sound in units called decibels (dB). Using this rubric, when we increase sound by 3dB, it means that a sound is twice as powerful. The length of noise exposure matters as well. The longer you are exposed to noises over 85 dB then the more likely you can cause damage to your hearing. Some common sounds and their decibel equivalent are shown here:

  • Normal conversation – 60 dB
  • Heavy city traffic – 85 dB
  • Average music through earbuds – 90 dB
  • Motorcycle – 100 dB
  • Rock concert – 110 dB

Today’s hearing aids feature advanced technology and are incredibly sleek in design. Some people imagine hearing aids from the past which were big and clunky. Today’s hearing aids are small and come in a variety of colors and styles to suit your unique preferences. There are even hearing aids that are nearly invisible, so no one will even notice you’re wearing them.

Some hearing aids now feature Bluetooth connectivity. This means you can connect your hearing aids directly to your smartphone or TV, allowing you to stream phone calls, music, and other audio. Bluetooth enabled hearing aids are a great way for people to have a seamless listening experience. Ask us about Bluetooth hearing aids and if they would be a good fit for your degree of hearing loss and lifestyle.

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