How do I know if I have hearing loss?
Hearing loss occurs to most people as they age. Hearing loss can be due to the aging process, exposure to loud noise, certain medications, infections, head or ear trauma, congenital(birth or prenatal or hereditary factors, diseases, as well as a number of other causes. In the year 2001, there are some 28 million people in the USA with hearing loss. Hearing loss is the single most common birth "defect" in America. Hearing loss in adults, particularly in seniors, is common.
- You may have hearing loss if...
- You hear people speaking but you have to strain to understand their words.
- You frequently ask people to repeat what they said.
- You don't laugh at jokes because you miss too much of the story or the punch line.
- You frequently complain that people mumble.
- You need to ask others about the details of a meeting you just attended.
- You play the TV or radio louder than your friends, spouse and relatives.
- You cannot hear the doorbell or the telephone.
- You find that looking at people when they speak to you makes it easier to understand.
If you have any of these symptoms, you should see an audiologist to get an "audiometric evaluation." An audiometric evaluation (AE) is the term used to describe a diagnostic hearing test, performed by a licensed audiologist. An AE is not just pressing the button when you hear a "beep." Rather, an audiometric evaluation allows the audiologist to determine the type and degree of your hearing loss, and it tells the audiologist how well or how poorly you understand speech. After all, speech is the single most important sound, and the ability to understand speech is extremely important. The AE also includes a thorough case history (interview) as well as visual inspection of the ear canals and eardrum. The results of the AE are useful to the physician should the audiologist conclude that your hearing problem may be treated with medical or surgical alternatives.
What are "open-fit" style hearing aids?
Open-fit style hearing aids are miniature behind-the-ear devices that are virtually invisible when worn and possibly the most comfortable hearing aids available. Open-fit hearing aids are worn mostly by people with high frequency hearing loss. A somewhat common problem for people with this type of hearing loss is experiencing a "stopped up" feeling when wearing traditional hearing aids. Open-fit hearing aids virtually eliminate this by placing a very thin piece of tubing in the ear canal leaving it "open" to hear some sounds normally but presenting other sounds that require amplification. Sophisticated digital circuitry allows this to work with essentially no feedback.
How much do our hearing aids cost?
Our prices range from $570.00 to $2,799.00 per hearing aid and include the following:
- Online Hearing Aid Assistant gives immeadiate reccomendations for hearing aid that will suit you best
- Delivery and programming of the hearing aid(s)
- In-office and toll free phone follow-up service and support for life of the hearing aid
- 45-day trial period
Minimum 2-year factory warranty
Why purchase from Hearing Center USA?
Hearing Center USA provides the first-ever online hearing aid reccomendation assistant. This enables you to input your audiogram data or lifestyle and instantly find the hearing aid that suits you best. We also believe that along with affordability and convenience provided by an online store, there should be the security and follow-up support of an office. We have a physical office for any questions, concerns, or support you may need. We feel that purchasing hearing aids should be stress and hassle free, that's we offer so much information and follow-up support. We want you, the customer, to be satisfied and secure in your purchase.
What if I have questions or need help after I've had the hearing aid for a while?
We offer a toll free number for lifetime hearing aid support, as well as, having a physical office where you can be seen by our audiologist upon appointment. Our office is conveniently located at the center of Washington, D.C's business district and is easily accessible by the Metro rail system.
How much time is needed to adapt to a hearing aid?
While each person's experience will vary, hearing aids may allow a person to experience certain sounds they had never heard before (or at least for some time. Relearning takes place in the central auditory nervous system and not in the ear itself. Recent experiments suggest that a listener's ability to comprehend speech may continue to increase over a period of several months when wearing a new amplification system. This process is termed acclimatization. Most dispensing audiologists currently allow for a trial or adjustment period with new hearing aid.
How long does a hearing aid normally last?
A hearing aid's life expectancy is typically 3-5 years.
How long do hearing aid batteries last?
This depends on the individual hearing aid and usage. Some hearing aids use more power therefore draining the battery faster. Batteries can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Be sure to read through the information provided with the hearing aid and batteries in order to maximize battery life.
What type of battery does or will my hearing aid need?
Every hearing aid takes a specific batter size. Recently, companies have color-coded each size in order to make purchasing batteries easier. The battery size of your individual hearing aid can be found in the user manual.
Red - Size 5
Yellow - Size 10 (230)
Orange - Size 13
Brown - Size 312
Blue - Size 675.