Hearing Aid FAQs

If you’ve never used a hearing aid before, the process may seem a little daunting. Will the device be uncomfortable? Will your friends notice your bulky new accessory? It’s normal to have questions and with over 40 years of experience, we’ve heard them all at Canary Hearing. These are just a few of the most common questions that we frequently hear from our clients in Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, and the Eastern Shore of Maryland about hearing aids:

Will a hearing aid fix my hearing?

Hearing impairment and loss occurs when irreparable damage has been caused to your inner ear. A hearing aid cannot heal this damage, but it can help you cope by improving your hearing and comprehension abilities.

Can I save money by purchasing a hearing aid online?

Most people wind up spending more money in the long term buying hearing aids online than they would if they sought the care of an experienced professional.  Hearing aids bought online as a commodity are rarely fit or adjusted properly and often do not meet a persons expectations. This is simply because most people are not capable of fitting themselves with hearing aids.  Online hearing aid companies must convince people that hearing loss is a simple condition like presbyopia that can be treated the way presbyopia can be treated with common reading glasses.  Online hearing aid companies  treat hearing aids as a commodity, ignoring the fact that to be successful with hearing aids most people must go through a process of careful testing, fitting, acclimating and fine tuning that normally takes six to eight weeks under the care of a trained professional.  After a successful fitting is achieved,  regular follow-up care for maintenance and fine tuning is important for a person to continue hearing optimally.  If you decide to “roll the dice” and purchase hearing aids online be sure to acquaint yourself with the return policy.

My hearing loss is mild. Do I really need a hearing aid?

You may be surprised to realize how much a hearing aid can improve your quality of life even if your hearing loss is minimal. By working with an experienced professional, they will be able to help you determine how much a hearing aid will help and whether one is needed in your situation.

Aren’t hearing aids big, clunky, and uncomfortable?

Hearing aid technology has rapidly advanced over the past few decades so devices are now smaller and more comfortable than ever. In addition, some styles of hearing aids include helpful built-in features such as wireless connectivity that will make your life easier. If aesthetics are a concern, Canary Hearing offers many hearing aids that are so small they are virtually unnoticeable.

Won’t a hearing aid damage my hearing?

A hearing aid that has been properly fitted to you, programmed for your needs, and correctly maintained will not damage your hearing or cause further hearing loss.

Which hearing aid is best for me?

Your hearing needs are incredibly personal and unique to you, so there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this questions. That’s why it’s so important to seek out the help of an experienced professional who will help you determine the best option for you.