Hearing Aid FAQ

Hearing Aid FAQ

What are hearing aids?

Hearing aids are instruments that process sounds in order to enable those with hearing loss to hear more clearly.

Will wearing a hearing aid make me appear old or frail?

Today’s hearing aids are small and discreet, and some models are completely invisible to others. Besides, asking people to repeat themselves, responding inappropriately when others are talking and social withdrawal are more obvious indicators of hearing loss than wearing hearing aids.

What type of hearing aid is best for me?

Choosing a hearing aid can be a daunting task. Your audiologist will work closely with you to take into account several factors – the type and severity of your hearing loss, your lifestyle, the size and shape of your outer ears and inner ear canals and your manual dexterity – in order to determine the best hearing device for you.

What is a cochlear implant?

A cochlear implant is an electronic device that converts sound to digital signals that are sent to the brain, bypassing damaged nerve cells, where they are translated as sound. Whereas hearing aids amplify sounds, cochlear implants enable the user to understand speech and speak more clearly. They help patients with severe or profound hearing loss who can’t benefit from hearing aids.

What are assistive listening devices?

Assistive listening devices (ALDs) are portable amplifiers that may be used either in conjunction with hearing aids and cochlear implants or on their own. They are non-medical devices that can make it easier to follow conversations in certain environments where distance, competing distractions or poor acoustics are factors. They offer fewer features and benefits than hearing aids but can help in certain situations.

Call San Francisco Audiology at (415) 362-2901 for more information or to schedule an appointment.