How much do hearing aids cost?
Hearing aid prices widely vary. This is because of the extensive array of technology levels and styles of hearing aids available. Once you have been seen by an Audiologist for a hearing evaluation, he or she can explain your options and help you decide which best suits your lifestyle. You can find more information about hearing aid costs here.
Is there any government assistance for hearing aids?
There are a many government funding programs available for the purchase of hearing aids. Anyone with OHIP is eligible for funding through the Assistive Devices Program (ADP) to cover a portion of the cost of both hearing aids, and other related devices. This funding is currently available every five years.
What is the difference between digital hearing aids and regular hearing aids?
Digital hearing aids have been around since the late nineties. The important benefit of them is that we have more control over how the hearing aids sound. The other benefits include helping you hear better in background noise and reducing annoying feedback noise, etc.
Why do I only have trouble hearing in background noise?
Even those with normal hearing have some difficulty understanding in crowds or group conversations, however, this can become more challenging as we age. Age-related hearing loss happens so gradually, we often do not realize there is a problem for years. Unfortunately, age related loss reduces our ability to hear certain sounds that are very important for speech understanding. Any background noise will also reduce speech understanding in the same way. If this sounds familiar, we would be happy to test your hearing and explain the results.
Why should I purchase a hearing aid for both ears?
There are many important reasons! For one, you can expect to understand much more in background noise with two hearing aids, over just one.
Another reason is improved sound localization. What this means is that you will be able to tell where a sound is coming from. If you have one hearing aid, then you will receive more sound on that side, and consequently experience some confusion about the location of a sound or voice.
Additionally, wearing hearing aids on both ears (when possible), ensures that you will keep your brain “in shape” to hear as well as possible for sounds coming in both ears. In the case of only wearing one hearing aid, your brain may not be able to process and identify sounds coming in the unaided ear as efficiently as it once did.
My audiologist recommended hearing aids. I would rather wait a few years. Are there any problems with putting them off?
Unfortunately, the phrase “use it or lose it” definitely applies here. As your hearing loss naturally progresses through the aging process, your brain is gradually deprived of certain sounds your ears are no longer able to pick up. Examples include everything from soft sounds of voices, the birds, to the squeaks in your floor. The longer your brain is deprived of these sounds, the harder it is to get used to hearing aids and re-train your brain to quickly and accurately identify these sounds again. Putting it off may be tempting, but does not make the process any easier in the long run.