No one wants to wear a hearing aid, but everyone wants to hear.
Who would choose to wear glasses or contacts if they didn’t need to? Statistics show only 22% of individuals who could benefit from hearing aids actually use them. In many cases, concerns about cost, comfort and appearance are to blame. There are many people with hearing loss that don’t realize that they have a problem until they have it brought to their attention by someone else.
Your hearing aid should fit you, not the other way around!
At Hearing Doctors of Iowa, we don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach. Hearing testing and hearing aid fittings take precision. Careful selection of the best features in today’s technology to fit your unique lifestyle ensures that you are equipped with sound quality to power through your day.
What Determines the Cost of Hearing Aids?
Cost is determined by features and function. The more features you want and the higher level of performance you’d like, the more you’ll invest. Beware of cheap imitation “hearing aids” that are basic sound amplifiers and only turn up the volume on everything- background noise and fire sirens alike!
Where do your hearing aids come from?
The hearing aids fit at Hearing Doctors of Iowa are digital, programmable hearing aids researched and designed by reputable hearing technology manufacturers world-wide. As an independent audiology practice, we have access to all manufacturers of technology. We are not a franchise and we never lock the programming on your hearing aids with proprietary software. This gives you the freedom to have your hearing aids adjusted no matter where life takes you.
What will my hearing aid look like?
Hearing aids come in many sizes and styles. Based on your hearing loss and technology requirements, you may be a candidate for any style of hearing aid. Much like we can’t judge a book by its cover- the look of the instrument does not determine the technology inside. All hearing aids will have a microphone, amplifier, and speaker. But the “brains” of the hearing aid lie in the computer chip that powers it. Since the invention of digital hearing technology, hearing aids have gotten much smaller and much more comfortable to wear. The miniaturization of hearing instruments paved the way for invisible technology to penetrate the market in the last 5 years. Bluetooth connectivity between your electronics and hearing aids is now available in several hearing aid technology platforms. If you’re considering hearing aids, now is a very exciting time to get reconnected to life with better hearing!
Will my hearing loss be cured by the hearing aids?
The treatment of hearing loss is much like any rehabilitation process, it takes practice to get better. The moment the hearing aids are put into your ears, you will notice an improvement. The process of helping you adjust to the sounds you have been missing will take time. Be patient with yourself during this process. Hearing loss usually takes years to develop. It’s important to work closely with your doctor to make sure that you are comfortable, while still reaching your goals for better hearing. There technically isn’t a cure for hearing loss; however, hearing aids have come a long way in technological advances to improve your ability to hear in most environments.