Hearing Aid FAQ
What is the best hearing aid?
There is no one style or brand of hearing aid that is considered the “best.” What works well for your spouse or friend may not be right for you.
You should rely on the audiologist to help you select a hearing aid system based on YOUR hearing needs and concerns, and any financial constraints. Even after careful consideration, however, don’t be surprised if it takes a few visits before you really feel as though you and your hearing aids are “friends.”
What types of hearing aids does Franklin Hearing Center carry?
Our office carries all circuits and styles that are currently available. Since we are an independent office, we are not restricted to one brand. This means we can help you to choose what is most appropriate and customize it to your specific hearing loss, your lifestyle and your financial concerns. Brands currently dispensed through this office include (but are not limited to): Lyric, Oticon, Phonak, ReSound, Signia (formerly Siemens), and Starkey.
Do any of the hearing aids Franklin Hearing Center carry have wireless capabilities?
YES!! Many of the newer hearing aids on the market today can easily be paired with your cellphone, TV and other devices so that the conversations, television programs, meetings, etc., stream directly to your hearing aids. Let us know your needs and we will find a solution.
Is Franklin Hearing Center a certified Lyric provider?
YES! Lyric is the world’s first 100% invisible extended wear hearing device. Lyric can be used 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for up to 4 months at a time (individual replacement needs may vary.) Lyric is not appropriate for all individuals; make an appointment with us today to determine if Lyric is right for you. For more information about Lyric Hearing Aids, see www.lyrichearing.com
Do you offer an evaluation period with new purchases?
YES! Any hearing aid or assistive listening device purchase automatically comes with an evaluation period.
Does Medicare cover the cost of hearing testing and hearing aids?
Medicare and your supplemental insurance will cover most of the cost of a diagnostic hearing evaluation if you are referred by a physician for this test. Medicare will not cover the cost of testing to determine if you can benefit from hearing aids or the actual hearing aids. Many people do have additional policies which cover some or all of the cost of hearing aids. Please check your particular policy for additional information. Our office can also help you with this call.
Can I just come and talk about hearing/hearing aids without getting a hearing test?
YES! There is no charge or obligation for this consultation and the audiologist will give you as much information as possible and answer any questions you may have. Just give our office a call to set up an appointment.
Can I just get by wearing one hearing aid?
As nature intended, hearing with two ears allows you to enjoy more natural sound.
Two hearing aids will:
- improve understanding
- provide for less-stressful listening
- help with localization
- keep both ears active
- cushion loud sound
- better sound identification
Any suggestions for getting used to my new hearing aids?
- Start out on the right foot — Remember, your goal is to improve your hearing. Unfortunately, a complete return to the hearing of your youth is not likely, so try and keep your expectations realistic.
- Feel free to ask any questions — Always attend any recommended follow-up and maintenance sessions. This will allow the audiologist to keep your hearing aids working well, and give you the opportunity to voice any concerns you may have.
- Read up — Like any sophisticated piece of equipment, hearing aids provide the best results when used properly. Read the manual!
- Be patient — Your brain may take a while to get accustomed to hearing again. Some insignificant sounds may appear too loud at first until your brain learns to screen them out in preference to more important sounds. This is completely natural and shouldn’t cause concern.
- Be consistent — For best results, wear your aids every day. If you wear them only occasionally, or continually take them in or out, you are “teasing” your brain. That’s not harmful, but you most likely will not get the best hearing improvement this way.
- Give them TLC — Give your hearing aids tender loving care and they will reciprocate. Your manual contains tips for the best care of your hearing aids, such as keeping them dry and clean. Cerumen (ear wax) can reduce your aids’ efficiency and even cause them to malfunction.
What about hearing aid batteries?
Fresh hearing aid batteries are always available at this office. The size of the battery your hearing aid uses and its battery life depends on the size of the hearing aid and its circuit requirement. Store batteries in a dry location at room temperature in their original protective package. Do not put them in the refrigerator. It is a good practice to open the door on the hearing aid to disconnect the battery when it is not in use to be sure that the hearing aid is not draining the battery unnecessarily.
Hearing aid batteries can be dangerous if swallowed or used improperly. Always keep them out of the reach of anyone who might swallow them, especially children.
IN THE EVENT THAT A BATTERY IS SWALLOWED, CALL THE NATIONAL BUTTON BATTERY INGESTION HOTLINE: 202-625-3333