Can hearing aids cause a “lazy ear”?

A. No, your ears will not become “dependent” on the instruments. When the device is removed, your hearing loss will be the same as before you inserted them.

Will my hearing aids restore my hearing to normal, like my eyeglasses do for vision loss?

A. As your glasses improve your ability to see, so will your hearing aids better your ability to hear. Your hearing aids are designed to bring your hearing back to a normal hearing range.

Is it difficult to adjust to wearing hearing aids?

A. Today’s hearing aids are both sophisticated and flexible. They can be adjusted to any hearing loss or environment. Making the adjustment to hearing aids is different for everyone. It is important to speak to your Canadian Hearing Institute professional about any concerns you may have. It is also important to be patient and persistent. You’ll be glad you did!  Return to top.

What can I expect in the first three months of having a hearing aid?

A. As is the case with most ‘new’ experiences, there will be an adjustment period and possibly some minor soreness. However, if this soreness persists after a couple of weeks, talk to your Canadian Hearing Institute professional. Adjustments can be made to your hearing device to increase comfort or it might be that you could be inserting it incorrectly.

What affects battery life?

A. This depends on a number of factors: the length of time you wear your hearing aids, the size of your hearing aid, the type of circuit you have, the size of battery you use, etc. Anticipated battery life will be explained during your assessment.

My hearing aid seems to be whistling, how can I fix that?

A. Whistling from your hearing aid is known as feedback. Please contact our professionals and we will provide you with a solution by checking that the hearing aid is properly fitted and the program setting is correct.

If I have a hearing loss, do I really need two hearing aids?

A. Our two ears receive sound and then transmit these sounds to the part of our brain that processes hearing. When our ears perceive a sound, the brain determines its direction. This is possible because one ear hears the sound a split second earlier and a little bit louder than the other. This localization ability alerts us, for example, to approaching cars when we cross a street.

Another important factor is sound quality, which is much better when we hear with both ears. Speech heard with only one ear can sound flat and strange.

Hearing aids are fitted to both ears if the hearing loss occurs on both sides maximizing sound quality and retaining the ability to detect which direction sounds are coming from.

How do I decide which style of hearing aid to purchase?

A. The professional staff at The Canadian Hearing Institute is trained to help you make this important decision.  They will consider the degree of your hearing loss, the shape of your ear, any special features you may require, your cosmetic preference and listening needs, and of course, cost.

How long do hearing aids last?

A. With proper maintenance, it is expected that hearing aids will last three to five years. However, there are a number of factors that determine the lifespan of any hearing device. Your hearing loss may continue to deteriorate and technology will advance, thus recommending replacement. The advancements will benefit your deterioration.