Do I Need an MD: Hearing Aid Questions Answered

Person holding hearing aid answering questions about hearing aids

 

At Advanced Affordable Hearing, we help people hear clearly again every day, and in the course of helping our customers, we hear a variety of questions about hearing loss and hearings aids.

Some questions are more common than others. To better help you in your hearing aid search, we have compiled a few of the questions that are asked most often when people call or contact us online. 

Do I Need an MD?  

No, you are not required to visit a doctor prior to ordering hearing aids from Advanced Affordable Hearing either over the phone or online. You can simply call us at 1 (800) 804-0434 and speak to our knowledgeable, friendly staff of sales agents ready to assist you.

Additionally, you can visit our website anytime, day or night to place an order for your new hearing aids. There is plenty of great information on the website that you can browse at your leisure. It’s an easy process that takes only a few minutes.  

Do I Need to Have My Hearing Aid Fitted?  

We will provide all the information you need to make sure your hearing aids fit along with your purchase. During the order process, whether it’s online or over the phone, we ask for your height, which we use to estimate the size of the hearing aid tubes you will need. If that size is incorrect when you receive the hearing aids, we request that the customer just give us a call and we can send another size to you right away! We are always happy to help.

In addition, we include a variety of domes with each order so you can test them out and find out which one works best for you. We’ve also created a video, The Best Fit, to help you in fitting your hearing aid yourself. 

 

Can I Just Buy One Hearing Aid?  

Of course. You can purchase just one hearing aid from us, and you will be able to choose whether to purchase the hearing aid for the left ear or the right ear.

However, while one hearing aid should work just fine for hearing loss in one ear, people often suffer from hearing loss in both ears since noise-related hearing loss and age-related hearing loss—two of the most common types of hearing loss—generally affect both ears.

For the best results, we highly recommend purchasing two hearing aids. Your brain is designed to use both ears working together to fully understand what you hear. Studies have shown that the benefit of wearing 2 hearing aids can be up to 3 times more than wearing just one.

To read more about how and why two hearing aids work better than one, read our article on the subject: Why Are Two Hearing Aids Better Than One? 

Do I Need a Hearing Test?  

We offer hearing aids that are pre-programmed to the most common type of hearing loss – which is high-frequency hearing loss.

Therefore, a hearing test is generally not required because we will not be setting up your hearing aid specific to your test. However, if you do have a hearing test, it is very helpful in determining which hearing aid will work best for your specific hearing loss.

We sometimes have customers send us hearing test results so we can make recommendations, and we are happy to do that! We want you to get the hearing device that will work best for you, and if you already know your hearing loss level, that helps a lot in making that choice.

If you don’t have a hearing test for us, we do recommend using our short Online Hearing Check before you buy to help you assess how severe your hearing loss is. It is not an official diagnosis and is used merely to help us (or you, if you are buying online) in deciding what hearing aid suits you best.  

Do Hearing Aids Help with Tinnitus?  

Yes, hearing aids have been shown to help with tinnitus. In fact, hearing aids are widely recommended for those with tinnitus.

According to the American Tinnitus Association, tinnitus is a product of maladaptive neuroplastic changes caused by hearing loss. People suffering from tinnitus often hear noises in the ears, like roaring, buzzing, whistling or ringing.

Hearing aids can help those suffering from tinnitus by masking the intrusive sounds. Read this article by the American Tinnitus Association for a more in-depth explanation. Their included survey of hearing health professionals revealed that about 60% of their tinnitus patients experienced at least some relief when wearing hearing aids, and 22% reported experiencing significant relief.  

Do Hearing Aids Really Make a Difference? Enough of a Difference to Spend Hundreds or Thousands of Dollars on a Pair? 

Hearing aids have been shown to improve quality of life in those with hearing loss. In fact, those with hearing loss who use hearing aids have been shown to suffer less from depression and social isolation, meaning you could live a happier life overall thanks to wearing hearing devices.

Wearing hearing aids can also improve your relationships and make communication between you and your family and friends easier. And the best part is, you don’t have to spend thousands to hear better. There are high quality, affordable hearing aid options available that won’t break the bank.

If you have any questions about hearing aids and your hearing loss, don’t hesitate to contact us at 1 (800) 804-0434. Our dedicated customer service and sales professionals are happy to help you choose a hearing aid that’s appropriate for your hearing loss and situation. 


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