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Frequently Asked Questions

Expert information and advice from a leading Melbourne-based university qualified and experienced Clinical Audiologist, this section is made available to help answer some of the most common questions our clients have.

* Do I have to wear the hearing aids all the time?

The short answer is No, but, and of course there is a “BUT”…long-term wear offers significant advantages.

I tell my clients that “you’re hearing is you’re hearing, no-one else’s. I am here to offer you my clinical knowledge and advice such that you can choose which parts are relevant to you in your life.” The benefit of only wearing them when you ‘need’ them may be that you are not inconvenienced by more care and maintenance or spending as much on batteries and other consumable components, like filters and domes, custom tips (whichever are relevant to your prescription). However, there is a greater up-side;

  • Regular wear allows the hearing technology that has been designed for you to stimulate your auditory system with requisite and complementary sound. This regular stimulation provides the opportunity for neuroplasticity (the brains ability to form new neural connections in the presence of sensory damage such as a partial hearing loss) to take place and these new neural connections are what is relied upon in situations where following the conversation is challenging, such as in restaurants.
  • Regular wear, and especially if you start sooner than later on in life, has been scientifically proven to slow the rate of natural hearing decline that we are all subject to.
  • Regular wear, and especially if you start sooner than later on in life, has been scientifically proven to reduce the perception and annoyance of tinnitus, which is very commonly associated with a hearing loss, in more than 80% of hearing impaired tinnitus sufferers.
  • Regular wear, and especially if you start sooner than later on in life, has been scientifically proven to reduce the onset of dementia, Alzheimers, reduce chronic depression and anxiety.
  • Regular wear, and especially if you start sooner than later on in life, has been scientifically proven to increase one’s sense of wellbeing, overall economic productivity, sustain better relationships and improve one’s quality of life. So, there are some really nice upside benefits of regular wear.It is your Audiologists’ responsibility to ensure that your solution is appropriate, comfortable and effective such that regular wear is easy so if this is not the case, contact your clinic.

* Is there any issue with me waiting before I get hearing aids?

The short answer is No, not in the immediate short-term, but, and of course there is a “BUT”…enhancing your hearing ability sooner rather than later offers significant advantages. These are outlined in the question entitled “Do I have to wear the hearing aids all the time?”

* Where do I start when trying to work out what hearing aid to buy?

This is really difficult for people I talk to almost every day and that’s because I believe that the hearing industry is clever (*generally) at offering incredible hearing solutions but not very smart (*generally) at connecting consumers to them. We think that Audiologists and the industry in general is just not very good at sharing knowledge and making available the most useful information for consumers. However, to answer this question, this is our recommendation;

  • Read the websites of independent clinics, Audiologists and organisations related to hearing like the Tinnitus Association, Meneire’s Organisation and try to understand as much as you can. Pick up the phone or email professionals to ask specific questions
  • Find a local professional and, ideally, an independent clinic with an Audiologist whom you feel is competent at their job. Be assessed and understand your hearing status. If you feel this outcome was flawed in any way, get a second opinion at another clinic.
  • Request an appraisal of all your options moving forward, a prescription for treatment/products and explanation as to why they landed on that prescription
  • Ask who owns the clinic and if they have any form of incentive to prescribe as they have
  • Repeat for a second opinion if you feel necessary. By this time you should feel confident o make a decision that suits your needs.

* When do you know that it is time to get a hearing aid?

The real quick answer is when your hearing is having an impact on your quality of life.

If you experience some lack of hearing or mis-hearing situations but these are not bothersome to you (or others!) and you do not feel disadvantaged relative to those around you (or don’t care too much about it) then our advice would be to go along and have a hearing test to understand where your hearing health status is at. This will give you a benchmark against which to measure any possible later decline and a chance to ask the Audiologist about it. You’ll be informed and can make a decision from there if it is time for you to proceed with hearing aids.

* Do other people worry about what hearing aids look like or is it just me?

As a specialist clinic in world-leading invisible hearing technologies, it is a ‘thing’, you’re not alone. Our business is designed around exactly those concerns. We’re happy to help you work out if you’re a candidate for these tiny device options, of which there are now several.

* What is it going to cost ongoing to run hearing aids?

The short answer is approximately $50-70 per year for a pair of devices. This would include batteries and filters, which capture wax and debris and need to be changed monthly. All leading companies offer a minimum 3 year product warranty, so any repairs or damages are normally taken care of at no charge via your clinic. But understand the ‘fine-print’ about what the manufacturer excludes. Some include receivers (the speaker component) and some restrict the warranty to 12 months then charge up to $200 per receiver beyond that. After the 3 year warranty period and if you are looking after your devices well by keeping them clean and dry, most of our clients would spend on average $100 per year on a pair to be maintained by the manufacturer. Most people however, are well into the swing of things by maintaining them properly and do not need to spend anything on repairs until the end-of-product-life time nears (approx. 5-6 years).

* How often do I have to change my hearing aid battery?

A quick answer is approx. one week with daily use. The full answer is that this depends on the usage, the size of the battery, the processing drain on it (more sophisticated devices occasionally drain more because they are processing more clear speech) and the level of your hearing loss. Let us explain. We have clients that have one ear that hears better than the other and often the ear with the worse hearing (assuming they are fitted with the same model, which is best for balance and clarity) will run low on battery first because the current drain is higher to compensate for a greater hearing loss. Most clients just use that to signal a change in both devices to save the inconvenience of soon running low in the other and not having a battery around for it.

* Are hearing aid batteries rechargeable or recyclable?

Some companies make a rechargeable battery, but not all. These all require a proprietary battery charging dock and the batteries will need to be replaced every approx. 18 months. These are great for those who want to be a little “greener” and/or whom have reduced dexterity and would find opening and closing the battery compartment inconvenient.

There are some recycling drop points and you can discard them along with other battery types. Most of the best hearing aid batteries are Zinc-Air.

* Can I be fitted in Melbourne and find a professional clinic back home (overseas) for ongoing support?

Yes. We regularly see overseas residents, particularly Chinese residents, who are on holiday here in Melbourne visiting family (often Chinese students and their families). We know that all of our clients want the very best quality hearing aid technology in Melbourne and the very best professional Audiology and hearing services in Melbourne. This is often because our overseas clients feel that the hearing aid product quality and the hearing aid services delivered by the hearing care professional is sub-standard or poor quality in their home country compared to what is available here in Melbourne. Hearing Studio has specific services and product packages tailored to the requirements of overseas residents and we are able to connect you to a local professional clinic reommended in your area back home.

Ask to speak with us today so that we can explain to you and your family how we can provide the very best quality hearing aid devices and technologies available, from the best manufacturers in the world. Our experienced, university-qualified Audiology professionals will expertly tailor the best solution for you, and fit it promptly.

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