Frequently Asked Questions on Hearing Aids and Hearing Loss
We are asked many questions about either hearing aids or hearing loss every day. Here are some of the most common questions, paired with their answers.
Question: How do I know if I might need hearing aids?
Answer: If you are having a difficult time hearing or understanding human speech, you may be a candidate for hearing aids. An audiologist or hearing instrument specialist can perform a series of tests to find out what frequencies and types of words you have the most difficulty with.
Take this quick online survey to find out some basic questions that may indicate you need to try hearing aids.
Question: Am I at risk for hearing loss?
Answer: If you regularly are in noisy environments like busy streets, concerts, construction sites, or any place where guns are fired (military service, hunting, police work), you are likely at risk for hearing loss. Hearing loss typically doesn't happen all at once, it is caused by a lifetime of improper hearing safety and damage to your hearing system. Old age is also a very common cause of hearing loss, and when this occurs it is called presbycusis.
To learn about proper hearing safety, please read our article published on ClearValue Hearing.
Question: What should I expect during a hearing test?
Answer: Your provider will ask you background questions to learn about your hearing history. Next, you will be given a hearing exam where they will look inside your ear, possibly with a video otoscope so you are able to see the inside of your own ears. All hearing professionals typically provide a pure-tone audiometry test to identify exactly which frequencies you have difficulty understanding.
For a more in depth explanation of what a hearing test is, and what most hearing care providers do to measure your hearing loss, please read our article here.
Question: How much do hearing aids cost?
Answer: All hearing aid prices depend on the technology involved and the aftercare necessary to make them work for your ears. Most audiologists and hearing aid specialists bundle their services in with the price of a hearing aid. In the United States, you can expect to pay between $2,000 and $8,000 for a new set of hearing aids, depending on your situation. Online hearing aids typically are roughly the same price as hearing aids bought in an office, as they don't come with hands-on service.
To learn more about the different types of hearing aids available, you should consult your local audiologist or hearing aid specialist. For an overview of the hearing aids offered by ASI Audiology, please read our article on Hearing Aid Technology.
Question: Can I try a hearing aid before I make a decision to purchase?
Answer: Many hearing aid providers in the United States are happy to let you demo devices in their office. At ASI Audiology, we frequently let people try the newest and latest hearing aids for free, and all our hearing aids come with a 30 Day Risk Free Trial.
We also can offer special tests to people that already wear hearing aids, where we do a test with their hearing aids in their ears. To schedule this test, please call our offices and make an appointment. Here is a page with all of our Iowa locations.
Question: Will I need one or two hearing aids?
Answer: We are born with two ears for a reason. Having one ear on each side of our head that can clearly understand sound allows us to localize sounds such as moving cars, people speaking behind us, and hear instruments in a band. Some people having hearing loss that only affects a single ear, or in rare cases, they hear better with one hearing aid. These cases are considered unusual, and most people will hear much better using two hearing aids.