Q. Will hearing aids restore my hearing back to normal?
A. Hearing aids will not restore your hearing back to the way it was before your hearing loss. But, hearing aids will have you hearing better than you have in years. Hearing aids don’t just amplify sound, they also make speech clearer, and allow your brain to process sounds again. Treating your hearing loss with hearing aids will have you enjoying a better quality of life.
Q. Will my hearing loss worsen over time?
A. If left untreated then yes your hearing loss will worsen over time. Untreated hearing loss also increases your chances of other health conditions such as dementia, cognitive decline, depression, and balance issues. Through the use of hearing aids you can slow down the process of hearing loss, so you can continue hearing the sounds you love for many more years to come.
Q. What are some challenges when adjusting to hearing aids?
A. When you have untreated hearing loss, your brain adjusts to its current hearing situation. It forgets what it’s like to hear at a normal volume. For this reason, sounds can sound startlingly loud or unnatural when you first start using hearing aids. However, this doesn’t last long. The more often you wear your hearing aids, the more quickly your brain will adjust to them and to hearing sounds again.