Hearing FAQ

1. Why do people wear hearing aids?
The hearing mechanism is not working as well as normal, like when we wear glasses and we don’t have 20/20 vision.
2. Is wearing hearing aids like glasses, where you have to wear them all the time?
Most of the time, and you can take breaks, just not when you are communicating verbally.
3. Does insurance cover the cost of hearing aids?
Many time insurance will cover much, or some of the cost.
4. Why do some children wear hearing aids?
All ages wear them, but a childs brain is still fusing connections and MUST have good hearing to do that.
5. What is Bluetooth in a hearing aid?
Bluetooth is simply an antenna system to pick up transmissions from cell phones or TV’s, similar how radio picks up transmissions from a radio station’s antenna.
6. Do I need to see an MD before getting hearing aids?
98% of folks have no medical condition with ears. Your regular MD would know, and if you need further intervention, an ENT or Otolaryngologist can be referred by us or your MD.
7. Are all hearing aids the same?
Each manufacturer has a certain kind of sound and models with different features. We cover all the bases by providing our patients with the opportunity to try all the hearing aid technologies that are available anywhere.
8. Why is it that mostly elders wear hearing aids?
Many folks over 55 have had a lot of exposure to loud machines, construction or earth moving equipment, race engines, loud music, firearms, explosions, sirens, etc. This exposure can lead to hearing loss and the need for hearing aids.
9. What happens if you don't wear your hearing aids?
Our brain likes and wants things to be normal. Hearing aids, when needed, help the brain function normally. When the hearing aids aren’t worn, the brain struggles to acclimate to the abnormal condition of hearing loss.
10. What if I lose my hearing aid?
We have plans to insure against loss or total accidental damage.
11. Do I become dependent on the hearing aid?
For quality of life, the brain needs to process music, nature and speech like it did prior to hearing loss. So rather than producing dependency, hearing aids help to maintain a higher quality of life.
12. Does the hearing aid help the ringing in my ears?
40% of the time you will get help wearing hearing aids for ringing. Theother 60% may respond to devices we have just for ringing.
13. Do hearing aids take batteries or are they rechargeable?
Both. Some people still prefer one or the other.
14. What's the best hearing aid for me?
By testing and then programming the tiny computer in the hearing aid we allow you to wear it home in your world for awhile. At follow up we listen to your experiences to help you determine how well it works for you. This is the most important step. We help you find the best aids for you, from among the dozens available. Since we carry the widest selection of brands and models in DFW, we make sure every dollar you invest brings you everything you want and need in hearing aids.
15. How many different kinds of hearing aids are there?
There are six giant manufacturers and a couple of smaller ones. Each manufacturer has a very different personality. Most will sound quite good when you first wear it. Like buying a stereo or musical instrument they all sound good at first. But after hearing the performance in your varied lifestyle you can begin to hear its drawback, for you.If you already wear hearing instrument and want better performance you know what we are talking about. Many come here wearing aids that are ‘OK,’ and are now looking for improved natural sound, the ability to hear in social noise, their wife’s voice, etc. We deliver the personal performance folks are looking for.
16. What if I can't afford a hearing aid?
We have a good finance plan, and specials for low income patients, and plans for college kids, and a State Funded back to wrk program.
17. How long do hearing aids last?
Typically 7 to 10 years. Some folks ‘trade in,’ their older models that work for the new technologies that come out, like Bluetooth for example.
18. What if my ear hurts?
We have microscopes to see down to pore levels of skin. You may have scratched, itched or slept on your ear. You may have allergies or simple wax. We can observe at N/C and get you to a good ear MD if needed. If you are in pain that really hurts and interferes with activities or sleep, certainly see your MD. Or if possible get an appointment at an ear MD office, called ENT or Otolaryngologist. Call us if you need help getting in to see the right specialist right away.
19. What about wax?
Wax is a normal protective coating made to kill bacteria and bugs when we lived outdoors. It also keeps our PH in the ear stable, and keeps canal skin-wall smooth and supple. Its amazing!
20. What about allergies?
Allergens breathed in can cause swelling of our Eustachian tubes and nasal passages. The eustacia can give us that ‘plugged up feeling,’ and can cause more complications that may require the ENT or Otolaryngologist or your MD to treat. Many of us, including myself, have allergies, sometimes more seasonally severe. Again, most of our MD’s have helped us in these areas. Many drugs that used to be Prescription only are now OTC so beware, study, and ask your Pharmacist and MD.
21. Is my hearing really that bad (I hear pretty good)?
Folks acclimate to their hearing loss by asking to repeat too much, getting too close when talking, or talking too loud. These are symptoms we should not ignore for long. Our brain has advanced activation’s for deciphering speech, music, nature and correlates the information in a very active way. With a hearing loss, even mild, the activity in the brain slows down, and even produce ‘lost word recognition,’ which makes it sometimes impossible to hear correctly again.
22. Both my wife and I need hearing aids but can only afford one set, how to choose?
We have seen this dilemma many times. We have hearing questionnaires for both of you to fill out. The scores inform us to the difficulty level in social, work, and everyday activities. Hearing loss can affect one more than the other. We want you to see each others score to have that heart to heart discussion. We stand by to help, counsel, and support your decision.
22. Both my wife and I need hearing aids but can only afford one set, how to choose?
We have seen this dilemma many times. We have hearing questionnaires for both of you to fill out. The scores inform us to the difficulty level in social, work, and everyday activities. Hearing loss can affect one more than the other. We want you to see each others score to have that heart to heart discussion. We stand by to help, counsel, and support your decision.
23. Can I try different hearing aids to see which one is better for me?
Absolutely, we encourage that. Although some of our patients/clients already know what they want because they trust us, have worn aids here for decades perhaps, or came as a referral.
24. Do you know who are the best ear doctor MD's?
Yes. Some have been ENT ear MD’s for my family. They are all good, and we use them in your best interest. Remember though, 98% of us are blessed with healthy ears physically. Its just hearing loss that needs hearing aid help that brings almost all of our patients here. For the two or three percent we are ready for you too and our testing and observations will tell the need, if any for a medical referral.
25. Are there Charity plans for me?
Yes, we will look at your situation, and apply for the plans that may be available. Funding cycles and sometimes opportunities are open, sometimes not. But we have to see you and test you first, so come on in.
26. I want better hearing aids, how can we do that?
Its great you wear aids, that helps our brain considerably. From your descriptions of everyday use we know what you may need, and specifically hone in on a Manufacturer that has the abilities you want or need. Then you can prove it to yourself by trying them out. If it still isn’t everything you want, we adjust the hearing aid computer, or choose another Manufacturer. It may sound like we made an error but no. This is the only scientific way to get you what you need the most. Usually we get it right for you with the 2nd or 3rd visit. We put the science of our experience in for you, since we use more kinds of technologies than anyone in DFW. Come and see. We shall prove it to you, or you and your spouse, and/or family. We are prepared to deliver the best improvement in your quality of life. We earn your respect by delivering the highest form of hearing perfection available, guaranteed.
Chappell Hearing Care Centers carries all the best brands of hearing aids and hearing protection devices