FAQ

Action Ear Hearing of New Hartford - serving Central New York
Some Frequently Asked Questions....

How common is hearing loss?

Twenty-eight million Americans are hearing impaired, and an estimated 500 million experience hearing loss worldwide.

What should I do if a loved one or I have a hearing loss?
First, have a hearing examination performed by our trained professional, Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist, Robert Bishton. This will help determine the nature and level of your hearing loss and rule out any conditions that might require medical attention.
How do hearing aids work?
Hearing aids fill the gap created by a hearing loss by receiving and amplifying sound. While there are many different types of technology, four basic components are common to them all: 1) a microphone to receive sound; 2) an amplifier to make those electrical impulses stronger; 3) a receiver (speaker) to translate those impulses into louder sounds; and 4) a battery to power the system.
Will my hearing aid amplify loud sounds and damage my hearing further?
Your hearing aid will be preset to a safe level of maximum amplification. You may have to re-accustom yourself to loud sounds. All sounds are amplified, although loud sounds are amplified to a lesser degree than softer sounds.
What sort of changes will I have to make in my life once I have a hearing aid?
First, understand that a hearing aid will not completely restore your hearing. What it will do is enhance sound so you can hear well. Since hearing loss is gradual, over the years you may have become unaccustomed to normal environmental sounds such as traffic noise, the hum of a refrigerator or background conversation. When you begin wearing hearing aids there is a rehabilitative process. You will need to re-train your brain to practice selective listening, the ability to choose only those sounds which you wish to hear. By wearing your hearing aids as much as possible and making them a part of you,  you will become skilled at recognizing sound direction, learning what hearing aid settings work best in different situations.
Why don’t hearing aids that look the same cost the same amount?
Hearing aid shells look alike, but what’s inside can be vastly different. There are many different kinds of circuits, including those that are digital and programmable.
How long should a hearing aid last?
A hearing aid’s life expectancy is typically about 5 years. It's not that they can't last longer... it's that technology is ever changing and generally people opt to improve their hearing with better technology every 3 - 5 years.
Will other people be able to see my hearing aids?
If you are fit with a CIC device, it will fit deep in your ear canal so only people looking in your ear will see them, while the RIC (Receiver-In-Canal) rests discreetly behind your ear, virtually undetectable by others.
Do they have the latest in hearing aid technology?
Yes, all styles feature digital technology, including our industry-leading feedback eliminator, while most come with our top-rated noise reduction and speech preservation system and more.

Am I a candidate for the Action Ear Mini Hearing Aids?
Virtually every hearing loss sufferer is a candidate for the Action Ear Mini Hearing Aids. A hearing care professional can help determine which one is best for your unique needs.
Do I wear them 24/7?
Action Ear Hearing Aids are designed to be removed daily for better ear health.
Can I shower or swim with them in?
Like other small electronics, swimming or showering with your hearing aids is not recommended.
Where do I get them?
Hearing Aids are available at select hearing professionals & hearing centers across Central New York. 
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