Frequent Asked Questions
Frequent Asked Questions
Your hearing care professional is a great resource for most of your hearing-related questions, but check here first for the answers to many commonly asked ones.
Our Hearing Self-Assessment can guide you through an initial assessment and help determine if you should contact a hearing care professional for further assistance. While the self-assessment is a good screening test, it does not take the place of a comprehensive hearing exam and diagnosis from a hearing care professional. If you suspect you have a hearing loss, our best advice is don’t delay it and get your hearing tested today!
There are several causes. The main ones include excessive noise, infections, genetics, birth defects, infections of the head or ear, aging, and reaction to drugs or cancer treatment.
Only 5% of hearing loss in adults can be improved medically or surgically. The vast majority of Canadians with hearing loss (95%) are treated with hearing aids.
Hearing loss can occur at any time, at any age. In fact, most people with hearing loss (65%) are younger than age 65! There are six million people in the Canada ages 18-44 with hearing loss, and around one-and-a-half million are school age.
While no hearing aid can restore your hearing to normal (except in cases of very mild hearing loss), our hearing aids are designed to let you hear soft sounds that you couldn't hear before, and prevent loud sounds from becoming uncomfortably loud for you. They are also designed to improve your ability to understand speech, even in noisy environments.
Precision Hearing Clinic offers a trial period so you can try hearing aids out for 60 days. After you are fitted with the hearing aids, we will meet with you within the trial period to fine-tune the hearing aids for you. If you are not completely satisfied with your hearing aids, you may exchange or return you purchase within 60 days for a full refund. Please note that custom earmolds and power mold receivers are non-refundable.
Wearing hearing aids for the first time requires that you re-learn how to hear: you can expect a short adjustment period. This experience will be different for everyone. Be patient and stick with it – you’ll be enjoying the benefits soon.
While you are no doubt concerned about appearance, compensating for a hearing loss by asking people to repeat themselves, inappropriately responding to people (or not responding at all), or even withdrawing from social situations is more obvious than wearing a hearing aid. Today’s hearing aids are small, discreet and more stylish than ever before. Some are even invisible. Chances are that once you have a hearing aid, your quality of life will improve so much that cosmetics won't be as much of an issue for you.
There are several factors that will determine which hearing aid will be the right one for you. They include the nature and severity of your hearing loss, your lifestyle, and the activities you regularly enjoy, your job, your eyesight and dexterity, and the size and shape of your outer ear and inner ear canal. During the hearing consultation, your hearing professional will advise you the best choice for you.
No. Many people with tinnitus experience relief from wearing hearing aids. With our clinically proven tinnitus relief technology, we can change the way you respond to tinnitus - and help you alleviate the ringing in your ears. Our small, comfortable in-ear devices are equipped with an advanced tinnitus sound generator and are designed to deliver all-day relief from tinnitus. Call us today to learn more about our tinnitus relief technology.
If you have hearing loss in only one ear, you may be fine with one hearing aid. However, if you have hearing loss in both ears, we usually recommend wearing two hearing aids. Two hearing aids help to improve hearing in noise, localize sound, and improve clarity and sound quality. Studies have shown that people are more satisfied with their hearing aids when they wear one in each ear.
The price of a hearing aid ranges from $1000 to $3000 each. The price will vary depending on the specific model and features you need, and how effective it is in various noise environments.
Hearing aids are NOT COVERED under the Medical Services Plan (MSP). There are a number of funding options including individual Extended Health Benefit plans, WorkSafeBC, Non-Insured Health Benefits for First Nations and Inuit, RCMP and Veterans' Affairs Canada. Individuals with low income or on disability benefits may qualify for financial aid through a government assistance program. Our staff can advise you of possible funding options.
Inexpensive models are simply hearing amplifiers that will make everything louder (including all the ambient noises around you). They will not, for example, separate human voices from background noises, or hear directional sounds like today’s more sophisticated hearing aids are designed to do.
We believe that you achieve the best possible results with your hearing aids by consulting with a hearing care professional in person, so we do not endorse retailers selling over the Internet.
A provincially Registered Audiologist (RAUD) or Hearing Instrument Practitioner (RHIP) is the one who has been registered by the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC to test hearing and prescribe hearing aids. An Audiologist has a Masters or Doctoral degree from a university. A Hearing Instrument Practitioner has a 2-3 year college diploma from a college. Think of an Audiologist as an Optometrist and a Hearing Instrument Practitioner as an Optician. Audiologists have a relatively wider scope of practice in that they can test and fit infants and can also do more specialized types of hearing testing. In the field of adult hearing health however, both of these professionals receive extensive training in the testing, fitting, counselling, and post fitting follow up of hearing aids.
Not necessarily. Only about 13% of physicians routinely screen for hearing loss. Since most people with hearing impairments hear just fine in quiet environments (like your doctor's office), it can be very difficult for your physician to recognize this problem. Only a trained hearing care professional can determine the severity of your hearing problem, whether or not you could benefit from a hearing aid, and which type would be best for you.
With proper maintenance, it is expected that hearing aids will last from four to five years. Your hearing loss may continue to deteriorate and technology will advance, thus recommending replacement. The advancements will benefit your deterioration.