Frequently Asked Questions


1. What causes hearing impairment?
     Hearing impairment is caused by many factors including allergies, drugs, genetics, age, tumors, middle ear infections, excessive exposure to environmental noise, birth defects and traumatic injury.

2. Are all hearing losses the same?
     No. There are two basic types of hearing loss: conductive and sensorineural. Conductive hearing loss may be caused by excessive earwax or fluid in the ear. These conditions should be treated by a physician. Yet, other forms of conductive losses may be helped with a hearing aid. Sensorineural loss is usually caused by damage to the cochlea or auditory nerve.  Hearing aid most often offset this type of hearing loss.

3. What are the implications of hearing loss?
If left untreated, hearing loss can severely impact individuals' personal and professional lives by depriving them of the ability to communicate efficiently.

4. Will a hearing aid improve hearing?
Hearing aids amplify sound and make it easier to participate in all kinds of listening situations, whether at work or at leisure. Although hearing aids will not restore natural hearing ability or cure damage, hearing aids do enable many people to hear better.

5. What types of hearing aids are available today?
There are four basic types of hearing aids available today. They are described generically as completely-in-the-ear (CIC), In-the-canal (ITC), In-the-ear (ITE) and behind-the-ear (BTE).

6. How do consumers choose the right type of hearing aid?
The degree of hearing loss is a major factor in deciding what type of hearing aid best suits your needs. Personal preference and lifestyle are also factors that should be considered. Hearing Instrument Specialist or other hearing aid dispensers, such as those at the Ear Lab, are the professionals should guide your hearing aid selection.

7. How does a hearing Aid Work?
The Microphone in the aid picks up the sound in the environment, changes it to electrical energy that goes to a set of amplifiers and other modifying and adjusting circuits. The modified electrical signal is then sent to a miniature speaker (called a receiver) and delivered to the ear. The newest aids are smart enough to amplify certain sounds or frequencies that are tailored to each hearing loss.

8. Are any of the hearing aid services covered under Medicare?
No. Congress has not included hearing aids as reimbursable.

9. How much do hearing aids cost?
Hearing instruments today come in different styles and different circuit types for improved hearing for individual hearing needs. Digital microprocessor technology is a part of the newer hearing designs. The cost of hearing aids reflects differences in size, advanced technology and professional services. As a result, the range will vary from $299.00 to $3000.00 or more for each aid. At the Ear Lab our hearing instrument professionals will help guide you toward the correct hearing aid selection.