Ryan Forbes, hear care director for Specsavers Glasgow answers the most commonly asked questions and myths about hearing and hearing aids.

Will my hearing get worse if I wear a hearing aid?

Naturally, like an eye prescription, your hearing will deteriorate gradually over time. Some people do think that their hearing is worse after wearing a hearing aid but actually it definitely will not get worse due to wearing one. A hearing aid highlights how much the wearer has actually been missing, and when the hearing aid is removed, the difference is highlighted.

Are the small in the canal more expensive?

This is a really common myth about hearing aids. The custom-made hearing aids that sit competently in the canal are no more expensive than any other style. Prices are based on the technology level and sophistication of the hearing capability rather than what it physically looks like.

Once I get a hearing aid will I depend on it?

You will not depend on your hearing aid as such, it will probably be more likely that you want to wear it as it will make a great improvement to your hearing. You will not want to leave the house without it!

Can I sleep with my hearing aids in?

We would not recommend sleeping with your hearing aids in your ear as it would not be the most comfortable thing to do. We would recommend that you take your hearing aids out when going to bed, keeping them in a safe place beside your bed and putting them back in when you wake up in the morning.

What happens if I do not get on with my hearing aids?

As audiologists, we make the best effort to have you hearing as well as you possibly can and will support you all the way through your new hearing journey. However, if it seems that we cannot get you to where you want to be with your aids and you are not satisfied, we do offer a full 90-day money back guarantee. This means that within the first three months of purchase you are entitled to a full refund.

Will the hearing aids cut out background noise?

No hearing aid will cut out background noise and if a hearing instrument did this, day-to-day sounds would be very unnatural and it could also be dangerous in certain situations. We do, however, have a selection of different hearing instruments that do help in a variety of situations, ranging from small groups to extremely demanding situations.

How often will I need to change the batteries?

This depends on what style of hearing aid you choose to wear, the battery life can last from 3-14 days dependant on the size required for your chosen style. There are four main sizes of batteries and we now also have rechargeable hearing instruments which means that you do not need batteries at all.

Will my hearing aid whistle or make a noise whilst in my ear?

Most hearing aid systems now have sophisticated anti-feedback systems in place to avoid feedback therefore, feedback is now a thing of the past due to the development in technology over the years. For further information or to book a hearing appointment please contact the store on 0141 341 4940.

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