How long does a hearing test take?
If you are visiting one of our clinics for the first time, prepare to be in the appointment for 60 minutes. We start by asking you questions about your medical history and noise history to determine possible causes of hearing loss.
How much do hearing devices cost?
There is a wide range in costs, so there are a number of factors to consider: level of hearing loss, size/shape of ear canal, personal hearing needs/concerns and finances. Some hearing devices work better than others in noise and so prices can range from $2000-$3000 each.
After I have received my hearing devices, how long do I have to decide whether or not I’m pleased with them?
Getting accustomed to amplification can take time. Your ears and brain need to adapt to hearing differently. Once we know objectively how the hearing devices are working we will need to fine-tune them based on your daily routine and listening situations. Alto Hearing offers a 90-day, 100% money-back guarantee.
Do I have to wear two hearing devices?
If you have sufficient hearing loss in both ears it is best to wear two hearing devices. Over 90% of fittings today for patients are for both ears. Our testing will help determine how much better you could hear with two ears versus one ear..
Having two ears gives us localization ability so we can tell where sounds are coming from. The brain also relies on the input from both ears to help us separate speech-like sounds from other sounds. Patients who purchase one hearing device often lose their speech recognition capabilities more quickly in the unaided ear if it is not stimulated. You simply cannot hear as well with one ear as you can with two ears.
With our 90-day, 100% money back guarantee, start with two hearing devices and if you really feel that you can get by with one, you can still return the other device for your full money back.
My father had hearing aids & hated them. How has technology changed?
Digital technology and open-platform circuits have totally changed how hearing devices are fit. Digital sound processing coupled with directional microphone technology can sense the differences between speech-like sounds, steady state noise sounds and unwanted sounds behind you in noisy situations such as a restaurant or large group gathering.
I want the hearing devices that get rid of background noise. Which ones are those?
First of all, realize that there are NO hearing devices that completely get rid of background noise. Some noises need to be heard for safety reasons (i.e. a car coming by as you start to walk across the street). No device is smart enough to distinguish between what you want to hear and don’t want to hear.
However, there are two factors that can dramatically improve your hearing in noise: hearing devices with directional microphones and hearing devices with advanced sound processing capabilities. Hearing devices that have directional microphones will help keep sounds that are physically behind you from being heard as much so that you can focus on sounds four to five feet in front of you.
Many hearing aids connect to your smartphone for easy handsfree calls as well as allowing you to adjust your hearing aids.
Many of the hearing aids are able to pick up your TV sound with a special transmitter. Your neighbours don’t have to hear what you are watching on your TV anymore!
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