Frequently Asked Questions


Hearing loss can be a very gradual process, or the result of sudden loud noises. You may be experiencing hearing loss in obvious ways: for example, you may find it difficult to follow conversations with people, especially in public places where many multiple conversations are taking place or in places where there is music playing. If you are experiencing hearing loss, you may find yourself wanting to avoid social situations altogether, or that it frustrating, sad, or disappointing to not feel like you can participate fully at social events. At work, you may find you are less confident about answering the phone or speaking up in meetings because you are afraid of talking too loudly or too softly.

There are other sometimes subtler signs of hearing loss as well. These can include a persistent ringing in the ears, which is called tinnitus. You may find yourself frequently asking people to repeat themselves or turning the television on to a very high volume. If you are experiencing hearing loss, you may have ability to hear a conversation but find it quite difficult to make out the distinct words people are saying. These are all some signs of hearing loss—but you should always consult a hearing health professional before determining whether or not this is the case, and to plan next steps.

Hearing aids are of course great options for amplifying your hearing, and for helping you to distinguish complex sounds. Hearing aids cannot help you to regain hearing you have lost, however! If you use hearing aids and practice healthy hearing habits, you will go a long way to improve your overall health.

The most important healthy hearing habit is to simply avoid loud sounds. You should practice covering your ears when faced with sudden and temporary sounds, such as when sirens blare. You should also consider buying low-cost ear plugs for those times when you know you will be faced with more lasting loud sounds, like if you work in a factory or in construction, or even if you are planning on going to a concert.

Hearing aids cannot cure hearing loss, nor can they reverse the effects of hearing loss. They can, however, significantly improve your ability to hear speech and environmental sounds.
The first step in choosing the right hearing aid is to schedule a hearing test with us at A2Z Hearing. If a hearing loss is detected, we will help you to select the right hearing aid. Choosing the right hearing aid depends on factors such as your level of hearing loss, whether or not you have used hearing aids before, and what your overall hearing needs are. For example, some smaller hearing aids are great for people with minimal hearing loss or for people who want discrete hearing aids. Larger hearing aids work great for people with moderate to severe hearing loss, and for people who have troubles distinguishing amongst complex sounds.
There are two overall styles of hearing aids: those that are inserted wholly into your ear canal, and those with components that go outside of your ear.

In-ear hearing aids include invisible in canal, completely in canal, and in the ear hearing aids. These hearing aids are typically smaller in size and are quite discrete. Because of their small size, these hearing aids have smaller batteries and are thus low power—making them best for people with mild hearing loss. Behind the ear hearing aids, on the other hand, are larger and typically contain components that sit inside of your ear canal and which are connected via a thin tube to components that rest behind your ear. With larger batteries, these devices are higher power and are great for people with mild to moderate hearing loss. Our team at A2Z Hearing will help you to select a hearing aid device that is great for your needs (as well as your pocketbook).

There are many benefits to treating hearing loss. When you are able to hear at your best capacities, you are also able to communicate in richer ways—and when you feel connected to your loved ones and in your working environment, you feel like a confident member of society. Treating your hearing loss can have great effects on your overall physical and mental wellbeing. There is a scientific link between untreated hearing loss and greater risks for falls and accidents, and general disorientation. There is also a link between untreated hearing loss and depression and anxiety. Taking steps to address your hearing loss is taking steps to make yourself happier and healthier all around.


Hearing loss can be a very gradual process, or the result of sudden loud noises. You may be experiencing hearing loss in obvious ways: for example, you may find it difficult to follow conversations with people, especially in public places where many multiple conversations are taking place or in places where there is music playing. If you are experiencing hearing loss, you may find yourself wanting to avoid social situations altogether, or that it frustrating, sad, or disappointing to not feel like you can participate fully at social events. At work, you may find you are less confident about answering the phone or speaking up in meetings because you are afraid of talking too loudly or too softly.

There are other sometimes subtler signs of hearing loss as well. These can include a persistent ringing in the ears, which is called tinnitus. You may find yourself frequently asking people to repeat themselves or turning the television on to a very high volume. If you are experiencing hearing loss, you may have ability to hear a conversation but find it quite difficult to make out the distinct words people are saying. These are all some signs of hearing loss—but you should always consult a hearing health professional before determining whether or not this is the case, and to plan next steps.

Hearing aids are of course great options for amplifying your hearing, and for helping you to distinguish complex sounds. Hearing aids cannot help you to regain hearing you have lost, however! If you use hearing aids and practice healthy hearing habits, you will go a long way to improve your overall health.

The most important healthy hearing habit is to simply avoid loud sounds. You should practice covering your ears when faced with sudden and temporary sounds, such as when sirens blare. You should also consider buying low-cost ear plugs for those times when you know you will be faced with more lasting loud sounds, like if you work in a factory or in construction, or even if you are planning on going to a concert.

Hearing aids cannot cure hearing loss, nor can they reverse the effects of hearing loss. They can, however, significantly improve your ability to hear speech and environmental sounds.
The first step in choosing the right hearing aid is to schedule a hearing test with us at A2Z Hearing. If a hearing loss is detected, we will help you to select the right hearing aid. Choosing the right hearing aid depends on factors such as your level of hearing loss, whether or not you have used hearing aids before, and what your overall hearing needs are. For example, some smaller hearing aids are great for people with minimal hearing loss or for people who want discrete hearing aids. Larger hearing aids work great for people with moderate to severe hearing loss, and for people who have troubles distinguishing amongst complex sounds.
There are two overall styles of hearing aids: those that are inserted wholly into your ear canal, and those with components that go outside of your ear.

In-ear hearing aids include invisible in canal, completely in canal, and in the ear hearing aids. These hearing aids are typically smaller in size and are quite discrete. Because of their small size, these hearing aids have smaller batteries and are thus low power—making them best for people with mild hearing loss. Behind the ear hearing aids, on the other hand, are larger and typically contain components that sit inside of your ear canal and which are connected via a thin tube to components that rest behind your ear. With larger batteries, these devices are higher power and are great for people with mild to moderate hearing loss. Our team at A2Z Hearing will help you to select a hearing aid device that is great for your needs (as well as your pocketbook).

There are many benefits to treating hearing loss. When you are able to hear at your best capacities, you are also able to communicate in richer ways—and when you feel connected to your loved ones and in your working environment, you feel like a confident member of society. Treating your hearing loss can have great effects on your overall physical and mental wellbeing. There is a scientific link between untreated hearing loss and greater risks for falls and accidents, and general disorientation. There is also a link between untreated hearing loss and depression and anxiety. Taking steps to address your hearing loss is taking steps to make yourself happier and healthier all around.


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