Frequently Asked Questions
There is so much information out there about hearing aids, and with technology advancing all the time, it’s sometimes hard to know what’s best. Here are a few of the questions our customers appreciated us answering.
Lucid recommends if you have significant hearing loss in both ears you purchase two hearing aids, one for each ear. If you only purchase one hearing aid, you may have difficulty hearing in noisy environments and distinguishing where sounds are originating.
For instances where only one ear has a significant loss, Lucid recommends purchasing only one hearing aid but continuing your annual exams to ensure there is no loss in the healthy ear. Should you notice it being more difficult to distinguish sounds from the non-hearing aid ear, you should contact your Lucid certified hearing specialist to schedule another hearing evaluation promptly.
You should always feel benefit from hearing aids but they will never make the level of hearing you have without them worse. Hearing aids stimulate the auditory nerves meaning you tune in where previously you may have been tuning out.
When you first start using a hearing aid it can take up to six weeks for your hearing to adjust, for example those who live near a train station will gradually become used to the sounds of the trains. A big advantage of hearing aids Powered by Lucid™ is that our smart technology blocks out unwanted sounds like extreme traffic noise or construction work.
Just like with eye glasses, it is always better to use hearing aids as soon as the need is detected. Many hearing aids Powered by Lucid’s advanced engineering, are practically invisible and so comfortable that many people almost forget they are wearing them.
There are hearing aids to suit every lifestyle. If you enjoy socializing in busy places, aids Powered by Lucid are perfect for you. Advanced Lucid technology blocks unwanted and distracting background noise and amplifies speech, so you can focus on the things that are important.
Approaching the subject of hearing loss with a loved one isn't easy. You may be able to see the signs but because hearing loss is often a gradual process, those who are experiencing it may not always realize there is anything unusual and that they could benefit from specialist help. While it may seem obvious to you, it can come as a shock to them that you’ve noticed their loss, so it is best to approach the subject in small steps. Having a friendly chat about what you've noticed may help them to become more comfortable with what's going on and more open to looking for a solution. The good news is that Powered by Lucid hearing aids are dispensed at places that are fun to go, making the testing and fitting experience a bit more enjoyable. For convenience and value for our customers, you can find Powered by Lucid Hearing Centers in many Sam’s Clubs, Cabella’s and Meijer’s or online at AmericaHears.com. Often entering a familiar environment takes the edge off the fear of testing. Our trained Certified Hearing Specialists know the emotion involved with hearing loss and are sensitive and caring with each customer.
Let your loved one know that every day situations like talking on the telephone, watching TV or being in large groups with background noise, can be much clearer and enjoyable with hearing aids Powered by Lucid. Once they understand in practical terms that hearing loss is having an impact on their everyday life, it can often motivate them to seek assistance.
All our Hearing Centers offer Free Hearing Tests. Maybe both of you get a test! We welcome that. It is always best to seek help sooner rather than later, but on average it takes about six years for those with hearing loss to seek help. Imagine all the precious moments that could be missed in that time!
Moisture from high humidity, perspiration and earwax, which is naturally produced in the ear canal, are by far the leading causes of hearing aid service issues. To avoid such issues, our leading partners use Liquid Repelling Nano technology to coat every aspect of the hearing aid at a nanoscopic level and protect your hearing aids much more thoroughly than alternative approaches. The result is a truly durable and invisible liquid repellent coating (inside and out) that substantially improves hearing aid protection.
Other things you can do to protect your hearing aids: avoid using hairspray and other hair care products while wearing your hearing aids; do not expose hearing aids to high heat (i.e don’t leave in a hot car); change dead batteries promptly; remember to turn off hearing aids when not inside you ears; don’t use water, alcohol, or solvents to clean your hearing aids.
Early signs of hearing loss include:
- Difficulty understanding words, especially when in a noisy environment or crowd
- Needing to turn up the volume on your television or radio where it distracts others in the room
- Often asking people to repeat themselves or to speak more slowly and loudly
- Being told you are mumbling your speech
- Feeling more isolated, withdrawn from conversations
- Miss hearing the doorbell or phone ringing
- Experience buzzing or ringing in your ears
If you are experience any one of these issues, go to www.LucidHearing.com or call 1-800-785-6052 to schedule a free hearing evaluation with one of our partners’ Lucid Certified Hearing Specialists.
Hearing and vision can naturally begin to change as we age. While most people will get their vision tested every year or two, we do not think to have our hearing checked. A hearing loss can effect people at any age and we recommend that everyone have a hearing test annually, especially if you are 40 or older.
The leading cause of hearing loss is the constant over-exposure to loud noises. If you have worked in a loud factory, near loud automobiles, served in the active military, or have gone to loud concerts, you may have damaged your hearing. It is recommended you have your hearing tested. Go to LucidHearing.com or call 1-800-785-6052 to schedule a free hearing evaluation with one of our partners’ Lucid Certified Hearing Specialists.