Answers to your most asked questions about hearing health.

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Hearing FAQs

For individuals who do not have a diagnosed hearing loss, we recommend having your hearing checked every five years until the age of 55. For those 55 years and older as well as those with a diagnosed hearing loss, you should have your hearing tested annually to catch any changes.

No, hearing aids are not waterproof. You should never submerge your hearing aids in water or wear them swimming or while showering. Water can cause serious damage to the internal components of your devices. Hearing aids are however water resistant. They can be worn when it’s raining or if you are sweating, just be sure to wipe them with a dry, soft cloth after.

Clogged ears are most likely due to an accumulation of earwax. When earwax builds up, it can become impacted. This can lead to a feeling of discomfort and even muffled hearing. To determine if you have earwax impaction, an ear exam should be performed.

Hearing aids have an average lifespan of 3-7 years, depending on the device and how well you care for them. It’s important to bring your devices in on a regular basis for maintenance checks to ensure they last you for many years. However, new technology usually releases around the 3-5 year-mark, which is when many people like to upgrade their technology.

You should clean your hearing aids everyday after taking them out of your ears. Simply wipe them down with a dry, soft cloth or with a hearing aid brush to remove any excessive earwax or other debris. In addition, you should bring your devices in every six months to be professionally cleaned. This will ensure their longevity and that they are performing their best for you.

Ringing in the ears is medically known as tinnitus. Tinnitus itself is not a condition, but rather a symptom of another health problem. If you have been experiencing tinnitus that has not gone away after a few days, is loud, or bothersome, contact our office for an appointment. We offer management options that can help you experience relief from ringing in the ears.