Will hearing aids restore my hearing to normal? Aren’t wearing hearing aids a sign that I’m getting old? Are hearing aids expensive? These are some of the questions patients ask Audiologist Dr. Susan Rogan, who practices in Westmont and LaGrange Park.
She replies, “Hearing aids are designed to ‘aid’ a person’s hearing. They can’t restore human hearing nor can they retard the progression of nerve deafness. They are however, a large part of hearing rehabilitation.
“There are many factors that go far beyond just age in determining if you’re a candidate for a hearing aid. Just how well do you want to hear your loved ones, co-workers, or others? Does your employment depend on understanding others? No matter what the situation, your hearing loss is far more noticeable than the hearing aid.”
When asked about cost, Rogan replies, “Since when has hearing become a privilege? What kind of investment is too much? The latest technology and very best hearing instruments for your loss are probably within everyone’s reach. Payment plans are available. Correcting your hearing could be the best investment you make in your future.”
Patients also ask what happens if they’re “totally unsatisfied” with their new hearing aids. Rogan says, “There is always a trial period. If, after a cooperative effort, you aren’t satisfied with the hearing instruments, you may return them as long as you’re still within your trial period. However, since these are custom-made medical devices, there is a minimal restocking fee.”
She explains what hearing aid users can expect: “Your hearing in quiet (such as one-to-one conversations, and watching TV) and moderate environments should be improved. Your earmolds should be comfortable, and your own voice should be acceptable to you. You may hear sounds that you haven’t heard for awhile, such as footsteps and the refrigerator humming.”