Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

Our answers to the most common questions we receive regarding hearing and hearing aids.

Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

We provide brief answers to your common questions

Hearing aids do not have an expiration date. Their lifespan depends on the care we provide and whether we follow the manufacturer's recommended regular checks. New technology hearing aids that we offer can be reprogrammed and adjusted to accommodate changes in your hearing ability, unlike older technology hearing aids that had limited reconfiguration capabilities. In the event that our hearing ability deteriorates over time, it would be necessary to purchase new hearing aids.

New generations of hearing aids have long overcome the problems of unwanted and annoying whistling during their use. High-tech control systems prevent these symptoms, allowing us to enjoy the application of our hearing aids without disruption.

While hearing loss is not reversible, the causes behind it can often be prevented. Any treatment for hearing loss begins with an evaluation by a doctor or a professional audiologist.

Once you determine the type and extent of your hearing loss, you will be able to make decisions about how to address it. One form of treatment for the problem is the use of hearing aids, which can restore your hearing to nearly normal levels.

On the contrary, presbycusis is not related to a person's age at all. There are babies born with hearing impairments (presbycusis), while the majority of patients with presbycusis are between 45 and 65 years old.

A hearing aid for presbycusis can amplify, at the required intensity, frequencies that you may have difficulty hearing, provide clarity and purity to speech, help you hear your own speech better, and be effective in your daily life.

It is obvious that a hearing aid cannot restore your normal hearing. Additionally, it cannot transform distorted sounds into clear sound or allow you to hear only the sounds you desire.

Sound enters through an opening in the hearing aid and is captured by the microphone. Through one or multiple sound amplifiers, the sound is amplified and then exits the hearing aid, entering the ear canal. The hearing aid is powered by a very small battery.

This depends entirely on your daily needs and lifestyle. Since everyone has two ears, it is correct to wear two hearing aids, one in each ear, to hear normal sounds coming from both sides of your environment.

However, if your needs are satisfied with one hearing aid, you can certainly compromise with just one.

Never buy a hearing aid from itinerant sellers or from radio-television advertisements because you cannot know the exact quality of the product's construction.

Always make sure to purchase your hearing aid from a store with a CE identification number.

It's a good idea to bring a family member with you to your hearing aid selection appointments to better determine your needs and how your hearing loss affects your daily life.

If your hearing aid stops working, malfunctions, or starts to whistle, contact your hearing care professional immediately. It's wise to keep a journal of your experiences with the hearing aid to help your hearing care professional during your next visit.

EOPYY (National Organization for the Provision of Healthcare Services) provides 450 euros every 4 years for the purchase of a hearing aid for individuals with hearing loss.

What is a cochlear implant, and how does it work?

A cochlear implant is an electronic device that provides hearing to individuals with severe hearing loss or those who have lost their hearing due to injury. It is also suitable for children with deafness and allows many people to experience hearing for the first time.

How does it work?

The cochlear implant is a high-tech device that replaces damaged or dead hair cells in the cochlea by directly stimulating the auditory nerve. Signals are transmitted from the auditory nerve to the brain and converted into sounds.

What is bilateral implantation?

It is logical that we hear better with two ears than with one, so bilateral cochlear implantation in both ears provides numerous advantages, such as: • Improved hearing in noisy environments • Better sound localization • Clearer speech discrimination • Enhanced sound quality and more natural and intense sound • No need to sit in front at places like church, theater, etc., as the implant detects the direction of sound no matter where you sit.

The decision to use one or two cochlear implants depends on the diagnosis of the type and degree of the patient's hearing loss.
In general, it should be considered self-evident that if you have a problem in both ears, the solution should be bilateral application to achieve better sound understanding and better speech discrimination in noisy environments. Nature has determined that we can operate effectively with both hearing organs, and this is not something to overlook.

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Overview of Auditory Neuropathy

Auditory neuropathy is a serious impairment that affects people's hearing ability. It occurs when the auditory nerve or the inner ear's auditory structures do not function properly. Individuals facing this challenge have limited or absent hearing, affecting their ability to hear and understand sounds.

At the Auditory Neuropathy Center in Patras, as well as in the city of Nafpaktos, our specialists are dedicated to supporting individuals with auditory neuropathy. One of the essential tools that can be used to improve their hearing is auditory neuropathy hearing aids.

Auditory neuropathy hearing aids are electronic devices worn behind or inside the ear, designed to amplify sounds for people with neuropathy. These hearing aids function by enhancing the sounds that reach the ear, allowing users to hear more clearly and better understand speech and environmental sounds.

At the Auditory Neuropathy Center in Patras, individuals with auditory neuropathy can seek help in the selection, adjustment, and use of auditory neuropathy hearing aids. Specialists conduct hearing assessments and measurements to tailor the Auditory Neuropathy hearing aids to individual needs and preferences.

Auditory Neuropathy hearing aids can make a significant difference in the lives of people with auditory neuropathy. They enable users to fully participate in daily activities, communicate more easily with others, enjoy music and sound, and improve their overall quality of life.

It is important to emphasize that prevention and awareness of auditory neuropathy are equally crucial. Educational programs and awareness campaigns can enhance understanding and support for people living with this challenge and promote their acceptance and inclusion in society.

Access to auditory support is vital to ensure that people with auditory neuropathy have the opportunity to lead a full and fulfilling life.

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