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Hearing Aid FAQs Offered by Winnipeg's Kemp Hearing Centres

Located in Winnipeg, Kemp Hearing Centres is committed to assisting you in understanding hearing loss and selecting the proper solution for it. Below are some of the more frequently asked questions about hearing aids. If your question isn't listed, feel free to contact us and one of our clinicians will be more than happy to answer your questions.

When should I get hearing aids?

The choice of when to get hearing aids should take into account many factors. First, we need to have an understanding of the type and degree of your hearing loss. A complete audiological evaluation is the first step. Another consideration is how your hearing loss is affecting the quality of your life. A counselling session with one of our clinicians can help you make these decisions and choose when the time is right for you.

Are hearing aid styles based on the type of my hearing loss?

Yes, the style of hearing aid recommended to you will most definitely take into account your hearing loss. A proper fit for hearing aids includes not only the technology but also the style and settings for the device.

Will my insurance cover my hearing aids?

Possibly. Many insurance companies offer coverage for hearing aids and/or other hearing health care services. Check with your service provider to find out if you are eligible for coverage. Our staff can assist you with determining the process your insurance company requires.

Do I need hearing aids for both ears?

That depends. If you have monaural hearing loss, meaning a hearing loss on only one side, in most cases a single hearing aid will provide adequate benefit. However, if one has a hearing loss in both ears, which is more common, it is highly recommended to wear two hearing aids as this allows us to equalize and balance the correct hearing levels. Current research and technology are attempting to restore hearing processes that were the responsibility of our brain-stem and hearing nerves. These technologies allow both hearing aids to communicate wirelessly in an attempt to assimilate what has been lost from our natural anatomy. This mimics the way our brain naturally processes sound and can dramatically increase understanding of speech, especially in background noise.

Why do hearing aids whistle sometimes?

Feedback is caused by sound leaking out of the hearing aid. Our staff is fully trained to be able to identify and reduce, if not eliminate, hearing aid squealing. Current hearing aid processors are capable of identifying and filtering most feedback issues.

I've heard hearing aids don't work in background noise – is that true?

Background noise is one of the most difficult situations for individuals with hearing loss. As a result, we need hearing technology that has the ability to help us in these challenging environments. The best hearing technology available today is the result of billions of dollars in research and development focused on emulating our normal hearing anatomy through wireless processors. This allows these hearing aids to perform much better than many hearing aids in background noise. With BrainHearing™ technology, binaural processing and other technologies, hearing aids are bridging the gap in the most difficult environments, like crowds and background noise

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