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Frequently asked questions

Regular hearing tests and appropriate devices can prevent or minimize hearing loss while optimizing your quality of life. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions the experts at Soundwave Hearing Care receive. Contact us today to schedule your hearing evaluation.

Q. How often should I get my hearing checked?
A. If you’re under 60 and not noticing hearing loss, you should get your hearing tested every two years. Annual tests are recommended for people over 60 and those with a family history of hearing loss.
Q. How can I detect a change in my hearing?
A. Typically, only more advanced hearing loss is noticeable without a hearing test. Routine checkups are recommended to catch and manage hearing loss before it begins to interfere in your life.
Q. When should I use hearing technology?
A. Beyond old-fashioned hearing aids of the past that simply made all sounds louder, , modern devices can target speech and specific hearing needs to optimize your hearing experience. Hearing aids are available in discreet designs and can be integrated into active lifestyles.
Q. Will my devices have a warranty?
A. The devices supplied by Soundwave Hearing Care come with manufacturer warranties and ongoing regular care and maintance by Soundwave Hearing Care for the expected life of the hearing aids.
Q. How long do custom earplugs and hearing aids last?
A. Earplugs typically last two to four years. Hearing aids typically last about three to six years.
Q. How much noise reduction can I expect from my custom solid earplugs?
A. Custom-made silicone earplugs can have a maximum noise reduction (NR) rating of 24 to 28 decibels, which meets standards for CSA Classes A and AL. Their effectiveness depends on how well they fit your ear canal, so work with your audiologist to get the best fit. Soundwave Hearing Care also provides filtered custom earplugs that can provide a range of noise reduction, depending on your listening and protection needs.
Q. What do I look for when choosing a hearing aid?
A. Once you’ve had your hearing evaluated, your audiologist can discuss options with you, taking into account both your hearing needs, budget and lifestyle.
Q. Are hearing aids tax deductible in Canada?
A. Expenses related to hearing aid purchase and maintenance can be claimed on your income tax return. However, specifics may vary from year to year and province to province. Check your current tax guide or speak with your income tax professional for more details.
Q. Can hearing aids help tinnitus?
A. Tinnitus is a complex condition with varying causes and no permanent cure. However, in some cases, hearing aids have been known to alleviate symptoms. The audiologists and hearing aid practitioners at Soundwave Hearing Care will help your find the right solution to help manage your tinnitus with hearing aids.
Q. Can you buy hearing aids over the counter?
A. Over the counter hearing aids are not legal in Canada. This is because they don’t address the complexities of hearing loss which should be managed by you in conjunction with a licensed hearing care professional.

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The team at Soundwave Hearing Care is committed to helping your entire family experience life to the fullest with good hearing care and well-designed devices. Contact us today to arrange a consultation with an audiologist.

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