Frequently Asked Questions

Our Frequently Asked Questions provides a comprehensive guide through your hearing health journey. It covers understanding and identifying hearing loss, exploring the world of hearing aids, and making the best purchasing decision. From maintenance tips to cost considerations, it’s your go-to resource for all things hearing-related.

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Meghan West
Meghan West
December 20, 2023
Update...There was a recent change in ownership. I was hesitant to return with my 5 year old, because of the fantastic care we received suspecting the direction had changed. However the new owner is even more gifted in working with children with complex needs. I HIGHLY recommend the center. We look forward to our appointments! We were referred here from the educational service district when our 3 year old failed multiple hearing tests. The clinicians are comforting, engaging, and energetic. I highly recommend them!
John Hood-Fysh
John Hood-Fysh
November 2, 2023
A friend and I went to Mid-Valley Hearing Center to have new earmolds made and installed. Lindsay was fabulous. I wear hearing aids as well and asked about my brand and they did not service them but she did mention that they were going to be carrying Starkey products and my hearing aids are that brand and so I may be able to use their services as well. With almost 30 years of hearing aid wearing experience I was very impressed with Lindsay.
Anne Johnson
Anne Johnson
July 22, 2023
Dr Peterson is easy to work with and explains clearly. She is well versed in her field, up to date, and personable. I have referred friends to her. Tom Johnson
Deb Fell Carlson
Deb Fell Carlson
March 10, 2023
Excellent service. Professional, thorough...
Kermit Long
Kermit Long
January 28, 2023
Mid Valley Hearing Center did an absolutely awesome job for me, they navigated the VA system for me, got me the equipment I needed and did it quickly. I didn’t expect to get my hearing aids as fast as I did. The time they spent dialing them in and making sure I understood how my hearing was affected and the changes they made to make it better for me really showed. I have to say, their dedication to help, and professionalism they displayed really meant a lot! As well as their great sense of humor made the visit enjoyable! Thank you guys!! You are the best!!
Sunflower Lynch
Sunflower Lynch
December 30, 2022
Absolutely wonderful, thorough, responsive, caring and prompt service! Highly highly recommend them for hearing aids. -Becca G
Jeanette Sater
Jeanette Sater
August 28, 2022
This is where my husband has gone since 2004. He is always pleased with Susan’s work.
Jeanette Hernandez
Jeanette Hernandez
August 14, 2022
Very nice and knowledgeable staff. They were awesome with my special needs son and they always did follow up. We couldn't have asked her better.

Understanding Hearing Loss and Its Implications

Learn about the signs, causes, and effects of hearing loss. Discover why hearing assessments are key to identifying problems early and how prevention strategies can protect your hearing health.

Why is a hearing assessment necessary before purchasing hearing aids?

A hearing assessment determines the type and degree of your hearing loss. This is crucial in recommending the right type of hearing aids that will work best for your specific needs.

I've noticed a decline in my hearing, but I'm not sure if it's serious enough for a hearing aid. How can I tell?

Common signs of hearing loss include difficulty following conversations, increased volume on electronic devices, or frequently asking people to repeat themselves. If you’re experiencing these, we recommend scheduling a hearing assessment.

Can hearing loss be prevented?

While not all hearing loss is preventable, you can reduce your risk. Avoid prolonged exposure to loud noises, wear hearing protection when necessary, and get regular hearing check-ups.

What is the average age people start using hearing aids?

Hearing loss can affect people of all ages. However, it’s more common in older adults, with many starting to use hearing aids in their 60s or 70s.

Can I test my hearing at home?

While some online tests can provide a general idea of your hearing ability, they can’t replace a comprehensive hearing assessment conducted by a professional.

Is hearing loss reversible?

Some types of hearing loss, like those caused by earwax blockages or infections, can be reversed with treatment. However, sensorineural hearing loss, which is due to damage in the inner ear, is usually permanent.

How often should I get my hearing tested?

If you’re over 50, or you’re exposed to loud noises regularly, you should have your hearing tested annually. However, if you notice any sudden changes in your hearing, schedule a test immediately.

Are there signs of hearing loss?

Yes, signs of hearing loss may include difficulty understanding conversations, needing to turn up the volume on electronic devices, frequently asking people to repeat themselves, and experiencing ringing or buzzing in the ears (tinnitus). If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, it’s advisable to consult a healthcare professional for a hearing evaluation.

What's involved in a hearing assessment?

A hearing assessment typically includes a case history discussion, an examination of the ears, tests for hearing thresholds and speech understanding, tympanometry, and sometimes additional assessments like OAE or bone conduction testing. The results guide recommendations for treatment, which may include hearing aids or medical intervention.

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Why Choose Us

45 YEARS EXPERIENCE & REPUTATION FOR EXCELLENCE

At Mid-Valley Hearing Center, we believe that our customers should choose us for their hearing aid consultations because we offer the highest quality of care combined with a compassionate and trustworthy approach.

Our highly skilled professionals use cutting-edge technology to provide accurate assessments and personalized solutions that cater to each individual's unique needs.

Choosing the right hearing aid is a significant decision, so we take the time to listen to our patients and understand their concerns and preferences.

With our ongoing support and education, we ensure that our customers receive the best possible outcomes and can make informed decisions about their hearing health.

Trust Mid-Valley Hearing Center to provide exceptional hearing aid consultations that will improve your quality of life.

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Exploring Your Options for Hearing Aids

Delve into the world of hearing aids. Understand the various styles, how they work, and which factors to consider when selecting one. Get answers to common queries on maintenance, comfort, and the benefits of digital hearing aids.

What factors should I consider when selecting a hearing aid?

Consider your lifestyle, the environments you frequent, your budget, the severity of your hearing loss, and the comfort and aesthetics of the device.

How do different hearing aid styles impact their function?

The style affects how the aid sits in or on your ear, the size of the battery, how natural the sound is, and how much amplification it can provide. Your audiologist can guide you through these considerations.

Can I test out a hearing aid before making a decision?

Yes, we offer a trial period for hearing aids. This allows you to experience the benefits of the aid in your everyday life before making a commitment.

How long does it take to get used to a new hearing aid?

Adjustment times vary. Some people may acclimate within a few weeks, while others may need a few months. Regular use and follow-up adjustments can help speed up this process.

Are there hearing aids that are invisible when worn?

Yes, there are. Completely-in-canal (CIC) and invisible-in-canal (IIC) hearing aids are designed to sit deep in the ear canal, making them virtually invisible.

What are the benefits of digital hearing aids?

Digital hearing aids offer clear sound quality, sophisticated features like noise reduction and connectivity to devices, and the ability to be programmed to match your specific hearing loss.

How do I clean and maintain my hearing aids?

Regular cleaning with a soft, dry cloth and checking for wax build-up are key. It’s also important to store them in a dry, cool place. Detailed cleaning should be done by a professional.

Can hearing aids be worn during sports or physical activities?

Most hearing aids are designed to withstand normal physical activities. However, they may need to be removed for contact sports or swimming unless they are specifically designed to be water-resistant.

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Making the Best Choice for Your Hearing Health

Navigating the final steps of your hearing aid purchase doesn’t have to be daunting. Learn about costs, support services, warranties, and what to expect after your purchase. Get clarity on returns, upgrades, and how to maximize the lifespan of your hearing aids.

I'm worried about the cost of hearing aids. Are there payment plans or financial assistance options available?

We understand that cost can be a significant factor. Our team can guide you on insurance coverage, financing options, and potential subsidies to make hearing solutions more accessible.

What kind of support and follow-up care can I expect after purchasing my hearing aids?

We provide comprehensive aftercare, including regular hearing aid check-ups and adjustments, cleaning services, and ongoing support to ensure you’re getting the most from your hearing aids.

What happens if my hearing aids need repairs or adjustments?

Our center offers reliable repair and adjustment services for all types of hearing aids. We’re here to ensure your aids function optimally for your specific needs.

What is the warranty period for the hearing aids?

Warranty periods vary by manufacturer, but most hearing aids come with a warranty that covers repairs due to manufacturing defects for a certain period. We’ll explain these details during your consultation.

Can I return or exchange the hearing aids if I'm not satisfied?

We want to ensure you’re happy with your investment. If you’re not fully satisfied, we offer a grace period during which you can return or exchange the hearing aids.

How long will my hearing aids last?

With proper care and maintenance, most hearing aids last between 5-7 years. However, your personal experience can vary based on the specific model and how well you maintain the device.

What happens when my hearing aids reach the end of their lifespan?

When your hearing aids are nearing the end of their lifespan, we recommend scheduling an appointment. We can discuss options for upgrading to a new model that suits your current needs.

Can I upgrade my hearing aids?

Yes, upgrading your hearing aids is possible. We offer a variety of newer models with advanced features to enhance your hearing experience.

How can Mid-Valley Hearing Center help me improve my hearing health after the purchase?

Our commitment doesn’t end with your purchase. We provide ongoing support, regular hearing aid check-ups, adjustments, cleaning, and counseling to help you adapt and maximize the benefits of your hearing aids.

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