Hearing Instrument Specialist, Rina Valia with her patient in San Mateo, CA office


Your most asked questions, answered.

Hearing Instrument Specialist, Rina Valia with her patient in San Mateo, CA office

Hearing FAQs

Yes, there are hearing aids that are nearly invisible because they are so small in size and sit inside your ear canal. If you’re interested in a discreet option, we carry the best invisible hearing aids.

Today’s hearing aids are incredibly advanced yet small. Most people won’t even notice you are wearing them! In addition, hearing aids come in a variety of colors to match your skin tone or hair color. There are a wide variety of hearing aid mold colors so you can feel confident in your new devices.

You should always be careful whenever you wear earbuds or headphones to listen to music. Any sound that exceeds 85 decibels can be damaging to your hearing, and it’s easy to turn the volume up too loud when listening to music. Be proactive by monitoring where your volume is when you have earbuds in to protect your ears from loud noise damage.

If you have trouble hearing high pitched sounds, such as women and children’s voices or birdsong, then you should have your hearing evaluated. Sensorineural hearing loss, the most common type of loss, affects your ability to hear high pitched sounds. It may also seem like you have clogged ears because your hearing may seem muffled.

Tinnitus can range greatly in its severity, and everyone experiences the symptoms differently. If you only notice your tinnitus occasionally and it doesn’t affect your quality of life, then you don’t need to be concerned. If you experience tinnitus on a daily basis though, then you may consider using a tinnitus masking device such as a hearing aid.

To keep your ears safe and hearing their best, it’s important to wear hearing protection whenever you are exposed to loud sounds. In addition, if you have hearing loss you should manage it right away with hearing aids. At our better hearing center, we are experts in fitting hearing aids and helping you find the right device to experience better hearing. 

How to Prepare for Your First Appointment

A hearing appointment is an important first step in taking charge of your hearing health. If you’re nervous, check out some of these tips on how to prepare for your appointment.

  1. Think about what you want from the appointment: What is your goal for your hearing appointment? What kind of situations do you struggle to hear in? What sounds do you want to hear clearer (grandchildren’s voices, birdsong, phone conversations, etc.)?

  2. Avoid loud sounds: You should always do your best to avoid loud noise, but this is especially important before having your hearing examined. Loud noise can affect the results of your hearing exam as the effect can linger for a few days.

  3. Keep your ears clean: Although the purpose of earwax is to keep your ears healthy, a build-up can affect your ability to get an accurate test. You should never try to remove earwax on your own, instead visit your physician for eardrops to help loosen any impacted earwax.

  4. Know your medical history: Make a list of any medications you take as well as your medical history. This will help our hearing specialist decide if certain medications are the cause of your hearing loss.

  5. Bring a loved one: There can be a lot of information to take in during your first appointment. It’s helpful to have a friend or loved one with you to help retain the information and make you feel more at ease.