Frequently Asked Questions

How do you hear?
Hearing is the most complicated and complex sensory system in the body. This video will show you how you hear.

Are all hearing aids the same?
Not all hearing aids are alike. They are designed to accommodate a range of different listening environments. What works well for one person, may not be the solution for another.

There are also several different styles available:
• In-the-Ear (ITE)
• In-the-Canal (ITC)
• Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC)
• Receiver in the Canal (RIC)
• Behind the Ear (BTE)

How much do hearing aids cost?
Not all hearing aids are alike. Much like all technology devices, hearing aid costs are dependent upon your individual needs. Chicago Hearing Services offers several different hearing aids to meet your budget, your needs, and your lifestyle. Chicago Hearing Services also has different service plans available to best suit your needs and budget as well. It is important to meet with Dr. Vetter-Toalson today to discuss your options.

Does Chicago Hearing Services carry batteries?  
Yes, we sell proline batteries, which last longer compared to store bought batteries. You can also be assured that they are the proper size so there is no intermittent issues. 

Do I need two hearing aids?
In most cases, yes. Your brain gathers information from both ears and helps you understand speech. Having two hearing aids helps you understand speech more easily, reduces your hearing effort in background noise, and helps to localize sounds. The audiologist will recommend what is best for you based on your hearing loss.

Are there other strategies I can use to hear better in difficult situations?
Yes, hearing aids are aids to help you hear better, but they do not fully restore your hearing. Using the strategies on our “Communication Tips” page, you and your significant others will be able to communicate more effectively.

Does it take time to get adjusted to hearing aids?
Yes. Most people need an adjustment period of up to two months before becoming acclimated to — and receiving the full benefit of — wearing their hearing aids. Remember, Chicago Hearing Services is there to help. Do not be afraid to call or visit to discuss your concerns.

A. Be realistic. Remember that your hearing loss has been gradual; over the years you have lost the ability to hear certain sounds in the speech spectrum and normal sounds of the environment, such as traffic and wind noise, the hum of machinery and other background noises.

B. Practice. When you begin to wear hearing aids, these sounds will be restored but your brain will need practice and reeducation in order to selectively focus on and filter sounds. Some sounds may even startle you at first. Know that your brain will acclimate to these sounds again over time.

C. Be patient. It takes time to adapt to hearing aids. Wear them as much as possible even when doing quiet activities.

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Hearing Instruments

Hearing devices come in all shapes and sizes and in varying technology levels to address your lifestyle and communication needs and demands. During your consultation, Dr. Vetter-Toalson will help you choose a device and service plan to meet your cosmetic and lifestyle needs.


starting the conversation

Starting the conversation with someone you care about.

When someone you love has a hearing loss, beginning that conversation can be difficult. We are here to provide that support and guidance as well as some tips on how to make that conversation begin more easily.


Insurance Questions

Chicago Hearing Services does accept most insurances. We are here to help you with any questions you may have.


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