Is it time for you to consider hearing aids?
Your family or friends may notice that you need help with you hearing before you do. They may complain that the TV is much too loud, or that they are
often misunderstood. Many people will complain that other people mumble and do not speak clearly rather than realize that their hearing loss may be the reason.
What is the process?
The first step is a comprehensive audiologic evaluation. This involves several different tests to measure how you hear tones and speech. It may also include testing your
understanding of speech in background noise, and your level of comfort with loud sounds. If there is any indication that you need a medical evaluation and management, the audiologist will make
that recommendation. It may be as simple as your ear canals are blocked with wax.
The audiologist will then explain the results to you in detail. If hearing aids are recommended, we will spend time
explaining the different styles, sizes, options and price ranges. We will also listen to your concerns and answer
your questions. This will help us to understand where and when you need the
most help hearing.
What features are available on hearing aids?
- Volume control
Most hearing aids have some form of automatic volume control, but some people like to control the volume themselves as well.
- Directional microphones
These are available on most sizes of hearing aids, but work better on hearing aids that fit behind the ear. They help you to hear the person in front of you when you are in a noisy place.
Some hearing aids are equipped with coils that pick up the sound directly from the telephone, and the microphone on the hearing aid can be turned off during telephone use. These can also be used with other specialized devices and are available on the majority of hearing aids.
- Multiple programs
Many hearing aids will automatically adjust for background noise, but may also have the capacity for different settings. For example there may be a special setting for listening to music, or
for use with a cell phone. We customize these settings to what you need most.
- Remote control
Some hearing aids may be controlled with a remote control that allows changing programs and changing the volume.
- Bluetooth and FM reception
Some hearing aids can receive Bluetooth or frequency modulated (FM) signals with the addition of some specialized equipment.
If I get hearing aid(s)?
Once hearing aids are ordered, we will schedule an appointment for you that lasts about 1 ½ hours. This is to program and fit the hearing aids, and to teach you how to use them.
Will I hear perfectly in all situations?
Hearing aids do not restore your hearing to 100%. Even if we programmed them to do that, most people would find that much too loud. We try
to set the hearing aids to give the best hearing for speech without making them uncomfortably loud.
It takes time to get used to hearing aids; your voice may sound different and you may be aware
of them on or in your ears. In addition your will be hearing sounds that you have not heard recently.
It takes time for your brain to sort out which ones you want to hear, and which ones to ignore. This can take several weeks or months.
Many people find that after wearing hearing aids for 2 – 3
months they are ready to have them turned up slightly.