If it’s time for you to select a pair of hearing aids, congratulations! You’re taking an important step toward augmenting your hearing ability and maintaining your physical and mental well-being.
If you’ve seen a few options of hearing aids, you might already be aware just how many devices are available. While the market can be daunting at first glance, there are so many options because there are so many different lifestyles and needs that can be addressed by different types of hearing aids.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you meet your audiologist to choose your hearing aids.
Bring a Buddy
Whether it’s your spouse, a family member, or a trusted friend, it will be helpful to have another person with you to help keep track of the options being presented. You’ll be getting a lot of information quickly, and two heads remember better than one!
Come In With a Sense of Your Lifestyle Needs
What are you hoping to get out of your hearing aids? Do you have an active social life or are you more of a homebody? Do you go to see a lot of movies or watch television? Do you spend a lot of time on the telephone? Are you a member of the workforce or are you retired? Do you play sports or exercise regularly?
The answers to these questions can take you down different paths to the hearing aids that will make the most sense for you. Think about the activities that mean the most to you and let your audiologist know what kinds of problems your hearing loss is causing when you engage in them.
Don’t Hesitate to Try Them On
Your audiologist will likely have floor models available that could be fitted with a disposable tip and programmed with your hearing loss profile, which would have been determined in your hearing test. This is an important decision, so don’t hesitate to give a couple options a try and see if one feels better right off the bat.
While you’re looking for a good fit here, keep in mind that adjusting to new hearing aids will take a few weeks and you may need to adjust your fitment (programming) a few times once you get your personal set. Don’t expect that any hearing aid will feel perfect the first time you put it in.
Consider the Add-Ons
People who spend a lot of time on the phone or frequently attend lectures might get good use out of a telecoil. Music listening features might be important for someone who is a musician or a music lover. There are many features available with modern hearing aids that can do pretty amazing things. Our team is here to guide you through the different features available and how they can benefit your hearing abilities and your lifestyle.
If your hearing loss has gone untreated for some time, it may not be enough to simply put in a set of hearing aids and go back to normal. The brain adjusts itself based on what is coming in from the ears, so you may need some help learning to understand speech again and getting used to hearing the sounds around you. Read aloud to yourself to get accustomed to your voice or try having conversations with a small group of people to get comfortable.
If you feel discomfort or experience poor sound quality or any other issues, our team is here to help. We understand that the adjustment period is a time where we can fine-tune your devices.
Ready to treat your hearing loss?
Our team is here to help. If you’ve experienced any changes in your hearing abilities, whether for the first time or with a pair of current hearing aids, it is important to take a hearing test. This is the most accurate way to fit your hearing aids to meet your needs. Visiting our team of licensed hearing health professionals ensures that you’ll get the best fitting for your hearing needs. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!