If you’ve been diagnosed with hearing loss, one of the best choices you can make towards improving your health and quality of life is to get hearing aids. Hearing aids facilitate better hearing and improve your cognitive skills. They also decrease your risk of depression, anxiety and social isolation and make it easier to keep up with work and school, as well as staying connected to your friends and family.
Choosing the right hearing aid for your needs is part of treating your hearing loss. Modern hearing aids offer a wide range of features including audio streaming from digital devices, rechargeable batteries and tinnitus relief therapy. When you get your hearing aids at Ascent Audiology our team works with you to make sure you find the hearing aids best suited to your lifestyle.
Not only is the right hearing aid about choosing a device that is well suited to you, your hearing aid will also need to be custom fitted and programmed to your ear canal and hearing pattern. Hearing aids are programmed according to your audiogram to provide hearing assistance specifically where you need it the most.
Fitting Your Hearing Aid
Getting your hearing aids properly fitted to you may take a little time. Depending on the features and availability of the hearing aids you choose, your Hearing Aid Specialist may have to order your new devices. Some hearing aids are precisely fitted to the ear from a custom mold made from your ear canal. Precision earmolds make sure that your hearing aid rests in your ear exactly as it is supposed to and maximizes your comfort.
Quality hearing aids aren’t “one size fits all” – for best performance, your hearing aids need to be specifically tailored to your ears and hearing ability. New hearing aids will also need to be programmed. Your initial hearing aid programming will be based on the audiogram created with your hearing test. Your audiogram highlights areas where your hearing is limited and your hearing aids are programmed to compensate for those challenges. Modern digital hearing aids will help expand the range of what you can hear by amplifying incoming sound frequencies that are difficult for you to detect.
All through the process of choosing a new hearing aid and having it fit, your hearing specialist will go over the details of using and caring for your hearing aid. If there is anything you are unsure of, this is a great time to ask. You’ll want to understand the capabilities of your hearing aids so you can make the most use of them. You will also want to be sure you understand how to properly wear and clean your hearing devices.
Adapting To Your New Hearing Aids
While a new set of hearing aids of hearing aids is an important step to better health, it may take some time to get used to how they work. Unlike glasses which can correct out of focus vision immediately, hearing works differently. Hearing loss often changes the cognitive patterns we use for hearing, permanently altering the way we hear. During your first days with a new hearing aid certain sounds may come off as abnormally loud, annoying or out-of-place.
You’ll want to stick with using your hearing aids even if they don’t feel immediately helpful or comfortable. As your hearing adapts to their assistance, they will begin to feel more natural and your range of hearing and ability to comprehend speech will expand.
When your hearing aids are fitted to you, you’ll also schedule a follow-up appointment. New hearing aids will look and feel unusual at first. The follow up appointment will give you a few weeks to adjust to your hearing aids on your own and notice any issues with comfort or sound balance that don’t subside with time. Your hearing specialist can fine tune the fit and programming of your hearing aids during your follow up visit.
Take the Time To Make Good Choices
Your hearing is important, each step of the way you’ll want to take the time you need to make a good decision. Be sure you give yourself the time to go over the best options with your hearing specialist and be patient with yourself and let your hearing adjust to your new devices.