While your hearing healthcare professional will give a lot of advice and information regarding choosing the hearing aid that is best for you, you are the primary decision-maker in this process. At first that might seem a daunting task. ESPecially considering that most are very unfamiliar with the ins and outs of hearing instruments when they buy their first one. Being prepared in advance will help to reduce any anxiety, and will aid in making great decisions for your hearing!
Finding your best aids insinuates that you are ready for amplification in the first place. What is your motivation? Self-motivated patients are more likely to be satisfied and to perceive benefit than those who are pushed into purchasing by friends and family members. Having no aids is better than cost aids sitting in a drawer unused. Self-assessment your level of readiness. How do you feel about wearing amplification daily? Are you seeking for more information related to your hearing loss and amplification choices? Are ready and willing to discuss your desires and needs with a professional? High motivation equivalents greater likelihood of success!
In order to find the aid that is best for you, it is crucial to maintain reasonable expectations. Your devices will not be a “cure all” for your hearing loss. Even the most advanced digital hearing instruments can not return hearing to “normal”. However, with proper programming and regular use, your aids should be able to improve audit and lessen the strain of daily communication. While most people want products to last as long as possible, hearing instruments roughly have a life span of 5-10 years.
Once you have been fit, be prepared to discuss sound quality at the initial and follow-up fittings. Prepare to hear questions regarding the clarity, volume, comfort, naturalness of sound, sound of your own voice, comfort of sound and of wear, and internal / external hearing aid noise. If issues arrive in any of these areas, your hearing healthcare professional will make programming adjustments as needed. Modern digital aids should be able to be customized to your desires for sound quality – within reason.
Be patient. Take time to get to know your aids and your hearing again. In order to determine whether you are benefiting, it is necessary to spend a great deal of time wearing the aids. Be realistic. You will be able to hear better, but it is not a bionic ear. It is natural to hear background sounds and noise.
Normal hearing persons hear the same sounds you are hearing, but you will have to relearn to ignore unimportant sounds. In the beginning, background noises may be a thorn in your side. With time, these sounds will become less noticeable.
Call your hearing healthcare provider for further information and assistance today! What are you waiting for? Go get your aids aids and start improving your hearing now!