If you’ve just made the decision to seek treatment for your hearing loss, congratulations! Though 48 million Americans experience some degree of hearing loss, only 20% of people actually seek the treatment they need.
The process of finding the right hearing aid takes time and attention. Because hearing is a highly personalized experience, we will work with you to find the best hearing aids customized to meet your specific hearing needs. Here are 12 things to consider while looking for a hearing aid:
What type of hearing loss do I have?
There are three types of hearing loss. Based on your audiogram, we will be able to determine the type of hearing loss you are experiencing and will recommend hearing aids to meet these needs.
What degree and configuration of hearing loss do I have?
From your audiogram, we’ll be able to determine the degree of hearing loss you are experiencing, from mild to profound. In terms of configuration, there is bilateral hearing loss (which affects both ears) and unilateral hearing loss (which affect only one ear). There are many different hearing aids on the market designed to meet a range of degrees and configurations of hearing loss.
What type of hearing aids do I want?
Consider your lifestyle and aesthetic preferences. If you wear glasses, take this into consideration, as some hearing aids are worn behind-the-ear, which may interfere with the position of your glasses. If you have an active lifestyle, you may want to consider hearing aids with a higher IP rating.
What is the difference between hearing aid models and styles?
All hearing aids consist of the same components: microphone, amplifier, receiver, battery, volume control, and electrical components. In-the-ear hearing aids house all of these components in one unit, while behind-the-ear hearing aids have two or three distinct, connected parts.
Will hearing aids worsen my hearing?
Hearing aids do not worsen your hearing; in fact, they improve the way your brain functions. With hearing loss, the brain struggles to make sense of incoming sound signals. Hearing aids assist by amplifying and organizing these sounds.
Do I have to buy two hearing aids?
It depends on the configuration of your hearing loss. With a hearing test, your results are recorded individually by ear. Based on the configuration, bilateral hearing loss requires treatment with two hearing aids, while unilateral hearing loss can be treated with one specialized hearing aid.
Are hearing aids easy to operate?
Generally speaking, it does depend on your dexterity abilities. Hearing aids are quite small, and therefore for people with arthritis, they may be difficult to operate. However, most hearing aids on the market offer wireless capabilities, which allows you to control your listening experience through an app connected to your smartphone.
What if I have an active lifestyle?
Most hearing aid brands offer devices covered in a protective coating with a high IP rating, which gives them resistance to water and dirt. Also, there are hearing aid models with a longer battery life, as well as rechargeable hearing aids that quickly charge on the go. If you are out and about all day, or if you run, sail, hike, cycle, etc., talk to us about hearing aids that will complement your lifestyle.
What do I need to know about batteries?
All hearing aids require batteries to run, and depending on the frequency of use, batteries need to be replaced weekly or biweekly. In recent years, rechargeable hearing aids have become more popular and hearing aid brands have started providing a rechargeable option due to consumer demand. Rechargeable hearing aids give you anywhere between 16 to 24 hours of unlimited listening on a single charge, and are easy to operate.
How do I care for my hearing aids?
Your hearing aids require a cool, dry place for storage, preferably overnight. Avoid storing them in the bathroom, where moisture is more likely to connect. You’ll receive instructions on how to clean your hearing aids when you are fitted for them. Avoid taking apart your devices or trying to make complicated repairs – hearing aids are sensitive electronic devices and require professional repairs if necessary.
How do I connect my hearing aids to my smartphone or tablet?
Certain hearing aid models are equipped with Bluetooth technology, which gives you the option to connect to your smart phones, personal electronic devices, and home entertainment systems. This allows you to stream audio and phone calls directly to your hearing aids! Depending on your model, we’ll help you set up the connect and make sure that it runs smoothly.
What if my hearing aids don’t work as well as they once did?
Come visit us at Hearing Health so that we can take a look at your hearing aids. They may just require repairs. If that doesn’t work, it may mean that your hearing abilities have changed and you require a higher level of support. We’ll give you a hearing test to update your results and work with you to find the best solution moving forward.