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Four Steps to Successful Hearing

01/15/2015

The decision to purchase hearing aids is an important one and should be made with care. During the comprehensive hearing test, your hearing care professional should have discussed what the results meant for your sense of hearing, factoring your lifestyle preferences into the equation. The hearing aids will then be tailored to correct your hearing loss and meet your other preferences. We also help out by providing online training in order to help you get used to your new hearing aids as quickly as possible.

Step 1: Choosing the right hearing aids

Choosing new hearing aids involves a great deal more than simply finding the right fit and design. Components such as the hearing tube or the ear molds must look the way you prefer while still meeting acoustic demands. It’s equally important to consider the demands you will place on your new hearing aids.

Today, the range of hearing aids available is extensive and innovative, from the tiniest hearing systems that vanish almost entirely into your ear canal to classic behind-the-ear devices in various sizes and designs. Depending on the model selected, they may come equipped with tinnitus programs, have the capability to link to communications and consumer electronics devices, run on rechargeable batteries, or offer up to six preset programs. Additionally, an extensive array of accessories are available, including a variety of remote controls, a charging station, and smartphone apps. At selection, the hearing care professional will provide you with advice based on your individual needs and circumstances.

Step 2: The first fitting

Almost as important as hearing aid selection is the subsequent fitting to accommodate your hearing loss and personal hearing sensations. Many of our hearing aids come equipped with a variety of individual settings options used to automatically adjust to a wearer’s listening environment — whether you’re listening to music, holding a quiet conversation for two, or in a restaurant situation with multiple speakers and background sounds. All these functions are programmed to reflect your personal listening habits and expectations. This is how the hearing aids do the best possible job of mitigating interference and providing useful amplification in everyday situations.

Step 3: Getting used to new hearing aids

An important part of our consultation is a 20-day online training course that helps you become accustomed to your new hearing aids. At the same time, it helps the hearing care professional fine-tune your hearing aids. And if there are any questions still unanswered at the end of the course, videos are available online at all times, offering advice on day-to-day living with hearing aids. These videos cover topics that range from changing batteries and selecting program settings to cleaning and drying your hearing aids.

Step 4: Satisfaction

We know that qualified consultation and support are crucial to success in customizing and gaining wearers’ acceptance of our hearing aids. Working with a hearing care professional you select the design and performance class that best suits your personal needs and lifestyle, and learn how to work and hear with your new hearing aids. The hearing aids will be your everyday companion from now on, so it’s important you are comfortable wearing and adjusting them, in order to enjoy the sounds of life to their fullest once again.

 

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