A Guide to Better Hearing
Don’t wait to get your hearing tested.
So when do you need a hearing aid? Learning about hearing and hearing aids can help you feel more confident and motivated to address your hearing concerns. Take advantage of this motivation and follow the next steps.
Do you know when to get a hearing aid?
Your ease of adapting to hearing aids decreases over time, because you are no longer accustomed to normal sounds. Your brain simply forgets how to hear normally. So the answer to when you should get a hearing aid is as soon as you are diagnosed with hearing loss by a qualified professional.
How to get a hearing aid.
This guide to better hearing will help you plan and set your expectations:
- Find a licensed, reputable hearing care professional. This could be an audiologist, otolaryngologist, otologist, or another hearing care professional. Most offer a hearing test at no cost, but be sure to ask before you make an appointment. Seek referrals from friends or use the hearing professional locator on this site to find a reputable hearing care professional near you. You should also feel free to do your own research on the solutions available and perhaps compare prices for the same hearing aids from different hearing aid providers. Check with your health insurance company to determine the costs and types of hearing aids they will cover.
- Make an appointment for your hearing test and consultation. The hearing care professional will examine your ears for possible physical causes of hearing loss like excessive wax build-up, infection, or other obstruction. A hearing test will be performed to measure your ability to detect sounds of varying frequencies. The result is an audiogram which maps your hearing loss. The test doesn‘t hurt and it helps your hearing care professional find a solution to suit your particular needs. Ask questions and speak freely. The more you share, the easier it will be to find the hearing solution that fits your hearing loss and your lifestyle. The entire process can take about an hour.
- Choose your hearing system. Based on the results of your test and consultation, your hearing care professional will recommend a hearing solution best suited to your hearing and personal needs. Your hearing care professional knows what you need, but the ultimate decision is up to you. There is a wide variety of hearing aid styles. Your hearing care professional should explain the adjustments and fittings needed for each type of hearing aid.
- Have your ear impression made. If you have chosen a custom hearing aid you will be scheduled for an ear impression, which is an exact duplicate of the contours of your ears. Your ear impression is sent to a hearing aid manufacturer to make your hearing aid. At Sivantos, impressions of your ears are carefully replicated for the best fit possible. This usually only takes a few days.
- Schedule your fitting. Your hearing care professional may also schedule an appointment to optimally adjust your hearing aid. The adjustments are done with a computer, based on an audiogram and your consultation. Your hearing care professional will provide hearing aid help by teaching you how to operate your hearing aids and how to adjust them for hearing in different environments. You will also practice inserting and removing your hearing aids and learn how to clean and care for them.
- Follow up. Wear your new hearing aids for a few days in your regular surroundings. You may want to write down your impressions of the sounds you hear. Based on how well you can hear in your everyday surroundings, your hearing care professional may make additional adjustments.
- Learn to enjoy all the sounds of life again. In the beginning, learning to listen with hearing aids can take time and patience. You may need to learn to ignore unwanted sounds, just as you used to do with normal hearing. Though the latest hearing aid technology provides natural, comfortable sound that helps you live life to its fullest, it‘s not realistic to expect 100 percent hearing in all situations.