Have you been straining your ears for too long? Feels like you are losing out on life? Maybe it is time you to get your first hearing aid. Worried about how the experience will turn out to be? Then, this is just the right place for you. Over here, let us attempt to understand how hearing aids work and what are the preliminary steps you must follow before choosing your first ever hearing aid.
OK, so here is the truth about hearing aids. They cannot restore normal hearing. But they can aid the process of listening for you. For example, a hearing aid will amplify soft sounds, helping you to hear them without trouble. There are small microphones imbued in hearing aids that pick up sounds from the environment and a computer chip with an amplifier that amplifies the sounds optimally so that you can now listen to them. Most hearing aids are digital and powered by batteries.
Having said that, here are 3 things that you must do before getting your first ever hearing aid:
Research and schedule the first appointment– This is the most important and perhaps the scariest step. So seek help from your those around you. But it is absolutely mandatory for you to read up and gather information about hearing loss and treatment options. Then, schedule your first appointment with a hearing healthcare professional (HHP) whom you think you can trust. Getting your first hearing aid is a big decision but your HHP should be able to help you out.
Get a hearing test done– Arriving for your first appointment, this is what you can expect: ear inspection, testing, test reviews, education and demonstration. It is advisable to have a companion to accompany you to the clinic, and be ready to share your complete medical history with your HHP. Also you might be asked to explain your hearing loss, communication needs and your feelings associated with it. This can be calming as well as beneficial for you, emotionally speaking.
Get the hearing aid that suits you best– It is important to understand that no two people are the same. So just because you know of someone who has had a bad experience with hearing aids, it does not mean that the same will hold true for you. Let your HHP guide you through the process and while making the purchase make sure that you are aware of the technical aspects of your hearing aid, like the pricing, the technology, batter life and size and your hearing aid warranty. Know the trial period and understand the volume control.
Hearing aids might seem like an alien experience in the beginning but things will fall into place in no time at all. At the Listening Lab, you will be provided with the complete spectrum of hearing care services right from evaluation to fitting of the tinnitus along with counselling and rehabilitation for hearing device users. So get in touch with your HHP today to get back to life bang on!