Tips for New Hearing Aid Wearers
Congratulations! You have made a wise decision in the purchasing of new hearing aids. The goal is that these aids should change the quality of your life for the better. The staff at Audiologic Solutions is committed to your better hearing. As such, we are providing you with some tips to help you and your loved ones communicate better, as hearing aids are only part of the solution to better hearing.
- Be patient: Adjusting to new technology takes time, patience, and ongoing assessment. Document your observations. We will be able to readjust your technology as needed based on your observations. Typically, we like to wait 2 weeks before the initial adjustment to give your brain a chance to adjust. However, if you feel you cannot wear the aids for any reason, please call our office to be seen right away.
- Wear your aids all day: It is important for your brain to get used to hearing with your hearing aids on. If you only wear them part time it is difficult for your brain to adjust to different situations. It is also difficult for loved ones as they won't know if you have your aids in or not. Adjustments cannot be made to the aids if you are not wearing them on a regular basis. We recommend at least 8 hours a day of wearing time if not more.
- Avoid moisture/chemicals: Although most hearing aids these days are water resistant, moisture/humidity can cause your hearing aid to stop working. Do not keep them in the bathroom. If the aids just fade or stop working, or if you get them wet, open the battery door and dry off the battery. You can apply a cool heat source such as a hair dryer to them. If you cannot get them working again, please give our office a call. We have a special machine that can remove moisture from hearing aids.
- Ask your family for help: Most often people speak very fast, and as such, consonants are dropped making speech unclear. Ask your partner/friend to slow down their rate of speech. Have them PAUSE between their words. This will allow speech to become clear. Ask them not to chew gum, or have their hand in front of their face when speaking with you. Lip-reading is a must in most difficult listening situations.
- Need Help? Contact us today. We are always here for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Why should I visit an audiologist?
Hearing care is an important part of healthcare. An audiologist is a licensed professional who has a masters or doctoral degree in the science of audiology. Audiologists are clinically, academically, and professionally trained to identify and treat changes in hearing, and to determine which hearing issues require medical referral and/or assistive listening devices.
Please beware of "special deals" on hearing devices, or the ability to "trade in" your older instruments. If they are still working, they would make good spares. While we will take donations of hearing devices for those less fortunate, a "dollar off" amount for a trade in should raise red flags.
We share this community with many great audiology practices. We believe in the value of our profession and we strive to provide the best service we can based upon the individual needs of each patient.
Q. How can I find out if I need a hearing aid?
During your visit to our office an audiological evaluation will be conducted. The resulting audiogram will determine your current hearing level and if hearing instruments would provide benefit. If any medical contraindications are identified, patients are referred to an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat doctor). This comprehensive evaluation by our Doctors of Audiology is billable to most insurances.