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What Should you Know Before Buying Hearing Aids?

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If you are one of the 50 million Americans that experience hearing loss, it's very likely that hearing aids will form an integral feature of your ongoing management plan. Before buying hearing aids, though, it's imperative that you prepare yourself for the process ahead. 

After all, without the necessary education, you'll never unlock the full potential of wearing hearing aids. Here's everything you need to know before wearing hearing aids for the first time.

A thorough hearing test is essential

The first thing you must do before checking out different hearing aids is to gain a deeper understanding of your hearing profile. No two people have identical hearing profiles, which is why you must undergo a comprehensive examination with help from an audiologist.

While hearing loss is commonly categorized as either mild, moderate, severe, or profound, your audiologist can identify the exact level of hearing loss through a range of tests. They include pure-tone tests, tympanometry, speech testing, bone conduction testing and more.

Audiology appointments are completely painless and last roughly an hour. Crucially, the results they offer will help you discover the right hearing aids for your needs.

Your comfort is paramount

Not all hearing aids are suited to all levels of hearing loss, but an audiologist can successfully use your hearing test results to offer guidance as to which devices are most suitable. In addition to the performance of your hearing aids, though, you must consider the comfort.

Hearing aids are available in various styles. The most common are behind the ear (BTE), in the ear (ITE) and in the canal (ITC). Whether you desire a less visible ITE device or need hearing aids that are matched to your career and lifestyle habits, an audiologist will support you through the process.

Given that you will wear the hearing aids for several hours at a time, discomfort is not an option. This is one of many reasons why buying online without a hearing aid fitting is ill-advised.

The variety of features is huge

Hearing aids technologies have evolved at an exponential rate, which is unsurprising considering how many people experience hearing loss. In addition to a wide range of styles, fittings and appearances, there are many additional features that you may be interested in using.

Some hearing aids have the ability to connect to various assistive listening devices (ALDs) through Bluetooth to ensure that hearing the radio, TV or telephone is far easier. Other features include the ability to play white noise to mask tinnitus symptoms, and noise reduction facilities.

Many hearing aids additionally boast features that are aimed to help users with poor eyesight or dexterity. Once again, visiting an audiologist is the key to success.

Hearing aids must be calibrated to your needs

Finding the right type and brand of hearing aids provides a solid platform to build upon. However, the only way to unlock the best results is to ensure that the hearing aids are calibrated to your hearing profile. The best way to do this is through a hearing aids fitting with your audiologist.

The audiologist will use this appointment as an opportunity to check that the hearing ads perform as expected and restore your hearing to the expected levels. It's also a chance to confirm that the fitting and all parts of the device are positioned correctly. This ensures they won't break.

If you are going to wear hearing aids, it's important that you gain the very best service. The calibration process is an essential step that will enable you to achieve this outcome.

A transitional phase is to be expected

Most people that experience hearing loss have witnessed a gradual deterioration. The human brain is very good at adapting to this, and you may not have even noticed a problem until having the hearing test. So, when your hearing aids are worn for the first time, it can be a major shock to the system.

In fact, a large percentage of new users are left a little overwhelmed. It can take a few weeks to truly acclimatize to the enhanced hearing profile. You can make the transition a little easier on yourself by wearing them for an hour each day before slowly increasing the duration.

Once you get used to following conversations or the TV with ease, you can think about wearing them outdoors to hear birdsong, traffic and other noises. Patience truly is a virtue.

If you could benefit from wearing hearing aids, only the best solution will suffice. Take the first steps by calling Lowe Audiology at 260-222-7925 today!