HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT HEARING AIDS
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HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT HEARING AIDS
Choosing the right hearing aid can be overwhelming & difficult, but it doesn't need to be. For over a decade, Priority Hearing Aid Group has helped adults with hearing loss to understand & communicate more effectively.
Top 5 Predictors of Hearing Aid Satisfaction
1. Aftercare Service
2. Helpful & Experienced Staff
3. Quality of Service
4. The Best Technology
5. Convenient Location & Local Service
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With accurate testing, professional guidance and consistent follow-up care, your satisfaction with your investment in hearing aids will be greatly enhanced. Our NBC-HIS certified experts can guide you to the best hearing aid for your lifestyle. Schedule an appointment for a free hearing assessment and free 45 day device trial!
HEARING AID PURCHASE STEPS
Follow these four steps to get the best performance out of your hearing aids
Your journey to better hearing begins with an accurate hearing evaluation*. The results of this test, combined with your lifestyle, budget considerations, and personal preferences must be weighed equally when determining the hearing aid that will be of most benefit to you.
At the time of the hearing evaluation, a case history will be taken to determine how you and your family perceive your hearing problem. Questions will also be asked about the onset of the hearing loss, presence of tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and dizziness. Based on the results of the hearing test and the answers to these questions, your hearing care professional may make a referral to a medical doctor for an examination and possible treatment. If the testing reveals a sensorineural hearing loss, a hearing aid may be recommended for one or both ears.
*Test to determine if you can be helped by a hearing aid
Step 2: Choosing the Hearing Aid that is Right for You
There are literally thousands of hearing aids from which to choose. Your hearing care professional will use the information that you provided in your case history and the results of your evaluation to help narrow those choices for you, but the final decision on which hearing aid to purchase is yours.
The main types of hearing aids available today are conventional (analog) and digital:
Conventional analog hearing aids are basically amplifiers that feature manual volume controls and manual fine-tuning. Primarily beneficial for listening in easy, relatively quiet situations, such as in one-on-one conversations and while listening to the television, this technology provides limited flexibility in meeting individual needs
Digital Hearing Aid Technology accounts for most of the hearing aids sold today. In fact, the basic digital hearing aid costs about the same as a conventional analog hearing aid. The digital hearing aid contains a computer chip that amplifies sounds digitally. The quality of the sound produced by the computer chip is excellent
Digital hearing aids are flexible and can be re-programmed by your hearing care professional or hearing aid specialist by using a computer equipped with special software and hardware. These technologically advanced hearing aids can respond to soft sounds in one way and to loud sounds in a completely different fashion. Some digital hearing aids even have the capability to reduce some environmental noises such as motors running or dishes clanging.
Two hearing aids are better than one if you have hearing loss in both ears.
Wearing hearing aids bilaterally (one in each ear) will improve your ability to:
Hear in noisy settings
Allow you to localize sounds in your environment
Improve your ability to understand speech, especially in the presence of background noise
Hear soft sounds at lower levels
Step 3 The Hearing Aid Fitting
During the hearing aid fitting, the device is programmed to meet the needs of the wearer. The new wearer is provided with instructions on how to insert the hearing aid in the ear and remove it, how to change batteries and how to care for and clean the device. This is also the time that the hearing care professional reiterates the function of the hearing aid as it relates to the individual's life style.
Hearing aids work very well when they are fitted and adjusted appropriately, but it is important to understand that they do not provide “perfect” hearing or restore your hearing to normal. Instead, hearing aids provide you with additional information to help you hear and understand more effectively.You should expect that your hearing aids are comfortable to wear, both in the way they feel and in the way you hear sounds. If there is any discomfort at all you should seek counsel from your hearing care professional immediately.
Step 4 Ensuring Your Satisfaction with your Hearing Aids
Did You Know? Hearing aid studies have shown that people who have a positive attitude adjust to hearing with hearing aids more readily.
It also helps to:
Identify communication settings that are difficult for you: describe those situations to your hearing care professional or hearing aid specialist so he or she can help you develop strategies to manage your difficult listening situations
Be patient: hearing loss typically develops over many years. Becoming re-acquainted with sounds you haven’t heard for awhile will take practice and time. It is important not to become disillusioned or frustrated while your brain adjusts to the sounds provided by your hearing aids
Commit to wearing your hearing aids every day: it takes time to adjust to wearing hearing aids and the amount of time required varies from person to person. You may need just few days, but it could take as long as a few months to feel comfortable wearing hearing aids. In general, the greater the hearing loss and the longer amount of time the hearing loss has been present, the more difficult the transition to using hearing aids is. There is no perfect way to learn how to adjust to hearing aids, but hearing our hearing aid specialists are uniquely trained to help you achieve a smooth transition
Understand the truth about background noise: virtually everyone, hearing aid users and non hearing aid users, complain about background noise at one time or another. There is no way for a hearing aid to eliminate the sounds that the wearer does not want to hear. The good news is that there are now hearing aid circuits and features available that help to minimize some unwanted sounds. For example, research reveals that dual microphones effectively reduce background noise for many people with certain types of hearing losses. Your hearing care professional can help you determine the best circuits and microphone options for your hearing loss and communication needs.
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