A Guide to Buying New Hearing Aids
The day has finally come when you will plunge into a new world of clear and accurate hearing. Congratulations! The road ahead will lead you to exciting adventures in a world of sound. With hearing assistance, you will be amazed at the ways your life improves, including social engagements, travels through your day, and in your home environment. Though you have made the essential step to realize that you would benefit from hearing assistance, you still have to take several steps to get the aids in hand and to make sure you can use them effectively. The following guide provides a few basic reminders of how to get the most benefit from hearing aids. With these tips in mind, you will be able to hear a new world!
Reach Out for Support
As you navigate the process, it can be helpful to have someone alongside you for moral support and logistical assistance. Bringing a friend, family member, or loved one with you to your appointments can make the process more enjoyable. This person can also be helpful when you are presented with options for the many hearing aids on the market. It can be a tricky decision, so another trusted perspective can help you ensure you get the right assistance for your lifestyle and individual needs. You may want to consider bringing along someone who has already navigated hearing assistance, whether for their own hearing or if they have assisted someone else with the process. The more information, the better!
Find the Right Provider
Of the many providers of hearing assistance, you will want to make sure you secure help from a certified professional. At Hearing Improvement Center, our team is here to support you on the journey to better hearing. We provide comprehensive hearing health services, from hearing tests to hearing aid fittings.
On your first visit to Hearing Improvement Center, you will likely be given a hearing test. This exam is simple, painless, and can be very quick. The most common type of hearing test is called pure tone audiometry, in which tones of different pitches and volumes are played to you through headphones in a soundproof environment. When you hear the tones you will be asked to gesture to the examiner or press a button. Don’t worry if you feel that you aren’t hearing all the tones that are played. The test is designed to find the limits of your hearing, so nobody is expected to hear all the sounds sent to the headphones.
In addition to the hearing test, we find that it is equally important to have an in-depth consultation with you about the environments and social situations in which you need to have hearing assistance. Some people struggle to hear voices in a crowd while others would like to be able to use the television, phone, or music players in their homes at a reasonable volume. When you have your consultation, be sure to disclose all of the difficult hearing situations you can recall. You may even want to write these down prior to your visit so that you don’t forget instances that made hearing difficult.
Hearing Aid Selection
With this information in mind, our team will give you a recommendation for some of the aids that will suit your needs. New developments in hearing aid technology make a wide range of features available, including streaming, Bluetooth compatibility, and syncing with smartphone applications for total customization. Though some people will be interested in all of these services, others will find that they are unnecessary.
You’ll have the opportunity to consider the features that interest you and those that seem like you won’t use them. With these decisions in place, you will be able to make a choice of the hearing aids that suit your needs and your budget. Don’t forget to take advantage of training and ongoing consultation services after you have the hearing aids in hand. It is not enough to get the aids if you are unsure how to use them effectively!
Visit Us at Hearing Improvement Center
Treating hearing loss is an important move for your overall health and well-being. At Hearing Improvement Center, we are committed to helping you find the best solution for your hearing needs. We look forward to hearing from you!