The Stages Involved in Getting a Hearing Aid
Step #1: The Hearing Aid Evaluation
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. If the testing reveals a sensorineural hearing loss, then a hearing aid may be recommended for one or both ears.
Step #2: Choosing the Hearing Aid that is Right for You
Step #3: The Hearing Aid Fitting
Step #4: Ensuring Your Satisfaction with your Hearing Aids
Tips for Success for First Time Hearing Aid Users
Have realistic expectations
Hearing aids have a long list of benefits to your long term health, but it’s important to remember 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.
Wear your devices daily to adjust faster:
Communicate your difficulties
Know that background noise cannot be completely eliminated
Two hearing aids are better than one!
If you have hearing loss in both ears. Wearing hearing devices bilaterally (one in each ear) will improve your ability to:
- Hear in noisy settings
- Localize to sounds in your environment
- Improve your ability to understand speech, especially in the presence of background noise
- Hear soft sounds at lower levels