If you have recently been instructed or advised to wear hearing aids then
What Is It Really Like Using Hearing Aids?
Have you recently noticed that you are losing your hearing? This may be something that has come on suddenly or something that has been building and gradually getting worse over time. Whichever one it may be there is light at the end of the tunnel and experiencing hearing loss will be no more.
Your hearing loss may be caused by something simple such as a build-up of wax in your ears. If this is the case then it can be sorted with a quick and easy treatment. However, if your hearing loss is due to you getting older and a natural decline in the ear function then there is also help for this.
When To Seek Help
It is time to seek help from an audiologist at the first sign of trouble – for example, if the comments from friends and family about raised voices and loud TVs start to bug you. First, take a trip to your doctor who can tell you if a visit to an audiologist is needed. They may refer you for hearing tests with an audiologist. If this is the case, then you know you are in good hands and you will get the help needed.
When you experience hearing loss you may have other symptoms such as problems with your balance and issues with your speech. Speech complications often come with younger people who can’t hear properly. If you struggle to hear what is being said, then you won’t pick up as much information along the way.
If the results of your hearing tests come back that you would benefit from hearing aids, then your audiologist will be able to advise which ones are best.
Types Of Treatment
There are three types of hearing aid that are commonly used for people experiencing hearing loss. The first is the one most people are aware of, this one goes around the top and back of the ear allowing sounds to enter. These hearing aids can be turned off, turned down and completely removed as and when needed. The second type is a small device that sits just inside your ear amplifying sounds traveling to the ear, and the last is very similar to the second option; it just goes further into your ear.
Depending on the type of hearing loss you are experiencing will depend on which type of hearing aid you will benefit from more.
If you are offered hearing aids, then your audiologist will give you lots of advice on how to look after your hearing aids. They will also offer you an aftercare support program until you are comfortable looking after your hearing aids yourself.
It is important that you get your hearing aids fitted by an audiologist, so it is done correctly. An ill-fitting hearing aid can cause more damage than good and you won’t feel any of the benefits.
Remember they need to be taken out when you are showering, bathing, swimming and sleeping. Always wear them when you are going out with family or friends so you can keep up with conversations.
It is essential that you look after your hearing aids, you will be given a special storage box for them, so you don’t lose them when they are not in use. You will need to invest in hearing aid batteries as they will need replacing from time to time. When the battery goes you will know as the hearing aid may make an awful high-pitched whistling sound.
Opinions And Thoughts
People who have had hearing aids have nothing but positive thoughts on the matter. It takes a while to adjust, especially if you have been without hearing for a while. The sounds can seem a bit harsh at first. This could be due to you still adjusting or it may mean your hearing aid is too sensitive to sounds coming through it. If this is the case head back to your audiologist who will adjust the sound settings for you.
We hope you found this article helpful and you take away a little information on what it’s like to live with hearing aids and if you think you might benefit from them. They can really be life-changing and can mean the difference between clear communication and not hearing or understanding at all.
If you want more help and advice on hearing aids then contact Arkansas Professional Hearing Care, call us today at (501) 588-0177.