A hearing aid is customized in several phasesPosted on December 7, 2013 by ECR Louisville in Blog, Caregiver Education, Hearing Loss
Recognition of hearing loss
If you experience hearing loss, one of the first steps is the decision to try a modern hearing aid. The earlier you recognize the hearing loss and take action, the earlier you are able to recover your hearing ability and increase your quality of life.
A hearing aid is personal
The adjustment of a hearing aid is done in several steps. In the course of this individual process, the device is customized to fit your hearing loss, the shape of your ear and your hearing habits. This ensures the best possible adjustment that will satisfy you completely.
Phase 1: Consultation with a Hearing care professional or ENT doctor
First, a hearing care professional or ENT doctor will do a hearing test to determine whether you have a hearing loss. He or she will determine the type and degree of hearing loss individually for each ear from the information provided by the hearing test. The professional will then discuss and explain to you which technological options are best suited to your needs.
When selecting your future hearing aids and their technology, the expert will consider the degree of hearing loss, the shape of your ear canals, your personal needs, your taste and your budget. You can choose between custom models and behind-the-ear models, digitally programmable or analogue devices with or without remote control or FM receiver etc. The hearing aid specialist will take a cast of each ear to ensure that your device will fit you with the best possible comfort later on.
Phase 2: Customization and adjustment of the hearing aids
The hearing care professional has now prepared your hearing aid. He or she will insert it into your ear adjust it to your hearing loss and your hearing preferences. In addition, you will receive detailed operating instructions: How to insert the device, how to use it and how to control the volume. The specialist will also explain the maintenance to you, how to replace batteries, cleaning and drying the devices. Finally, the specialist will explain how your hearing aid reacts in different hearing situations. Now you can take your new hearing aids home.
First steps with your new hearing aid
Over the first few days, you should familiarize yourself with your new hearing aid. At first, you should wear it for a few hours per day in familiar surroundings. Some things may seem strange to you during this time. The best way to explore the new hearing sensation is to talk to people or watch television. Your own voice may sound strange or too loud to you, because you may have developed a habit of talking too loudly in order to hear your own voice. Practice speaking more softly. Write down your experiences – it will help your hearing care professional with fine-tuning your aid.
Fine-tuning from your hearing care professional
Now you will have the opportunity to discuss your first experiences with your hearing care professional. Your hearing aid will then be adjusted to suit your very specific needs. The specialist will answer all your questions and give you general advice. Your hearing aid may be adjusted at this appointment to further improve your comfort and speech understanding.
Phase 3: Using your new hearing aid
You will now enter a phase in which you are able to regain a little bit of quality of life every day. Keep using your hearing aid for a few hours per day. Take your time. You will learn how to make the best use of your hearing aid and will soon be enjoying all the benefits it has to offer.
If you have any questions, please contact your hearing aid specialist at Center for Hearing Aids, who will be happy to help you.
Center for Hearing Aids