I’ve had patients tell me they are afraid to make the investment in hearing aids because, “My Father’s hearing aids were always in the drawer.” This blog looks to address those concerns. First and foremost, your hearing needs to be medically evaluated. Once our audiologist has medically evaluated your ears they will provide you with a hearing aid consult and a risk-free trial if deemed appropriate.
Below I have listed multiple reasons why some hearing aids stay in drawers and not in ears.
Lack of Practice
Those who save their hearing aids for special occasions will not hear as well as they want to. Your brain needs practice listening through hearing aids. If you are not wearing hearing aids in easy listening environments (e.g. watching TV) you certainly will have a hard time hearing in the harder environments (e.g. restaurants). Imagine trying to run a marathon before running a mile.
Lack of Confidence
You should feel confident in using your hearing aids after your 30 day trial has ended. At Denison Hearing we want to make hearing aid use as simple as possible. The goal is to put the hearing aids in and to forget that they are there. If you want extra instructions we will take as much time as needed to make sure you feel confident with your hearing aids. There are several ways to customize your hearing aids. If you want to be able to change things on your phone, we will teach you. If you do not want your hearing aids connected to your phone, they do not have to be. If you want the hearing aids fully automatic we can arrange that too! The possibilities are endless and allow us to cater to each individual patient.
Physical fit is important not only for comfort, but also for sound quality. Using our real-ear technology, we will ensure that each patient is appropriately fit with hearing aids. At Denison Hearing, each patient fit with hearing aids receivers real-ear measurements. This equipment measures how much sound is actually being produced at the ear drum and ensures the hearing aids provide the appropriate prescription. This technology is expensive and may not be used at all clinics. A study completed by The Hearing Review revealed that less than half of audiologists surveyed performed real-ear measurements. They further reported that hearing aid fittings using his real-ear technology resulted in improved hearing aid benefit in quiet and in noise.
Sometimes your hearing aids just need a cleaning. All hearing aids have replaceable filters that need to be changed every couple of months. If you do not know how to change your filter, ask your audiologist or watch this video.
We hope with the increase in today’s technology and our patient centered approach, you will feel confident that you are buying a product you will use every day. At Denison Hearing we will take as much time necessary to make you feel confident in your decision and to improve your hearing health.
Remember, these aren’t your Father’s hearing aids!