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Hearing Aid Options

2015-05-07

Hearing Aid Options

·  Directional Microphones. These microphones provide improved ability to pickup sound based on direction — in front, back, or beside you for example. This technology improves your ability to hear in noisy environments.

·  Telephone Adapters. Also known as the telecoil, which allows easier listening when talking on the telephone. The telecoil reduces other sounds from the environment other than the telephone in your ear; thereby, this increases your ability to listen to others on the telephone. Some hearing aids automatically switch when a telephone is held near the ear. Other hearing aids may required pressing a switch to engage the telecoil. This technology works with telephones that are compatible. Cell phones are a completely different story and something like Bluetooth™ is needed to operate more effectively with a cell phone.

·  Bluetooth™ Technology. Newer digital hearing aids can use Blueooth™ wireless technology effectively to transmit sound from devices such as a cell phones. These require a device to receive and send wireless signals to and from the devices to your digital hearing aids. Since this is improved technology, you do not physically have to hold the cell phone close to your ear to activate it.

·  Remote Controls. Some digital hearing aids employ a remote control that allows for volume control adjustments without fussing around with the hearing aid. The remote could also make other adjustments that activates the microphone or increases noise reduction.

Explore Your Options

When looking for a hearing aid, explore your options and see what is out there for you. As you research more, you will get a better idea of what type of hearing aid you may required or want.

Here are some more topics to consider for choosing the right hearing aid for you:

·  Take a free hearing test. In order to determine the best hearing aid, you will need to take a hearing test to determine your level of hearing loss. Sometimes hearing problems could be easily removed earwax. Have a licensed hearing aid dispenser and specialist evaluate your ear with a free video ear canal exam for a complete inspection into earwax issues.

·  Inquire about a hearing aid trial period. Hearing aids require some time to adjust and allow for the person to make an informed decision before committing fully. It could take awhile to get familiar or comfortable with a new hearing aid. Most reputable hearing aid dealers allow for a 30 or 60 day trial period for you to get accustom to the new hearing aids.

·  Look into the cost of hearing aids. Hearing aids vary widely in cost — from several hundred dollars to several thousand. It is best then to understand key differences and features of a hearing aid in order to approximate cost for you. Reasonably priced hearing aids normally have a good balance between features and cost. Also, if you are a veteran, you may be able to receive steep discounts on hearing aids; as well, if you take part in the Federal Employee Health Benefits or Federal Bluecross Blueshield program, you may be able to receive free hearing aids at no cost to you. Always check your health insurance policy to ensure what is covered and what is not for hearing aids.

After the Purchase

Becoming accustom to new hearing aids takes time and patience. One analogy could be a brand-new mattress set and becoming familiar and relaxed with the new set and sleeping in it. Just like that new mattress set, new hearing aids require a time for adjustment to the new look and feel. You may experience sounds you never heard as clear or loud before. Even your voice may sound more accurate but also different than before.

Keep these points in mind:

·  Hearing aids do not entirely cure hearing problems. Hearing aids do the best job they can to correct hearing loss, but not cure it. Your hearing will undoubtedly improve, but not to pristine levels before you had hearing loss.

·  Allow time to adjust. It could be several weeks or months before your new hearing aids feel like normal. The more you use your new hearing aids, the more you will feel comfortable over time and the quicker you may likely adjust to the hearing aids.

·  Test using the hearing aid in different environments. Since your hearing will now be amplified by the hearing device, it is a great idea to practice using your hearing aids in a variety of situations and environments to gauge your new hearing level. You could also speak with other hearing aid users about their personal experiences to get a better idea of expectations in the long run.

·  Schedule a follow-up. Most hearing aid providers include follow-ups as a convenience to customers. It is a good idea to schedule an adjustment or see your hearing aid specialist for further recommendations as you wear your new hearing aids. They can make your hearing aid work the best for you.

In Conclusion

Though wearing a hearing aid may take time and patience for you to adjust to the changes, once you adjust to your new hearing environment, you will likely enjoy the fidelity and clarity of new sounds and experiences uniquely delivered by your hearing aids. By wearing your hearing aid and taking care of it on a regular schedule, you may notice long-term improvements towards the quality of your hearing and life.

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