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What Should you Know Before Buying Hearing Aids?

an audiologist is performing a hearing aid fitting

Are you struggling with hearing your friends and family? Well, hearing aids may be an excellent option for you. Hearing aids are easy to slip into your everyday routine, allowing you to hear your loved ones and your favorite sounds again. 

Hearing aids are the most effective way to manage your hearing loss. Although hearing aids do not cure your hearing loss, they make your hearing more manageable to bring your hearing back to life with high quality, crisp level of sound.

Before you buy hearing aids, there are some things that you need to know to benefit from your hearing aid fully.

Do you need one?

Having a check and getting diagnosed is the first step to getting a hearing aid if you have any uncertainties. An audiologist can complete diagnosis, or there are many tests online. Still, having a hearing aid can provide a small benefit with cases of profound hearing loss.

Your hearing aid style

There are many styles of hearing aids on the market, such as in the ear (ITE), behind the ear (BTE) and in the canal (ITC). Hearing aids vary in the way that sits in the ear, to others that fit behind, each that differs from person to person depending on what you find most comfortable. When you get them installed, your audiologist will show you each one and how they fit and how to take them out and put them in. If you do not want them to be visible, then the invisible inner ear ones may be a good option. They are not entirely unseen; you will see the mold inside your ear with a tiny antenna. If they become uncomfortable, then you can visit your audiologist any time to have adjusted.

Myths about hearing aids

There is a myth about hearing aid that they make your hearing worse. This is not the case; they do not make your hearing loss worse. In many cases, it can reduce the encounter of hearing loss. Doing your research into hearing aids can help you to understand how they look as well as how they will impact your life.

Two are better than one

Having two hearings aid, one in each ear can even out the sound between the two ears. This is also the case if your hearing loss is higher in the one ear. Having one hearing aid can often overpower the other ear making it hard to hear certain noises and feel lopsided. For example, correcting your sight involves your prescription that is designed for both eyes to work together. It's the same for your ears.

The setting up of your hearing aid

When hearing aids are set too loud, they can damage your hearing causing your loss to get worse. Your hearing aids are set following the medical device directives guide. Your audiologist will go through the running of your hearing aid and how to change the settings for different environments.

Hearing aids and glasses

If you wear glasses, then your hearing aids will fit on the inside of your aid. When you go to your hearing aid fitting, bringing your glasses can ensure that they fit well together on the ears. Be mindful when you take off your glasses not to remove the behind the ear styles. You can visit your opticians if you feel like your glasses do not fit comfortably. They can re-bend the arms to leave room for both of them to fit behind the ears, especially if you have the behind the ear style. 

Safety of hearing aids

Hearing aid batteries should be disposed of safely; they do not go in the bin. Check with your local authority about collection zones. Keeping pets away from your aids by keeping them in their case when you are not wearing them to ensure they do not choke on them. Using someone else's hearing aid is not a good idea because it could make your hearing worse. Sharing aids can encounter infections and invalidate any warranties. 

Your expectations

When you are thinking about getting hearing aids, make sure you set small goals. Of course, we want to hear every sound or pitch, but depending on your hearing, there may be pitches you may not hear the first time around and may take a while to get used to. Hearing aids cannot entirely recover normal hearing or erase all the background noise. Still, they can increase your quality of life by decreasing substantial background sounds and increasing soft tones.

For more information, call to learn more about EarTech Audiology at Irmo: 803-749-6017, Orangeburg and Santee: 801-399-9955.