Its believed that people, on average from the time they suspect they have a hearing loss it takes ten years to finally admit its time to seek treatment. If you’ve finally gotten to the point where you can’t put it off or ignore it any longer, then it’s likely you will have a lot of questions. Here are some common questions people have about hearing loss and the answers you are answers to aid you get the help you need.
So what are hearing aids anyhow?
Hearing aids are tiny electronic devices which are worn in or around the ear canal. While they can’t correct hearing, they can amplify the sounds you struggle with so you can follow conversations with more ease and stay more alert in your surroundings. This allows you to connect better to the people in your life, get out more and try new things. Based on a hearing exam, digital hearing aids can be programed to amplify only the sounds you need to hear while allowing you existing hearing to amplify the rest. All hearing aids include three major components including: A microphone that picks up the sound around you, a processor that amplifies the sound to precise levels for your unique hearing loss, and a speaker that delivers that sound into your ear.
I’ll get used to my new hearing aids right away…right?
As people often wait for a decade or more to address hearing it can be quiet an adjustment process when you first get new hearing aids – especially for the first time. Your brain may be missing certain sounds over years and when they are reintroduced with properly programed hearing aids, many of these lost sounds may come off as jarring. Even the sound of your own voice may sound too intense at first.
Whatever you do, don’t give up! You’ve already gotten this far and your so close now to connecting better to all aspects of your life. Give yourself time to adjust. At first wear your hearing aids for just an hour or two at a time while at home. Slowing increase how much you wear them daily and eventually it’s likely you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them!
Do hearing aids have added benefits besides helping me communicate?
Absolutely! Communication is the cornerstone of relationships and this means that you’ll be able to improve your connections throughout your life. Humans are social creatures, and we rely on our relationships to keep us feeling connected to something larger than ourselves and giving us a sense of purpose. When our relationships struggle, so does our mental health which triggers all too quickly, a cascade of health issues. Depression can lead to chronic stress, hypertension, under activity, and less socialization which can then lead to cognitive decline, dementia, and a higher risk of falls and accidents leading to hospitalizations.
How much maintenance are they going to need?
Your hearing aids are an important investment in your health, and this means you are going to want to make sure you take care of them. They are complex machines full of
expensive computer chips and other microelectronics which go with you, everywhere you go. This means if you like to jog or workout at a gym, your hearing aids are going there too. They go with you to work, when you go for a walk and anywhere else you may venture. That’s a lot of work for these tiny electronics.
To make sure you get the longest life out of your investment, make sure to clean them every night as part of your evening routine. It doesn’t have to take long. Wipe them down with a soft dry cloth and inspect them for any damage, including cracks or broken wires and tubing. Catching damage early can be the difference between permanently damaged hearing aids and a simple repair.
Do all hearing aids look the same as mine?
There are so many styles and models of hearing aids on the market, all with their own benefits. In addition, there are many add on features. Finding the right one for you has to do with what you want out of your life. If you like to stay active and are highly social, you may benefit from investing in features such as water resistance and directional microphones to allow you to hear a speaker better in noisy rooms. If you like to go to church, shows or ride the train regularly, make sure you invest in a T-coil to amplify sounds in large public settings, directly into your ears.
Have More Questions?
Don’t hesitate to ask us any more questions you have in mind. We can help you explore your options and help you find the best solution for all your hearing needs.