Buying hearing aids is not a quick-fix for your hearing loss. Rather, it’s a long-term process that requires commitment and teamwork between you and your audiologist. Below is a guide on what to expect from the hearing rehabilitation process and how you can maximize your success with hearing devices.
Before Ordering Hearing Devices
You’re probably not surprised to know that hearing aids can be a significant financial investment, ranging from around $2000-7000 a pair. However, you don’t necessarily need to purchase the most top-of-the-line devices.
If you have a mild to moderate hearing loss and live a quiet lifestyle, a lower-tier device may be perfectly sufficient for your needs. If you have a severe to profound hearing loss or live a more active lifestyle, then you may want to consider higher-tier technology.
There are a variety of manufacturers of hearing devices; all offer great technology at a variety of price points. Your audiologist will talk to you about your lifestyle to find a device that suits your unique needs.
After Receiving Your Devices
Your hearing will not return to normal overnight, no matter how high-tech your devices are. Most likely, you’ve gone a number of years without hearing all the sounds around you, like the hum of your refrigerator, so it may take some time for your brain to become re-acclimated to everyday sounds.
When your hearing aids are turned on for the first time, your audiologist will program them to meet the specifications of your hearing loss. However, once you take your devices home, you may find that the programming needs to be tweaked. Expect to return to your audiologist’s office a few times to get the programming just right.
If you are uncomfortable with everyday sounds like the slamming of a car door, it’s a good indicator your devices need to be reprogrammed. While you may experience some degree of sensory overload from hearing sounds you’re not used to at first, hearing should never be painful.
The physical fit of the hearing devices should be comfortable. If your devices are not comfortable, or if you experience feedback or whistling, it may be an indicator that your devices don’t fit properly. Fortunately, all hearing device purchases come with a trial period, so if the devices aren’t a good fit, you can exchange them for a more appropriate model.
Down the Road
Once you have found the right devices for you and have them programmed to your exact specifications, you will still need to return to your audiologist’s office for routine maintenance. You should also have your hearing re-tested every year to make sure that any possible changes are accounted for in the programming of your devices.
If you have any other questions about the hearing rehabilitation process, call Timpanogos Hearing & Balance today!