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Customizing Your Hearing Aid For The Best Fit

Customizing Your Hearing Aid For The Best Fit

Most people come to the decision to improve their hearing with hearing aid after struggles with hearing and a professional assessment. Despite the high prevalence of hearing loss, less than 20 percent of adults over the age of 50 with hearing loss use hearing aid technology or seek professional help to improve their hearing. Since working with an audiologist and purchasing custom-made hearing aids can be expensive, it’s worth doing everything possible to ensure that they fit you properly and meet your needs. Ignoring symptoms of hearing loss can have serious consequences.

Sizes of Hearing Aids

The first step is meeting with a hearing care professional for and in-depth consultation to learn about your lifestyle and your personal needs. This information, coupled with your hearing test results, will help your audiologist determine the best hearing aid for you.

The severity of your hearing loss as well as the reason for the loss will determine which model would be best for you. Smaller models are designed for mild to moderate hearing loss, and larger models are better suited for more severe hearing loss. An audiologist will test you to see if your hearing loss has progressed more in the mid-frequencies than in the lower and higher frequencies to determine the severity of your hearing impairment and to assess which amplification technology would best suit your needs.

Some audiologists will present you with a few options and in some cases, even provide you with a demo for up to a few days. The smallest styles sit almost invisibly inside the ear canal and are not visible from the outer ear. The largest styles, which include in-the-ear (ITE) or behind-the-ear (BTE) require customization, so your hearing care professional will make a mold of your ear when ordering your hearing aids.

Programming Hearing Aids

When you recieve your personal hearing aids, your audiologist will connect them to the computer and program them according to your hearing loss and preferences, as well as run tests to make sure that the hearing aid is set appropriately for your hearing loss.

Special Considerations

If you are a musician or music lover, you might want to discuss this with your hearing professional. Since hearing aids are primarily designed to amplify speech, amplified music might sound distorted or unpleasant and the perception of music quality might be negatively affected by your hearing aid’s features.

In the weeks after receiving your new hearing aid and becoming accustomed to wearing them for prolonged periods of time, you’ll see your audiologist often. The most competent professionals will meet with you once a month at first and then every six months, reviewing the progress you are making in your listening situations. You’ll need to calibrate the sounds you’re hearing as well as adjust the way the device fits in your ear. The more you wear your hearing aid, the faster your brain will readjust to hearing and interpreting noises, particularly speech, that are important to you.

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