You might have noticed that your hearing has been declining over the past weeks, months, or years. Your family and friends may have even started to notice that you have the TV louder or that they are having to shout when talking to you. If it is becoming a problem then you may have to make an appointment and see a hearing specialist. 

Who to see

A hearing instrument specialist has a thorough understanding of hearing devices and can recommend the right technology for you. They will conduct a variety of hearing tests to determine whether a loss is present, and if so, the extent of damage.

Hearing Aids

Hearing aids are small devices that you place in your ear and they work by amplifying the sound that enters your ears. If your hearing aid specialist thinks you would benefit from a hearing aid or two then you will be given your options. There are a few varieties and styles of hearing aids available, from ones that hook over your ear to invisible ones that sit inside the ear not noticeable. 

Once you have chosen which ones you want and the hearing aid specialist has okayed it, you will need to arrange a fitting appointment. 

Hearing aid fitting

Do you need to get your hearing aids fitted? In short, yes, it would be beneficial to get an expert to do this. You must have your hearing aids professionally fitted, this is to ensure they fit properly in your ears and you don’t find them uncomfortable. You will be wearing them all day potentially so they need to be safe and secure, not too big or small. 

At your hearing aid fitting appointment your hearing aid specialist will turn the hearing aid on, program it to work best for you, and place it in your ear to test it. When you go home you will be provided with a leaflet explaining all about your new piece of tech and how to look after it. 

Aftercare

Finally, aftercare is paramount for owning your hearing aids for a long while. If you don’t look after them they will break easily. The leaflet you receive will explain how to turn your hearing aids on and off, how to control them with the buttons, and how to change the batteries. 

You must ensure you don’t get your hearing aids wet, the mold is waterproof so you can wash it weekly but the rest of it isn’t. If it gets wet it will malfunction and will no longer work. So be sure to remove them before you jump in the shower or bath, or before you go swimming. 

You should take them out at the end of each day and put them safely back in their case, don’t just put them on the side as you risk them getting damaged.