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What Does a Hearing Instrument Specialist Do?
Whether you’ve had your hearing tested before or are simply looking to get a screening for the first time, a hearing instrument specialist (HIS) can offer you a vast base of knowledge relating to hearing issues. From providing general hearing screenings to fitting you with advanced technology, your HIS will be a partner in your hearing healthcare journey.
A hearing instrument specialist carries out a hearing test to determine the extent of your hearing loss. This information helps your HIS determine what technology is ideal for your hearing loss, budget and lifestyle needs.
As well as hearing tests, a hearing instrument specialist can test devices to see if they are suitable for the client. Devices can be optimized and tailored to particular standards and then tested for best performance – ensuring you get the most out of your new hearing aids.
A hearing instrument specialist can help you decide on the best device for you, they will tell you about what styles are available, from in-the-ear (ITE) devices to behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids, as well as what various features may be beneficial to your specific needs, like with microphones or Bluetooth technology. They can optimize the device for your ear, make any additions or changes you might need and give you a full understanding of how it works.
Hearing Aid Fittings
Your HIS will also be responsible for ensuring your hearing aid fits comfortably in your ear. This involves an extensive process of impressions to get a precise model of your specific ear anatomy. After the impressions are taken by your hearing instrument specialist they will be sent to a lad where molds will be made from these impressions. The molds will be made from silicone and will be perfectly matched to your ear canal, which creates comfort and functionality.
Understanding Your New Hearing Aids
Your hearing instrument specialist will also educate you on the proper usage, care and maintenance of your hearing aids. This will include how to operate the controls and power your device, as well as how to properly insert and remove the hearing aids from your ears. Additionally, your hearing instrument specialist will instruct you on the proper care of your devices. Common tips include:
- Cleaning your device daily with a dry cloth
- Examining your hearing aids for any physical damages
- Leaving the battery compartment open at night to allow for drying.
- Visiting a professional for a comprehensive cleaning
- Tips for avoiding dangerous situations like excessive water.
If you have an issue with your hearing device – perhaps it is starting to whistle or the battery isn’t lasting as long, take it to a hearing instrument specialist. They can repair your device quickly while you wait. They are experts in hearing technology, making them the ideal professional to trust with your hearing test and device needs.