You might be worried about your hearing. Have you noticed that you can’t hear things as clearly as before? It might be time to see if you need hearing aids

What are hearing aids?

You may need hearing aids if you have been struggling with the ability to hear clearly. It is completely normal for your hearing to decline due to getting older. Hearing aids help to amplify the sound that enters your ears so you can hear what is being said to you. This makes it easier to get out there and socialize again if you were shying away before due to not hearing what’s going on fully. 

When to see an expert

If you find yourself turning the television up louder to be able to hear it, or you are struggling to hear what your family and friends are saying to you, then it may be time to make an appointment with a hearing specialist. 

Hearing specialists will conduct various tests and find out your hearing loss history. You might want to take a family member or friend along to the appointment with you as one of the tests is how well you can hear a familiar voice. The tests won’t be too uncomfortable, nor will they be painful.

Once all tests have been completed, your hearing health professional will analyze the results and discuss with you the potential routes to go down. 

You may need hearing aids to help you hear better, in which case a hearing aid specialist will see you. The hearing aid specialist you see will tell you all about the different styles and designs of the hearing aids available to you and the functions of each one. They will suggest one that will help you get by in your everyday life. 

Hearing aid specialists will also tell you how to look after your hearing aids. 

Dos and don’ts 

You should be wearing your hearing aid as much as possible when you first have it fitted. This helps you get used to the feeling of it being in your ear; it also gets you used to how noises and voices sound when they are coming through to your ear. 

You will be given a leaflet explaining how you can turn your hearing aid on and off, how to change the batteries, and how you can operate it using the controls. You should take it out at the end of each day and store it in its case, don’t just place it on your bedside table as it can get damaged here. 

You should never get your hearing aid wet; they are not waterproof, so make sure you remove them before you shower or go swimming. The part that goes in your ear is washable, and you should be washing it once every week. 

We hope this gives you some more information on how to look after your hearing aids and what you will learn when you have your hearing aid fitting.