Common Mistakes when buying hearing aids - 5. Expecting your hearing aids to fix your hearing immediately

Although modern technology allows us to achieve much better accuracy of fitting quicker than ever before, it takes time to adjust to your new hearing aid.

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Unless you have suffered a sudden hearing loss, your hearing will have been changing over many years. As such you will have become somewhat comfortable with a world where the sounds are subdued.

Enhancing your hearing should be done in a controlled manner. This allows you time to re-familiarise to environmental sounds to give you optimised speech clarity. 

You will need time to get used to not just the sounds around you but also the feeling of having devices in your ears. Expecting your hearing aids to fix your hearing immediately is generally an unrealistic aspiration.

We like to explain that its somewhat like a pair of new leather shoes. Not always perfectly comfortable at first, but at the leather becomes more supple and your foot gets used to the new shape they will stop feeling unusual and often wearers completely forget that they have them on.

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The same thing happens with your new hearing aids but this process can be dramatically sped up by using a specialist who has had years of experience sizing and fitting hearing aids.

In addition to the physical feeling of hearing aids it’s essential that the sounds are correctly balanced to ensure that the amplification is perfectly suited for your loss. 

Many factors that can affect the sound reaching your eardrum. The effect of these factors can result in sound that’s can be under amplified. This means you won’t hear enough, and over amplified which can make the aids uncomfortable. Interestingly, these can happen at the same time!

Factors your specialist will have to consider will involve:

  • The softest level you can naturally hear in each ear over a range of different tones.
  • The loudest sounds you feel comfortable with in each ear across a range of tones.
  • Your initial comfort level.
  • Shape, size and style of your ear canals – this can dramatically change the volume of sounds at your eardrum.
  • Positioning of your hearing aids.
  • The necessary venting to help fresh air to enter and leave your ear canal.
  • Assist with overcoming any blocked sensation you may encounter.
  • The adaptive features on your hearing aids which will be called upon when you encounter complex or noisy situations.

If your hearing aid specialist does not consider these factors correctly there is a chance that you may not get the outcome you are looking.

We highly recommend working with specially trained audiologists and for hearing aids to be fitted using “real ear measurements”. This ensure the sounds you should receive at your ear drum are getting there correctly. This makes sure you have the best chance of getting your hearing aids to fix your hearing effectively.

Our specialists have a unique “sound optimisation” process which we have developed to do all this and more. Ensuring you have the most accurately fitted hearing aids at all times. Contact us today for more information.

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