Now that you have made the decision to seek a diagnosis of your hearing needs, you are already well on the way to solutions! Simply making your appointment for a consultation is enough to get you started, and your hearing health provider will complete a thorough diagnosis of your hearing ability and lifestyle needs. When you go to your consultation and fitting appointments, it is important to come prepared. In the first place, you might have curiosity about the nature of your hearing and the treatment options that are available.
Even once you have selected aids, you might have further questions about their functioning and maintenance. The following questions are good to keep in mind during your hearing consultation and fitting. We might even answer these questions before you ask, so be prepared to take notes on what you hear!
In the event that the information does not come up, have these questions on a sheet of notepaper so that you can get all the guidance you need. It is helpful to have someone join you in these visits not only for moral support but also to help remember the details you are given and to prompt you to ask these questions.
What kind of hearing loss do I have?
When you ask this question, you might get a few types of answers. Hearing health professionals consider a number of facets when it comes to hearing loss including the severity of the loss, the range in which loss has occurred, if hearing ability is balanced between the two ears, and even the part of the ear canal in which hearing loss originates. Some of these details might be of interest, while others might include medical terminology and details that are beyond your reach. In both cases, it is important to know that you can trust the assessment and wisdom of your hearing health professional to match your needs with the best treatment available.
What kind of hearing aids are right for me?
Of the many shapes, sizes, and styles of hearing aids, not all will be suited to your individual needs. You might be curious to know more about the types of aids on the market, as well as the features that are suited to you. When you have your consultation and fitting appointments, you will learn about the benefits of different types of hearing aids for different needs. It is important to disclose everything you can about your lifestyle needs, as well as the situations in which you find hearing to be difficult. By telling your provider about these contexts that make communication difficult, you can be paired with the right set of aids to address those issues.
How should I maintain my hearing aids?
Most of the latest hearing aids require remarkably little maintenance or upkeep, but you might want to know how to proceed should something arise. In general, a periodic wipe-down with a clean, dry, soft cloth is all that you need to keep waxy buildup and debris from interfering with your hearing aids, but there are other steps to take if you see signs of damage, moisture exposure, or battery weakness. Your provider can instruct you in the ways to perform your own upkeep, as well as the steps you can take to get repairs or adjustments, in the event something happens to your aids.
How can I make the most of my hearing aids?
As opposed to putting on a pair of eyeglasses that immediately change the view of the world, hearing aids often take some time for adjustment. As you become sensitized to the richly sounding world around you, it can be overwhelming at first. Of course, issues with the fit and function of your hearing aids might come up, and your hearing health provider is there to help you manage these needs.
If you find that they are not what you expected, you can always schedule a follow-up consultation or training on how to use their features. Be sure to ask for guidance in acclimating to your hearing aids, enabling you to make the most of these devices. With the introduction of hearing aids into your life, you will likely find that, after a little time for adjustment, you can’t imagine life without them!