How do You Know You're Hearing Your Best?
It can easily be assumed that anyone with hearing aids will know that their hearing aids are working well because they can hear clearly. However, for some people, there is a difference between being able to hear better than they can without hearing aids and actually hearing as well as they possibly can.
For example, if your hearing aids allow you to hear 50% more than you can without the hearing aids, it is tempting to surmise that the device is working as it should and all is well. However, if your hearing aids could actually allow you to hear 75 or even 100% more than you can without hearing aids, then only hearing 50% more is not really sufficient – there's a huge amount of power that you are simply not experiencing.
The importance of professional programming
By far, the best way to ensure that your hearing aids are working as well as they possibly can for you is to have them programmed by a hearing instrument specialist (HIS). Your HIS will have a variety of different types of equipment at their disposal, all of which can help to fine-tune your hearing aids so that you receive optimum benefits from their use.
In addition to benefiting from high-quality programming, visiting your HIS will also provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the different programs and features your hearing aid can provide.
As a result of the two measures described above, you can be confident that your hearing aid will function precisely as intended and to the very best of its ability from the moment you begin to use it.
The need for reprogramming
When a hearing aid is first programmed, your HIS will ensure that you can get the most from the device – but as with many electronic items, programming needs may change over time. Many people find that after a few months of use, they notice issues developing with their hearing aids, such as:
- Hearing whistling sounds – that do not have a real-world basis – when your hearing aid is in use
- Volume changes during use; for example, sometimes your hearing aid may seem to be louder than you need it to be, while at other times it is too quiet for you to hear comfortably
If you notice either of the above issues, then visiting your HIS for your hearing aids to be reprogrammed is strongly advised.
How hearing changes can affect hearing aid performance
When you first receive your hearing aids and have them programmed, they will be set to perform at a level that is suitable for your existing needs at the time of your hearing test and fitting.
As time passes, there is a possibility that your hearing requirements may change, which will mean that your hearing aids are no longer compatible with your requirements. If this happens, then you will no longer be hearing your best; your hearing aid will no longer be sufficient for your needs.
To prevent the above scenario, it is advisable to visit your HIS for regular hearing tests. These tests will help to establish the degree of hearing loss you are experiencing in comparison to your first diagnosis. Your HIS will then use this information and reprogram your hearing aids to ensure they remain suitable, and that the performance you receive will be the best it can possibly be.
A note regarding cleaning
As a final note, it's helpful to consider how influential cleaning can be to overall performance. Issues such as moisture or earwax buildup can cause issues with how well your hearing aid works – which means that the device cannot provide the best possible experience when in use.
It is, therefore, useful to get into the habit of carefully cleaning your hearing aid after each use. Use a soft, dry cloth to gently wipe any dirt, debris, earwax, or moisture from the accessible areas of your hearing aid. In addition to this daily cleaning, schedule an appointment every six months or so with your hearing instrument specialist for a deep, professional clean that will help keep your device performing as well as possible.
When using hearing aids, any improvement to your hearing is likely to be welcomed – but hearing aids are incredibly powerful devices, and they may be able to offer even greater improvements. For your device to operate as well as it possibly can, it is important to visit a hearing instrument specialist both for the initial device programming and for frequent reprogramming as becomes appropriate.
To find out more about Sahali Professional Hearing Services and one of the following phone numbers: Sahali Professional Hearing Services, V2C 5R9: 250-374-5767, Fortune Centre Hearing Clinic, V2B, 2L2: 250-554-3706, Merritt Hearing Clinic, V1K 1B8: 250-315-9688.