January 23, 2024
An audiologist plays a pivotal role in both the initial fitting and the ongoing adjustments of hearing aids. Regular hearing tests are essential to keep the device settings aligned with changes in one’s hearing ability.
Hearing aids come with a range of features and customizations that can be overwhelming at first but can greatly enhance the user's listening environment once properly set. Over time, maintenance and occasional repairs may also be required to keep the hearing aids functioning optimally. If and when this time comes, it is important to see an audiologist for hearing aid adjustments.
If you're experiencing issues with your hearing aids, it might be time to schedule an appointment with an audiologist. Remember, regular adjustments are key to optimal hearing aid performance. Here are some signs that indicate the need for a professional adjustment:
An audiologist is trained to fine-tune your hearing aids to ensure they meet your current needs. During an adjustment session, they can modify the programming of your devices based on:
Regular visits to an audiologist for hearing aid adjustments can significantly improve the device's effectiveness and your overall hearing experience. If you recognize any of the above signs, don't hesitate to reach out to a hearing care professional. They will assist you in making the necessary adjustments so that you can continue to enjoy clear and comfortable hearing.
An audiogram is a chart that records the results of a hearing test, plotting the hearing thresholds for various frequencies. It helps us determine the specific configurations of hearing loss — whether it's in the higher frequencies (common with age-related hearing loss) or the lower frequencies.
Here’s how to read an audiogram:
Understanding the audiogram is essential because it informs us how to program hearing aids to suit individual amplification needs. It is through this precise customization that we enable individuals to experience better hearing tailored to their loss profile.
When we receive our hearing aids, the fitting and the initial adjustments are crucial to ensure that the devices serve our needs effectively. A proper fit and appropriate settings can significantly enhance our hearing experience.
A comfortable fit is essential for any hearing aid user. During the hearing aid fitting, the audiologist tailors the device to fit the unique contours of our ear. This is not just for comfort, but also to ensure the device delivers sound effectively to our eardrum. If the fit is too loose, the hearing aid may not stay in place, leading to feedback or loss of sound. Conversely, if it is too tight, it can cause discomfort or even pain. The goal is for us to barely notice that we're wearing our hearing aids throughout the day.
The adjustment process involves more than just fitting the physical device. Our audiologist will work with us to adjust the volume and settings like noise reduction to match our individual hearing loss profile. This is done through a series of tests in different environments to simulate real-life situations. Our feedback during this stage is vital to fine-tune the hearing aids to our preferences and daily activities. Each setting, from the microphone directionality to frequency amplification, is tweaked to optimize our hearing.
Even with the best fit and settings, there's often an adjustment period for our brain to re-learn how to process sounds through the device. It's important that we have patience and give ourselves time to acclimate to the new auditory inputs. We might start by wearing our hearing aids for a few hours a day, gradually increasing the duration as we get more comfortable. Practicing in different environments, from quiet rooms to noisier outdoor spaces, helps our hearing adapt more quickly. During the trial period, we should take note of instances where our hearing aids seem less effective and communicate this with our audiologist for further adjustment.
By following this advice and working closely with our audiologist, we can ensure a smooth transition to using our hearing aids to their fullest potential.
At Anywhere Audiology, we understand the importance of clear communication and optimal hearing health. Our audiology services are tailored to offer you the convenience and comfort of receiving top-notch care right where you are. Here's what you can expect from a visit with us:
We invite you to schedule an appointment with us for professional hearing aid adjustments or a detailed hearing test. Our commitment is to bring you high-quality audiological care, enabling you to experience the world of sound to its fullest.
To learn more or set up a visit, please contact us at Anywhere Audiology.