Do you need a hearing aid?
To answer the above question, ask yourself: is your hearing affecting your quality of life professionally and/or socially? Are you stressed or fatigued at the end of the day from the strain of listening? Have loved ones or friends commented that you don’t seem to hear as well as you used to (often when you’re hearing impaired, you’re the last person to know you have a problem). If you’re like most people, you’re concerned that wearing a hearing aid will make you look older. Remember that your hearing aids are much less noticeable than when you’re constantly asking for things to be repeated! A visit to True Hearing Audiology for a hearing evaluation will help you determine if you are a hearing aid candidate.
What kind of hearing aid is best for me?
You’ll discover there is a wide range of hearing aid styles and technology available. Your lifestyle and listening demands will help determine which hearing aid technology will be a good value. The most advanced hearing aids are generally characterised by multiple channels and bands to shape the frequency response, noise reduction for listener comfort and multiple memories for different listening environments. Hearing aids can also include features such as directional microphones and telecoils that assist with hearing on hearing aid compatible telephones.
The style of hearing aid you choose will be influenced by how discreet you wish the hearing aid to be, your degree of hearing loss, and ease of manipulation and management. Common hearing aid styles include:
Invisible-in-the-Canal (IIC) or Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC): IICs and CICs are one of the smallest and most discreet hearing aids. However, since they are smaller you may have to give up features such as directional microphones and telecoils.
In-the-Canal (ITC): ITCs are just visible outside the ear canal. In some cases ITCs can accommodate a directional microphone.
In-the-Ear (ITE): ITEs can fit a wide variety of hearing losses and are one of the easiest styles to manipulate. It typically fills the entire bowl portion of the ear (concha).
Behind-the-Ear (BTE): BTEs consist of a unit that rests over the ear and the sound is directed to the ear canal through an earmold. Also fits a wide variety of hearing losses and is the amplification of choice for children.
Open Canal: Very small and discreet version of the BTE. Sound is routed to the ear canal via a non-custom thin tube and tip. A good choice for adults with high frequency hearing loss as keeping the ear canal open alleviates complaints arising from occlusion.
Can I get by with one hearing aid?
Unless you have hearing loss in only one ear, in most cases wearing two hearing aids is better than one. The brain makes use of information from both ears to recognize speech. Two hearing aids promote better localisation skills, which in turn helps speech recognition especially in noise.
Does it take long to get used to a hearing aid?
Adapting to hearing aids is a gradual process that is helped by a positive attitude and perseverance. Hearing loss slowly changes the concept of what “normal” hearing is and “normal” hearing will need to be relearnt by wearing hearing aids, which can take up to several weeks. You will notice that unimportant sounds will seem both louder and unnatural at first; however, with a little time and patience you will begin to comfortably hear sounds that you haven’t heard for some time as your concept of “normal” hearing is successfully redefined.
How do I care for my hearing aids?
- Keep them dry and clean them with wipe regularly
- Remove the aids and turn them off at night
- Put aids inside their containers (if not in use)
- Keep them away from your pet
- For all in-the-ear aids, make sure the sound opening is clear of wax. Clean the filters regularly
Why purchase hearing aid from True Hearing?
True Hearing is an independent audiology clinic licensed by OHS, DVA and WorkSafe Australia. At True Hearing:
- Our goal is to offer individualised attention and care to each of our patients
- We offer freedom of choice of manufacturer and go through your options clearly
- We offer the best hearing care and latest technology hearing aids to suit your hearing loss, hearing needs, lifestyle and budget
- We provide precise fittings and programming of hearing aids
- We provide hearing aid trial
- We provide hearing rehabilitation program customised to your hearing loss and hearing needs
- We offer hearing aids on loan if your hearing aid needs major repairs