Did you know that nearly 50 million Americans have at least some hearing loss in one or both ears? Experts now say that between 2000 and 2015, the number of Americans with hearing loss doubled! It’s safe to say that you or someone you know has hearing loss and a hearing aid may be the best choice to treat that hearing loss.
But what does the process of selecting and using a hearing aid look like?
Uncovering hearing loss
If that someone with hearing loss is you, you may be considering how to treat it. The first step is a hearing evaluation to determine your level of hearing loss and talk treatment options.
During a hearing evaluation, your hearing health care provider will take a detailed history, examine the ear, and then go through a series of tests. You’ll learn:
Choosing the best hearing aid for you
After completing your hearing evaluation, you’ll work with your hearing health care professional to select the best hearing aid for you and your lifestyle. Discussing your needs and expectations with your hearing healthcare provider can help narrow down a perfect fit. Talk about the environments you spend a lot of time in. Are they noisy? Talk about additional functionality you’ll need from the hearing aid such as a tinnitus blocker or wireless connectivity. Go over the nuts and bolts such as styles of devices and battery usage.
These conversations can help you get started on the right foot with your new hearing aid.
Getting acclimated to hearing aids
Once you have purchased a hearing aid to help treat your hearing loss, there are three main things to remember:
Don’t let another day go by missing the sounds around you, the conversations and things you love. Scheduling a hearing evaluation and treating hearing loss with hearing aids can make all the difference. Don’t believe us? Check out this story about one man’s journey with hearing loss and hearing aids and the incredible impact they had on his life in just the first two days.