According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, “About 28.8 million U.S. adults could benefit from using hearing aids.” However, despite the prevalence of hearing loss, only about one in five people who could benefit from a hearing aid actually wears one, reports the Hearing Loss Association of America.
If you’re among the number of people who could benefit from a hearing aid and have yet to make the investment, below we review what you need to know before getting your first hearing aid.
You’ll See Your Audiologist Multiple Times
Many people mistakenly believe that getting a hearing aid is similar to getting a pair of glasses in that you get them from your specialist’s office, and once you leave, you’re all set. With hearing aids, this isn’t true; you’ll need to see your audiologist multiple times to ensure the programming is just right.
The reason for this is that the initial programming is based on your hearing test results. The hearing test is conducted in a soundproof booth, which, unfortunately, does not mimic real-world listening situations. When you find yourself in complex listening situations like at Helen’s Restaurant, you’ll find you need adjustments made to the programming. This is why you’ll return several times for follow-up visits during the first few weeks and months.
You May Need to Wear Two Hearing Aids
Unless you only have hearing loss in one ear, you’ll likely be prescribed two hearing aids. If this is the case, it’s important that you wear both of them. This is because they are calibrated to be worn together, and wearing two can help you better localize sounds.
You’ll Start Wearing Them for Short Durations
The longer you wait to seek treatment for your hearing loss, the longer your adjustment period will be. When you first start wearing your hearing aids, you may be overwhelmed by all the sounds you’re suddenly hearing. This is why your audiologist will recommend you wear them for short durations at first, and slowly work up until you’re wearing them during all waking hours.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment with an expert audiologist, call Audiology Center of Maine today.