If you are preparing for an upcoming hearing test, you’ve taken a big step for your hearing and complete emotional and physical health. Sometimes just admitting you have a problem and seeking help is the biggest step. Nearly 1 in 10 Americans know their hearing isn’t as good as it used to be, but more than half of them have never gotten their hearing checked. Unfortunately, only 20% of those individuals who might benefit from treatment actually seek help. Most tend to delay treatment until they cannot communicate even in the best of listening situations. On average, hearing aid users wait over 10 years after their initial diagnosis to be fit with their first set of hearing aids.
Now that you’ve arranged your hearing test, you’ll want to ensure that you’re prepared for the visit, particularly if test results indicate that you might benefit from hearing aids. Choosing hearing aids can be challenging, but if you educate yourself beforehand and know what questions to ask, our hearing health care professionals at GN Audiology can help direct you to the ideal technology for your specific needs.
What kind of hearing loss do I have?
The main types of hearing loss are sorted into three categories: Sensorineural, conductive, or mixed.
Sensorineural means there is a problem occurring in either the inner ear or the auditory nerve, which delivers sound to the brain. Conductive, meanwhile, means sound is not reach the inner ear, usually due to an obstruction or trauma. Mixed means the hearing loss is being caused by a combination of the two.
Your hearing care professional will test your hearing using the most current technology, and the results of the test will be printed on a chart known as an audiogram. We will explain he form and severity of your hearing loss.
Which hearing aid is most suitable for my needs?
Every patient’s hearing loss and hearing requirements are unique. The more your hearing professional knows about your lifestyle and frequent daily activities the better we can recommend the appropriate technology. If you’re particularly active, for example, you may consider the latest hearing aid technology with wireless functionality.
What are my options for financing?
When you purchase a hearing aid, you’re not only investing in your hearing, you are making an investment toward your overall health and quality of life. The benefits of hearing aids far surpass the cost when you consider the health risks of living with hearing loss but the price can still seem to be high.
Several financing options are available that can help cover the expense. While all of these options are not available to every patient, you should consult with us about some of these sources:
- private insurance (uncommon but worth inquiring about)
- medicare and Medicaid
- veterans Administration benefits
- charitable organizations
- state programs
- financing options (special healthcare credit arrangements)
How do I take care of my hearing aids?
We at GN Audiology will teach you how to use your new hearing aid, including how to put it in, take it out, clean it, and change its batteries. We will also inform you how many hours a day to wear it as you’re getting adjusted. Do your best to follow these instructions. If you’re having problems or aren’t sure what to do, go back to the specialist for help. In addition, it’s a good idea to have a hearing specialist professionally clean your hearing aids one or two times a year.
How can I best adjust to my new hearing aids?
Much like anything new, you’ll need to have some time to adjust. You’ll be experiencing sounds you haven’t heard in a long while, your voice may sound different, and the fit may feel unpleasant. This is completely normal and expected, and will resolve itself in a short amount of time. You just have to be patient. Make sure your hearing professional offers advice on how to best adjust to your hearing aids, including how to control them and how to learn the features.
Getting your hearing tested and being proactive about your hearing health is an essential part taking part of your entire health. If you haven’t already contact us at GN Audiology to set up a hearing test. You have nothing to lose and so much to gain!