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Audiologists Can Help Secure Your First Hearing Aid
You've gone to your first regular check-up, and your doctor tells you that you need to see an audiologist. Apparently, you're struggling with some hearing issues, but there is nothing to worry about. However, knowledge is everything. Knowing everything about what an audiologist does makes everything a little simpler. Sure, an audiologist deals with hearing loss, but they deal with a few more things such as preventing hearing loss, ringing in your ears, sensitivity to loudness, and balance & equilibrium. Not only are they accredited specialists, but they are the professionals who can help you find the best hearing aid for your condition if needed.
Hearing Aids From Your Hearing Doctor
There are many reasons a person might experience hearing loss such as disease, loud sounds, aging, and even your medication can affect your hearing. However, obtaining the right hearing aid device could dramatically improve it. If you have conductive hearing loss, surgery may be an option for you as well, but it certainly isn't right for everyone. This is where a hearing aid can help.
Hearing Aid Types & Cost
There are so many different types of hearing aids such as in the ear, canal, analog, digital, and more. While it can be difficult trying to figure out which one would be right one for you, determining the right one will depend on several factors. Your decision will be based on your age, your hearing status and its severity, how well you handle particular devices, features, and your lifestyle.
Most importantly, you will need a hearing aid that fits your budget. If convenience is more important than cost, you will find that hearing aids can come with some amazing features such as telephone switches, directional microphones, and direct audio input. Working closely with a hearing doctor can help you figure out what features you need.
Taking Care of Your Devices
A hearing doctor will give you instructions on how to care for your hearing device. Some things you might want to remember include replacing dead batteries, cleaning as instructed, turning them off when not in use, and keeping them in safe places away from children and pets. You may also want to keep them in a moderate temperature area and away from too much heat or excess moisture.
Because each person's hearing loss is different and requires a different type of hearing aid, a specialist can help you avoid problems that might interfere with your hearing aid by helping you choose a perfect fit. You will want a device that's comfortable and resistant to background noise as well as repellent to echo sounds from your voice.
Hearing aids can last a pretty long time when taken care of. They usually can last up to 6 years depending on the brand. However, the more durable your hearing aid is, the more costly it can be. If you have insurance, you may be covered for a hearing aid, or you may have to make a partial payment. If not, some companies have financing options where you can make payments to secure your hearing aid overtime. So be sure to ask about these options when considering your first hearing aid.