Hearing aids are extremely small personal amplifiers. They are “programmed” by an audiologist with a computer to best amplify sound according to a person’s individual hearing loss. They typically perform differently depending on the environment…amplifying sound from all around the person in a quiet environment vs. amplifying sound from a limited direction (usually in front of the person) in a noisy environment. All people do take some time to get adjusted to wearing hearing aids as they are bringing in sound that you are not accustomed to hearing. In addition, the more you wear your hearing aids, the better you will do with them.
Some things you should consider when buying hearing aids include:
- The severity of your hearing loss
- Your lifestyle: Where do you spend your time? How often are you in noisy environments? Where do you have the most difficulty hearing?
- Dexterity: Are you able to manipulate small items?
- Vision loss: Are you able to see small items?
- Financial concerns: How much can you afford to pay for hearing aids?
Introduction to Hearing Aids (Part 1 of 2) Podcast 12:08
Introduction to Hearing Aids (Part 2 of 2) Podcast 5:20
For more information about hearing aids, such as what to expect from hearing aids, hearing aid styles and adjusting to your new hearing aids, please click on the appropriate links to the left.
What to Expect From Your Hearing Aids Podcast 7:38
Presented by Dr. Karen Kantzes, AuD, CCC-A, senior audiologist
If you are interested in talking to an audiologist about hearing aids or other assistive devices, please contact our University Circle, South Euclid or Broadview Heights offices to schedule a hearing evaluation and/or hearing aid consult.