A hearing aid is an invaluable tool for people who suffer from hearing loss, enabling you to successfully reconnect with the world around you and enjoy life to the fullest. If you wear a hearing aid, you will want to ensure that it is in the best possible condition so that you can achieve the maximum benefit from your device.
At Eyes and Ears, Southlake, TX, we offer a comprehensive range of hearing services that will benefit the effectiveness and longevity of your hearing aid, as well as your long-term ear health.
Would you benefit from a hearing aid? Each person’s hearing is unique, and for most people, what they can and can’t hear is completely normal to them. In fact, many people with hearing difficulties don’t realize that their hearing could be better than it is already. Nevertheless, there are some signs that indicate that you are suffering from some degree of hearing loss and you may even benefit from wearing a hearing aid. These include:
Problems hearing other people clearly
Regularly misunderstanding what people say, especially in noisy places
Asking people to repeat themselves all the time
Listening to music or watching tv loudly
Having to concentrate to hear what other people are saying, which can be tiring and stressful
Struggling to understand conversations, especially when there is background noise
Preferring to read subtitles when watching tv
Avoiding social situations because you are worried about not being able to hear people properly
Ringing in your eyes
Better hearing in one ear than the other
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, our audiology team can perform a comprehensive hearing test that will detect and diagnose any issues. From here, we can then recommend the best course of action to restore your hearing as much as possible. We also offer an online hearing test, click here, to test your hearing from home!
If we find that you would benefit from a hearing aid, you’ll need an appointment called a hearing aid fitting. Many people think that all hearing aids are the same and it’s simply a case of slotting them in and switching them on. In fact, proper fitting is crucial to the success of any hearing aid, and custom-fitted varieties, which are adjusted for your individual needs and preferences, will ensure you achieve optimal hearing. This will be done using Live Speech Mapping – a highly successful hearing aid fitting process that uses probe microphones and live real-time speech. With custom adjustments, you’ll be able to enjoy clear, precise sounds in all situations and environments.
Although you’ll be shown how to take care of your hearing aids, problems can still occur from time to time, both with the sounds that you hear and the way that your hearing aid fits. If you are experiencing issues, it’s important that your device gets professional attention. It may be something that we can fix during your visit. However, if we need to send your hearing aid out to another specialist to be repaired, we’ll be able to issue you with a loan device. This temporary hearing aid won’t fit or sound exactly like your normal device, but it will enable you to manage day to day until your bespoke hearing aid is repaired.
Of course, prevention is better than treatment, and it would be preferable to be able to maintain a good level of natural hearing rather than having to rely on aids. One of the best ways to preserve our hearing is to use adequate hearing protection. We are able to provide custom hearing protection as well as custom molds for iPods and sleep plugs. Talk to us about our comprehensive range of hearing protection solutions.
For more information about our hearing aid services, please contact our team at Eyes & Ears in Southlake, TX at (817) 813-9010 to book an appointment.