There are many factors to consider when selecting a hearing aid. It is imperative to consult with an Audiologist such as Jamie Grusecki as she will be able to diagnose specific information about your hearing loss and inform you of what your options are. Consider these factors when selecting hearing aids:
- Degree and frequency of hearing loss. A comprehensive audiological evaluation is the only way to determine your hearing loss and recommend which models are appropriate.
- Lifestyle Considerations. If your life keeps you indoors most of the time, your needs will be different than someone who spends their days in acoustically challenging environments.
- Manual Dexterity. Some sizes and designs of hearing aids may not be ideal for those individuals with dexterity issues.
- Cosmetic Preferences. Hearing aids are available in a variety sizes, styles, and colors to suit your taste.
- Cost. Hearing aids are available in a range of prices to fit your individual budget. The cost of a hearing aid is generally determined by technology, not size.
One Hearing Aid or Two?
Wearing two hearing aids, called binaural amplification, has been shown in clinical tests to provide many solid benefits. Even when hearing loss is noticeably more pronounced in one ear than the other, wearing two hearing aids can balance the sound-gathering capability of both ears and create a more even, natural-sounding environment. Wearing two hearing aids can also allow you to set the volume lower on each of the aids, enabling you to hear sound at a softer, more natural level. Detecting the direction in which sound is originating is also much easier wearing two hearing aids. If you live in the Sun City, Sun City West, Sun City Grande, or Surprise areas, contact Grusecki Audiology & Hearing Aid Services to discuss the differences between one and two hearing aids.
Adjusting to your Hearing Aid
Getting used to wearing hearing aids will take time. Everybody is different in how quickly they (and their brains) acclimatize to sound again. Here are a couple tips to help you along the way:
Don’t get discouraged- People with long-term hearing loss often find sounds heard through a hearing aid unusual, even unsettling, because they haven’t been able to hear them for quite some time. There is a period of adjustment during which you will become accustomed to hearing soft sounds again. Eventually they will become natural pieces of your environment.
Talk to your Audiologist- If listening with your hearing aid is uncomfortable in certain situations, if certain noises are painful, or even if something simply doesn’t sound right, talk to Jamie Grusecki. She can either adjust your hearing aid for you, or show you how to do it yourself to give you the most comfortable and natural hearing experience possible.
Be persistent- It will take time to adapt to the new sounds you are hearing, as well as to the feeling of having something in your ear. Don’t give up! Take breaks when you need to, but make a point of wearing your hearing aids as often as possible. The more time you spend with your hearing aids, the sooner they will become a part of your regular routine, and a part of your life.
Be realistic- Don’t expect to hear everything perfectly from the first moment you get your hearing aids. It takes time to learn to hear again.
At Grusecki Audiology, we service and sell all major brands of hearing aids. The benefit in the ability to work with all manufacturers is the flexibility in recommending and selecting which brand best suits your individual needs and style.
Below is a list of the manufactures we partner with:
- Siemens and Rexton
- Phonak, Unitron, and Hansaton
- GN ReSound
- Oticon, Bernafon, and Sonic Innovations