What to Expect from Your Hearing Aid
Do you find yourself straining to hear conversations? Do you complain that people are mumbling when they speak to you? These are just a couple of early warning signs of hearing loss. Additional signs include:
- Turning the TV or radio on at a higher volume than most people prefer
- Trouble hearing what is said at a movie theatre or other public place
- Becoming more impatient, frustrated or withdrawn
- Staying away from social situations and noisy places
If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with your doctor. He or she can conduct tests to determine if a hearing aid may be necessary. And if you do find that an assisted hearing device is needed, you’re likely to have questions about what to expect.
Taking into account that results vary from person to person, here’s what a hearing aid can do:
- Amplify sounds so you can hear them. For example, soft sounds become audible, normal conversation comfortable, and loud sounds are louder, just not in a jarring way.
- Improve your ability to understand conversations by enhancing sounds that are not otherwise audible. How much is understood depends on the severity of your hearing loss and the amount of noise that is present.
- Some hearing aids have the ability to also amplify consonants that are high in pitch versus vowels that are lower in pitch to help improve your hearing in noisy surroundings.
Here’s what a hearing aid can’t do:
- Restore your hearing to normal
- Completely get rid of troublesome background noise
- Stop your hearing loss from getting worse
In many instances, doctors recommend that patients with hearing loss wear two hearing aids. A comprehensive hearing test can determine what’s right for you. Regardless of if you wear one or two, there are tremendous benefits to wearing a hearing aid. You’ll be able to understand people and better tune out background noise. You’ll also have less fatigue when the day is over because you didn’t have to strain to hear.
For more information about the benefits of wearing a hearing aid, or to learn more about the other services we provide, please call our office at 732-280-7855 or visit our website.