If you have been diagnosed with a permanent hearing loss your Audiologist will probably recommend hearing aids. This can be a difficult time as many people are not ready to be told that they need hearing aids. In fact, research tells us that it takes approximately 7 years for a person to visit an Audiologist for a hearing test once they have started to notice their hearing difficulties. There is a lot of stigma attached to hearing aids as many people believe that hearing aids are for “old people.” The first step is to come to terms with the hearing loss. Take time to research hearing loss and hearing aids and discuss hearing aid options with your Audiologist. You will probably be surprised to learn that hearing aids are now able to stream directly to your smartphone and laptop and can be invisible in 8/10 ears.
Once your hearing loss has been identified, understood and accepted, your Audiologist will work with you to help you choose the right hearing aid for your specific and individual listening needs.
Your degree of hearing loss, lifestyle, budget and personal preference is considered. Patient education is an essential part of choosing a hearing aid to allow you to make a complete and informed decision.
A patient shares his journey with hearing loss and hearing aids:
“When I was first advised in late October 2012 that I needed hearing aids it was quite a shock to me as I always thought ‘old’ people needed hearing aids. It took me about three weeks to take the decision to have them fitted and the difference was quite scary as I had never understood why people said that my car radio was loud on 9 until I had my hearing aids in and brought the level down to 6. I am the minute taker at the agency where I work and I was always able to get the gist of what was being said but once the hearing aids were in I heard very much more specific things which was quite a revelation to me. It does take some getting used to having hearing aids but for me it was certainly the right decision.” A.G Age: 58 years