hearing aid demonstration

Hearing Aid Truisms

Hearing Aid Truisms

dog-bit-hearing-aid dog-sm

  • Dogs like hearing aids. They like to bite them.
  • Ears and impaired hearing come in all variations. What works well for your neighbor will not necessarily work well for you.
  • Be concerned about who is fitting you with hearing aids, not who manufactured the hearing aids. Why? See the next bullet point.
  • What matters most to how well you understand speech with hearing aids is the exact nature of your hearing impairment and the sound produced at your ear by the hearing aid. There is no “magic” contained within any particular make, model or style of hearing aid. Yes, the particular hearing aid can make a big difference, but the “magic” is in the process and procedures that lead to producing the proper sound for your specific hearing.
  • Your voice will sound different to you.
  • If you “hear but don’t understand”, you probably have a hearing impairment for which hearing aids are designed.
  • Hearing everything, or hearing more than what you heard without hearing aids, takes time to get used to.
  • If you hear the background noise without hearing aids, you will hear the background noise with hearing aids.
  • The state of the science for fitting hearing aids is with real-ear, probe-microphone measures. This is where a microphone is placed in your ear canal and the sound from the hearing aid is then adjusted for your particular hearing impairment.
  • A small percentage of people hear perfect with hearing aids. A small percentage hear hardly anything with hearing aids. Most everyone else falls somewhere in-between.