Top 10 Tips for getting hearing aids

Top 10 Tips for getting hearing aids

Extracted from AARP Bulletin by Cathie Gandel (October 2014)
AARP is an American non-profit organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole.
Top 10 tips for getting hearing aids:
1. Bring a Friend
When getting for a hearing aid, bring a spouse, family member or friend
2. Find a Good Provider
The value you get out of your hearing aid will hinge on the skills and abilities of your provider, so be sure to locate one you trust.
3. Pinpoint Your Priorities
Top providers will question patients about their lifestyle and hearing needs: Are you active or more of a homebody? What do you want the hearing aid to do for you? Do you just want to be able to hear the television? Or do you hope to hear the sermon in church? Knowing your priorities will help the professional determine what style and technology are best for you.
4. Get Tested in a soundproof booth
During your visit, you should be given a hearing test in a soundproof booth. This will tell the audiologist or hearing specialist what type of hearing loss you have, which will help her choose the appropriate hearing aid as well as program it specifically for you.
5. Ask for a Demonstration
Ask to “test drive” the hearing aids recommended for you. And take your time. This is way too important and costly a decision to make in a hurry.
6. Think Hard About Add-Ons
Wireless technology makes it easier to use mobile phones and televisions. But consider what you really need. If you generally don’t go out a lot or you entertain at home, you may not need as many advanced features, which can save you money.
7. Get It in Writing
Get a signed copy of a contract that outlines what you’re buying — the model and make of hearing aid, the price, trial period, any nonrefundable fees as well as the warranty.
8. Take Advantage of Training
There’s a lot more to buying a hearing aid than choosing the right one and fitting it to your ear. You don’t hear with your ear, you hear with your brain, and your brain doesn’t know what to do with the sound after you get your hearing aids. Ask your provider about aural rehabilitation. Some auditory training can be done at home with a personal computer or through group sessions.
9. Negotiate the Price
10. Can You Hear Me Now?
Don’t leave the office without checking whether your new aid fits — and not just physically. Does it do what you want it to do? Ask to have an real-ear measurement test to see how it works in your ear
If you are looking for a quality hearing aid, professional services and competitive hearing aid price, see what our clients say about us in review page. When you are ready to take the next step, call us for an appointment. We are looking forward to meeting you.

Hearing Loss (How it affects us?)

Hearing Loss (How it affects us?)

Many websites talk about hearing loss, they rarely mention how hearing loss changes our hearing in an acoustical and physiological process. The following is a brief summary on how hearing loss affect us. If you want to know more about the details, please check with your audiologist or email me.
Hearing loss affect these areas:
1) hearing sensitivity
2. Dynamic Range
3. Frequency resolution
4. Time resolution
5. Hearing with two ears.
People losing hearing sensitivity notices that certain soft sounds are no longer audible, a lot of normal daily sounds become too soft to hear. It affects the overall hearing audibility.
People suffering from reduced dynamic range consider medium level of sounds as soft sounds, loud sounds which acceptable by most people may become too loud to them. The hearing comfortable range will become a lot smaller than normal hearing.
For people to understand speech, our hearing system must have the ability to identify different pitches of sounds, e.g. “Sand” (high pitch ‘S’consonant) and “Band” (low pitch ‘B’consonant). Hearing loss can severely damage the ear ability to separate different pitches of sounds which make people hard to identify words in conversation. The frequency resolution problem can cause hearing difficulty in all situations.
Speech consists of many different elements in various speed, for instance strong vowels alternating with soft consonants. Hearing loss reduce the hearing system ability to separate the two sounds from each other (Time resolution). With poor time resolution in your hearing system, your speech understanding in background noise situations become difficult.
Brain constantly compare sounds received from the two ears (Binaural auditory processing) help us to locate the sounds and the movement of the sounds. The comparison process also help suppress unwanted sounds. Hearing loss can affect the sound localization and reduce speech understanding in noisy environment.
Hearing loss is not as simple as many people think. Sandgate hearing test Audiologists are trained professional to help people to understand their hearing problems and suggest hearing solutions.

Why do people not wear their hearing aids?

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A successful hearing rehabilitation outcome does not solely rely on getting a hearing aid. It is an unfornate fact that some clients fitted with hearing aids do not wear them. For audiologists, it is important to identify factors that affect hearing aid usage. An appropriate plan can be devised to ensure the clients enjoy using the new hearing devices and get a great outcome.
According to a UK study* “Why do people fitted with hearing aids not wear them?” (Abby McCormack & Heather Fortnum, International Journal of Audiology 2013; 52-360-368), these are the factors that contribute to the low usage of  hearing aids.

  1. Not able to insert the hearing aid, feel discomfort, experiencing side effects e.g. rashes, itching
  2. Poor sound quality, hearing aid not effective, particular in noisy situations.
  3. Feedback problem (whistling)
  4. Psycho-social factors, i.e. poor motivation/feel a nuisance/ hassle

In my experience, some clients don’t realize their hearing aids have become faulty and assume their hearing aids are no longer useful for them. Some clients have invested in expensive devices but they are still not getting satisfactory outcomes. They believe there is nothing else they can do to help their hearing. They assume seeking a second opinion won’t help.
If you experience any of these issues, we are happy to provide our support to help you wear your hearing aid(s) successfully.

Hearing Aid Management Poster

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This poster explains the battery change procedures and hearing aid insertion procedures. It is best to display it on the wall at your home for quick reference. Your family or your carer will make no mistakes in helping you manage your hearing aids. To check out this hearing poster, please visit our office. It is free to our clients.
Sandgate Hearing is an independent client-focussed hearing clinic. Our clients happily say we are different from other hearing clinics.

Sandgate Hearing: Hearing Impaired Badge is a Big Help

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It can be intimidating to ask a stranger to speak clearly to you. This badge can save you from doing this. This badge works well when you are going out shopping, meeting people, going to medical centres and many more places. For those people who do not see your badge, you can point to the badge and ask the person to speak clearly. Another benefit is that if you need to ask people to repeat something or you mishear a conversation, people are more understanding and tolerant to your hearing difficulty. It is a badge well worth it.
If you want to check out this hearing badge, please come to our office. The stock is limited. They are $6.50 each.

Sandgate Hearing is an independent client-focused hearing clinic. Our clients happily say we are different from other hearing test clinics.