You’ve resigned yourself to the fact that it’s time to get a hearing aid. You’re tired of having to turn captions on the TV so you can “hear” what they’re saying. You’re embarrassed to keep saying “what?” every time someone asks you a question. Hearing someone through their mask is almost impossible, as is listening to a conversation when there is any background noise at all.
So, congratulations on your decision to improve the quality of your life with a hearing aid! The only regret you’re going to have is that you didn’t choose to do it sooner.
But when purchasing a hearing aid, where in the world do you even start? There are so many different decisions to be made, so many other brands to buy, and so many various features to consider. Will people be able to notice you have a hearing aid in? Will it have Bluetooth features that allow you to answer phone calls and listen to music through it too? Or do they make hearing aids with none of those newfangled things on them – just a simple hearing device?
Of course, our team at Excel ENT, including our audiologist, Dr. Helen Lee Miles, is here to help you make the right choice when it comes to the hearing aid that best suits your lifestyle and needs.
We understand you probably don’t know what you don’t know. That’s why we’ve created a primer for you that outlines all the things you’ll need to consider when purchasing a hearing aid. Of course, we’ll be right with you every step of the way to evaluate what’s important to you and help you make the best selection.
Are you a technology geek? You’ll be blown away at what some hearing aids can do.
Hearing aids these days are much more than just devices that allow for better speech understanding. You can do so many more things than you ever imagined with a variety of brands.
Look for technology options such as:
- Listening to music through your mobile phone. The hearing aid in this scenario becomes like wireless headphones!
- Many also allow you to make hands-free phone calls right from your hearing aids.
- Several of our hearing aid options allow you to stream crystal-clear stereo sound from the television directly to your ears — some allow this feature from up to 23 feet away!
- Many hearing aids come with apps that work from your mobile devices, allowing you to get real-time hearing aid adjustment in real-life environments (like restaurants, meetings, work, and school.)
Who knew, right? There are so many options to choose from, and Dr. Miles will help you choose the hearing aid that is best for your needs.
Your Hearing Aid Fitting
To ensure a proper fit for your hearing device, Dr. Miles will take measurements of your ear to determine the correct size for the in-ear receiver. She will use your audiogram (results from your hearing test) to assist in programming your hearing aids.
Once you try on your hearing aid, Dr. Miles will check for a good acoustic and physical fit. While speaking with Dr. Miles and testing out the sound, she will fine-tune the hearing aids. Her goal is to ensure that patients hear speech appropriately based on their hearing loss and are perceiving it well at a comfortable volume.
Get a 30-day hearing aid trial today from ExcelENT of Alabama in Birmingham, AL
During each week of your 30-day trial, you’ll come back to visit with Dr. Miles for a hearing aid tuning. Throughout your trial, you can test out each device to determine which is the perfect fit for your lifestyle and hearing needs.
If you’re looking for a new hearing aid, don’t put off making an appointment. We can conduct testing and get you fitted with a hearing aid that meets your exact desires and goals.
Click here to schedule an appointment online, or call one of our caring office staff to discuss coming in at a time that’s best for you: 205-988-6858.
We are centrally located in the Birmingham market and we treat all types of issues dealing with the ear, nose, and throat. Patients rave about our results, and our compassionate clinical staff will resolve your problems with the utmost care and professionalism. Reach out to us today!