What to Expect During Screening and Evaluation
During a screening or examination, were you provided a full explanation of all the testing used, as well as the opportunity to view the audiogram? Your doctor should describe the results of the exam, describe the type of hearing loss you have, and the two of you should discuss the implications of these findings. In addition, treatment options can include a number of devices, so a discussion of those options is important.
Behind the ear, in the ear, in the canal, completely in the canal, and open fitting are all options for hearing aids. Your audiologist should describe his or her recommendations and rationale for the treatment option proposed. Other concerns, such as style, cost, and features and controls should be considered at this time.
Time should be spent carefully fitting the aids. You should try placing the devices yourself, under the direction of the specialist, learning to insert, turn on, and care for the devise. You’ll want to be able to operate all the programs yourself, and ensure that you have the ability to adjust the functionality of the microphones, and replace batteries.
Troubleshooting Guide For Hearing Aids
Not Loud Enough or Inconsistent Volume
If your hearing aid isn’t loud enough, there are a few possible culprits. You may have had a hearing change, which is creating the perceived decline in hearing aid performance, but it’s more likely that the battery needs replacing, or the ear mold, tubing, or earbud is blocked, or debris, such as earwax, has built up on the device. Try cleaning or replacing the wax guard, or using a brush to clean the microphone andor receiver.
If the hearing aid is unclear, distorted or inconsistent in performance, first check and replace low batteries. If you’ve also adjusted, cleaned and ensured that the components of the device are not the culprits, it’s possible you have a faulty device. Contact your hearing professional to have a thorough examination of the device to determine the cause.
HOW THE EAR WORKS
Sound waves enter the ear canal and cause vibrations in the eardrum. This moves a tiny series of bones in the middle ear, eventually causing the fluid in the cochlea to move, triggering the nerves to translate the “sound.”