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HEALTHCARE

COUNCIL ON AGING - ORANGE COUNTY

Hearing Aids:
What You Should Know
n Providence Speech and Hearing Center

If you think it might be time to get hearing aids, it is
important to know more about the options available,
what to look for, and how to adjust to them.
Getting started
Equally as important as deciding to get hearing aids
is deciding where to get them. Many are sold by hearing
aid dispensers who work on commission and may sell
you a device that doesn't completely meet your needs.
It is essential to find a full-service audiology center that
offers the latest in high-quality hearing aids, service
and repairs. Look for a Doctor of Audiology who will
perform a full audiology evaluation to determine your
degree of hearing loss and if you need hearing aids.
Hearing aid technology and styles
With today's digital technology, there are a lot of
options available. Hearing aids can be programmed to
automatically adjust based on your level of hearing loss,
listening needs, and the sounds around you. When programmed properly, the result is sound that's finely tuned
to your hearing loss.
Hearing aids are available in many different styles.
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Some fit completely inside your ear canal making them
nearly invisible, some fit partially in your ear canal, and
others hide behind your ear. Some hearing aids have
built-in options to improve your ability to hear in specific situations. Discuss with your audiologist the best
style and options to meet your needs, then ask about a
demonstration or trial period with the hearing aids you
select.
After the fitting
Once you've received your hearing aids, it is important to recognize that getting used to wearing them
takes time. Hearing aids improve your hearing by
amplifying soft sounds and reducing loud background
noises. It takes time for your brain to adjust to this new
way of hearing. Your listening skills will gradually improve as you become accustomed to the amplification.
Remember that your hearing loss was likely a gradual
process, but hearing aids make an immediate difference.
Give yourself time to get used to the change. By wearing your hearing aids regularly and taking good care of
them, you'll likely notice significant improvements in
your overall quality of life.
For more information visit Providence Speech and
Hearing Center at www.pshc.org.

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