What to Expect Once You Decide to Treat Your Hearing Loss
Updated: Apr 17, 2020
If you’ve been reluctant to start treating your hearing loss, you’re not alone. On average, it takes people about seven years to begin treatment from the time they’re diagnosed! But look on the bright side—your hearing can be greatly improved, allowing you to connect with the world just like you did years ago. Here are a few things to expect once you decide to treat your hearing loss.
Beginning the Search for Hearing Aids
Since there are many different types of hearing loss, there are many different types of hearing aids. Here’s a rundown of the three main types:
Sensorineural hearing loss involves the inner ear, and it’s the most common type of hearing loss. It’s generally treated with hearing aids.
Conductive hearing loss is a little less common. If you have conductive hearing loss, your doctor will sit down with you to explore different treatment methods.
Mixed hearing loss is a combination of the two, and, just like conductive hearing loss, your doctor will help you explore the different treatment options and hearing aids available to you.
Comparing Hearing Aid Models
Hearing aids come in different shapes, sizes, and varieties. Whether or not you opt for in-the-ear, behind-the-ear, or a smartphone or Bluetooth compatible option, your hearing specialist will help you choose the best brand and style of hearing aid available to you.
Some of the industry’s top-of-the-line brands include Oticon, Starkey, and Widex hearing aids.
Communicate With Your Specialist During Your Trial Period
After you get matched and fitted to the appropriate hearing aid, it’s important to pay close attention to the feel, comfort level, and sound quality of your new device during the trial period. As things come up, such as muffled sounds and overpowering ambient noise, keep in mind that it takes a while for your ears and brain to readjust to your environment.
If there are any issues with your new device, get in touch with your audiologist so that it can be readjusted.
If you’ve made the decision to treat your hearing loss or explore your hearing aid options, High Level Speech & Hearing Center has exactly what you need. We offer a wide range of hearing treatment and hearing aid services to patients of all ages in the greater New Orleans area. We also accept a variety of insurances and offer competitive financing options on our devices. Give us a call today at 504.345.2984 to schedule an appointment at our Harahan or New Orleans location.