Being fitted for hearing aids
The first step in finding hearing aids to suit your needs is to book a free hearing check at a clinic near you.
If this shows signs of hearing loss, a full diagnostic hearing test will be arranged. Once your clinician has assessed your level of hearing, they can help you find a hearing aid to suit your needs.
Hearing aids vary in size. Some are more appropriate for certain types of hearing loss and ear shapes. Your clinician will consult with you on the benefits of various styles and ways in which they can help you improve your hearing.
Your clinician will customise the type of hearing aid you choose to your hearing loss using state-of-the-art fitting equipment.
Bay Audiology is not owned by a hearing aid manufacturer, so our clinicians offer unbiased and expert advice.
Living with hearing aids
Hearing aids can take a while to get used to because your brain has adjusted to having some degree of hearing loss. When you first wear your hearing aids, noises might be amplified or distorted because your brain may need to re-learn sounds.
Don’t worry, this is perfectly normal. Most people take four to six months to get used to new hearing aids.
The more you wear your hearing aids, the quicker you will get used to them. Some people can wear them all day immediately. Other people can only manage a few hours to start with, then slowly increase their wearing time each day.
Some people can wear their devices in quiet and noisy places from day one, while others need to practice with their hearing aids in quiet areas before attempting noisy places.
Everyone takes longer to get used to wearing hearing aids in noisy environments.
- Try different situations where you feel comfortable wearing your hearing aids in both quiet and noisy places.
- Wear them for as long as you can.
- Increase wearing time every day.
Adjusting to quiet
When you start wearing hearing aids, you may hear sounds you could not hear before, making you more aware of background noises such as:
- The rustling of the newspaper
- The clanging of dishes in the sink or the noise of the dishwasher
- The hum of your computer
- Footsteps on hard surfaces
- Signal indicators in the car
Over time, your brain will readjust to these sounds so you won’t notice them as much.
Adjusting to noise
People with normal hearing only hear 75% of conversations when there is background noise. Someone with hearing loss will hear much less, even with the best hearing aids. Your device will help adjust the noise level to make it more suitable for your needs, but you can help yourself hear better by:
- Positioning, if possible, your back to the noise and facing the person you’re speaking to
- Ensuring the ‘Noise’ program is turned on in both hearing aids if you’re using manual change programs
- Watching someone’s face for visual cues while they are talking
You might experience some whistling or feedback when you hold a telephone to your ear. Try holding the earpiece in different positions to find out where it is most comfortable. It is also important to remember some hearing aid styles have the microphones positioned on top of your ear, so you may need to hold the phone higher than you are used to.
A sudden loud noise startles everyone, even people with perfect hearing. Your hearing aids have been programmed so these sounds won’t damage your hearing.
If you are having difficulties with your hearing aids, or have questions or concerns, contact your local clinic. They will be happy to help you. You may need help with caring for your hearing aids or need a readjustment.
Caring for your hearing aids
Caring for your hearing aid will:
- Ensure they work properly
- Mean you can wear them and keep them for longer
- Minimise potential problems with your hearing.
Book a free hearing check at a clinic near you today so you can start living with better hearing and improve your lifestyle.