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Understanding the Hearing Evaluation and Hearing Aid Process – Part 3 of 4

Posted on November 24, 2013 at 9:37 PM Comments comments (129)

Choosing the Right Hearing Aid
After you have discussed your needs with your hearing care professional at Stone's Hearing Aid Service, you will generally be presented with a few recommended options at different price points. In most cases, you will have the opportunity to wear a demonstration hearing aid for a few days to try out.
 
Once you have made your decision, we will order your selection and schedule you to come back at a later date for you initial hearing aid programming. If you have decided on a custom-fit ITE style or a BTE with ear-mold style, we will take an 
impression of your ear canal to send in with the order.

Initial hearing aid programming
When your hearing aid arrives at Stone's Hearing Aid Service, we will hook it up to the computer and program it according to your hearing loss and preferences. Some professionals choose to do the programming before you arrive, we prefer to do it while you are there to ensure your hearing is to 
                        your accurate need.

Once the hearing aids are out of the box and on your ears, you will begin to hearing various sounds you have not heard for years. You may even feel like everything is too loud at first. It will take time for your brain to relearn (reprogram) which sounds to adapt to or ignore, like the sound of your own footsteps or the rustle of your clothing. Do not worry—we at Stone's will run tests to make sure that the hearing aid is set appropriately for your hearing loss. You will also be counseled on how to change the battery, use any features, clean and take care of your hearing aid.

Adjusting to your hearing aids
Adjusting to hearing aids takes time. Some people only need a day or two but most people need a few weeks or a few months to adjust to using hearing aids. The important thing to remember is to wear them, even if just for a few hours the first day, an hour longer the following day, and so on until you are wearing hearing aids all day. Start in a favorable listening environment (such as one-on-one conversations in quiet) and work towards more difficult listening situations. Let your friends and family know that you are using your new hearing aids.

During this time of adjustment, you will want to see us at Stone's for as many follow-up visits as you need to fine-tune the sounds you are hearing, adjust the fit in your ear and talk about the situations that are most challenging for you. 

Though many hearing aid professionals charge fees for this process, we at Stone's Hearing Aid Service provide all of these services at no cost as Your Hearing is Our Concern and quality is behind our name.
 

This Thanksgiving, Be Thankful For the Creation of the Hearing Aid

Posted on November 20, 2012 at 12:54 AM Comments comments (4400)
This Thanksgiving, Be Thankful
For the Creation of the Hearing Aid

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If you have recently been diagnosed with a form of hearing loss, odds are you will have to have wear a hearing aid. Even though you may feel uncomfortable or self-conscious will wearing one, you should be extremely thankful for it.

With the thanks to state of the art technology, the hearing aid is a petite piece of equipment that is essentially unnoticeable to an untrained eye.

Who knew that such a tiny device could be prevailing enough to assist with your hearing and identify sounds and conversations that used to be virtually impossible for you to hear? 



If you are still not rather fascinated with your hearing aid, here are a few reasons why you should be: If you were born a few centuries earlier and diagnosed with your condition, you would be in for a rude awakening. Listening devices of the past were much larger and more difficult to disguise. They were far less effective than the ones available today. If you were having trouble engaging in conversations or speaking with people who were more than a few feet away from you, you would still have some trouble in the past. Back in history people adapted by speaking loudly and were not properly trained to diagnose minor hearing problems until they became more pronounced. By that point, you would be destined to use some sort of horn device or suffer from the lack of communication. Thanks to your hearing aid, you don't have to experience what it would be like if you couldn't hear a sound or tone. It is a very hard adjustment going from living in a world full of vibrant sounds and tones to one of absolute and utter silence.

Not only would you have to learn how to depend on your other senses how to communicate with the world around you, you would also experience great emotional turmoil from the tribulation. Depending on your individual circumstances, your condition may be temporary. Unlike the past where the majority of conditions were not treated until they had progressed to something more serious and permanent; at the present time, it is easier to diagnose ear and hearing conditions sooner and lessen the progression of permanent hearing loss with a hearing aid and strengthening exercises.

Listening devices are much more affordable then they have been in the earlier periods. If you feel that you cannot meet the expense of a hearing aid, no or low cost financing is available. Today there is more support and resources available to help you become more comfortable with the idea and act of wearing a listening device. You don't have to wear one that is large and noticeable to a point that everyone around you starts to over enunciate their words and start speaking as if you do  not understand them.