When it comes to hearing loss whether it’s related to noise or age, as well as the devices that help to treat it, there are no professionals more ready to help than a hearing instrument specialist. But, if you’ve never been to one before, you may not know what they can do for you, or when you might need one.
What is a hearing instrument specialist?
A hearing instrument specialist is a professional who uses the results from your hearing test to recommend which hearing instrument is the best to suit your needs. They are there to advise, fit, maintain, and inform you of everything you need to know. There are four main reasons why you may find yourself needing to see a hearing instrument specialist, let’s have a look at them below:
You know or think that you are experiencing hearing loss
Although hearing loss is more common as you age, it can occur at any time. In fact, some people grow up needing to see a hearing instrument specialist. If you are concerned about your hearing levels and notice warning sign such as misinterpreting conversation, finding it hard to follow the conversation, or having to turn the tv and radio up then a visit to a specialist may be needed.
You may already be aware that you have hearing loss and your audiologist may suggest that you see a hearing instrument specialist. These specialists are perfectly suited to help you chose your device, find out which device most suits your needs, and will help you to choose based on the needs and circumstance of your hearing loss.
Your hearing aid fitting
If you are new to using hearing aids, it can take a while to get used to them. It can also take some time for your brain to get used to the information being sent to your brain and recognized it as sound. Sounds can seem a little distorted and even your own voice in your larynx can sound a little cacophonous.
Seeing a hearing instrument specialist, however, can make your hearing aids comfortable, fit snuggly, and make it miles easier to get used to them.
You require an adjustment to your hearing aids
Hearing loss isn’t just a single specific condition. There are many different classifications, from mild to moderate through to severe. Hearing loss can also change gradually and over time, due to exposure to noise and age, but it can also can from things like ear infections or damages. If your hearing changes, then the chances are you will need to have an adjustment to the hearing device that you are using, including your hearing aids.
A hearing instrument specialist can also help you if your device is broken or malfunctioning, a hearing instrument specialist will be able to look at it closely and help you to repair it or replace it. They may not be able to fix every single issue that occurs, however, they are well equipped and experienced with a wide variety of repairs. If they can’t fix them then they will be able to arrange a replacement and possibly even give you something to help temporarily.
You need advice on using your hearing aids
If you see a heating instrument specialist when you first have your hearing aids fitted, then you will be given a full explanation on how they work, how to control them, and how to take care of them. However, a hearing instrument specialist can also provide this information at any point, to anyone who is finding it difficult to use their device or need it explaining to other family members or care givers.
A hearing instrument specialist is also qualified to be able to provide useful information on how to prevent your hearing loss from getting worse, and also give you great information on how you can interact with your family and friends. Your specialist can also be a great person to ask about support groups or other services that may be helpful.
If you think that you may have had other hearing-related concerns, then you may also need to see an audiologist, especially if this is the start of your hearing loss journey. For everything hearing aid an hearing loss related, a hearing instrument specialist is one of the professionals that is best suited to provide you with equipment information and make a recommendation on the device you may need.
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