I recently went to purchase a new TV. Should be pretty easy right? I walked into the store, talked with the “TV Expert” and walked out — but without a TV and with a ton of questions instead!
The “TV Expert” talked about things like 4K resolution with 120 Hz refresh OLED and contrast-ratios. Yikes! I just want to know if it will work in my house and if my shows will look good.
As I walked out, I saw my face reflected in the window and I realized I had the same look that many people exploring hearing aids have: confused, overwhelmed and uncertain. My biggest concern is that if I can’t understand what the experts are talking about, how am I going to be able to make it work?
“Hearing Aid Experts” will often talk about noise management algorithms featuring automatic adaptive technology with expanded dynamic range and advanced customization. Yikes! I just want to know if I will be able to hear at the card game!
Advanced technology makes hearing aids more user-friendly than ever before
It can be easy to become overwhelmed as you discuss hearing aid technology and options with your hearing healthcare professional. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Believe it or not, all those advanced algorithms and high-tech features actually make hearing aids easier than ever to use.
Many of today’s hearing aids are smart and sophisticated enough to operate with little fuss, adjusting to listening environments automatically or via simple command on an app.
Here are four tips to clear away the clutter and help you feel more comfortable making the best decision for your unique hearing and communication needs.
- You don’t have to understand all the intricacies of how the hearing aid works! Most hearing aids have “set it and forget” modes that only require you to wear them.
- Think about the places and people you want to hear and communicate with better. Having an idea of this before you go in for your hearing aid fitting will help you and your professional focus on your unique needs.
- Think about the things you miss doing. Have you stopped going to cards or eating in a certain place because it was difficult to follow the conversation? Knowing these things can help make sure the hearing aids will help in a variety of situations.
- As you look at your list of situations and people that are important, higher level technology will help in more situations than entry level technology.
The hardest part of using hearing aids is remembering to put them on every morning! All the fancy stuff the experts may talk about will happen for you when you wear them. The key is working closely with your hearing professional to set yourself up for hearing simplicity and success!