Better Hearing in Six Easy Steps
Like most journeys, finding your way toward better hearing solutions starts with a single step. Although the experience can seem daunting at the beginning, the path toward finding hearing solutions isn’t nearly as complicated as you might think. The trick to making the experience as easy and speedy as possible is knowing how to get from A to B. As it turns out, the process is as simple as six steps.
1.) Schedule a Hearing Test
Although this step actually begins when you begin to recognize changes in your hearing, the first active move you’ll need to make is to schedule a hearing test. These painless and straight-forward procedures produce what is called an audiogram. These are detailed “reports” that serve as quantifiable indicators of your hearing loss, and include what frequencies and volumes are more difficult for you. And – since they are the best way to know where your hearing loss is coming from, how severe it is, and the unique qualities of your hearing difficulties – they’re key for starting your journey on the right foot.
This initial step will also be your chance to meet your hearing specialist, the expert that will likely serve as your guide throughout the rest of the journey. So, your audiogram isn’t just about telling you about your hearing loss – it’s the very first piece of information that helps your hearing specialist get to know you, and determine how to guide you onto your next step.
2.) Choose Technology Options
Once you and your hearing specialists have the right tools in hand (that is, your audiogram and information collected during your hearing test), you’re ready to start narrowing down your hearing options. There are countless available technologies for the many types of hearing loss, so your hearing specialist will be important at this stage. They will provide you with a selection of recommended technologies based on their knowledge of your hearing loss and their expertise. Depending on your budget, lifestyle needs and style, you’ll be ready to choose the technologies that are right for you.
Your hearing specialist will make sure to tailor their recommendations based upon your unique hearing needs. Whether your hearing loss is accompanied by ringing in your ears or difficulties with low frequencies, your hearing specialist will help you choose a hearing aid technology with your unique hearing needs in mind.
3.) Choose an Aid Style
Choosing your hearing aid technology is only the first step in finding the perfect hearing aid for you. After choosing what your hearing aid will be like on the inside, you’ll need to choose what’s it’s like on the outside, too. Next up, choosing your hearing aid wearing style!
Just like hearing aid technologies, wearing styles are an important factor that makes your hearing aid a perfect and personalized fit. At this stage, you’ll probably ask yourself a couple simple but important questions. First, what level of visibility are you comfortable with? Perhaps a nearly-invisible In-The-Ear (ITE) style is best, or maybe a more versatile and visible Behind-the-Ear (BTE) style is suitable. You might opt for a skin-toned color to blend in, or choose a brighter option as a statement.
Second, you’ll need to determine how your aid will react to the elements. If you’re active, you might choose a shockproof and waterproof model. If you want an aid that’s as “plugged in” as you are, maybe you’ll go for something with Bluetooth accessories or an iPhone app. Whichever wearing style you choose, you’ll make the decision alongside your hearing specialist, who will help you narrow down your options along the way.
4.) Get your Hearing Aids Fitted
Just like the clothes that we were, if you want an aid to fit you perfectly, you’ll need a “tailor” to help you do it. In hearing, your “tailor” is your hearing specialist, who has all the right tools to make sure your hearing aid not only fits comfortably, but also enhances your unique hearing efficiently. That means adjusting your aid fit, your personal sound preferences, and educating you on the steps to keep them in the very best shape possible. There’s a good chance you’ll repeat this step a few times over the next few months, making incremental changes until your aids are perfectly adjusted for you.
5.) Take your Aids for a “Test Drive”
Although by now you’ll have made careful decisions about your aids’ technologies, fit and sound preferences, the only way to really know if your aids are perfect for you is to try them out for yourself! Emery Hearing Centers makes sure that you have 30 days to do this – a “free trial period” that gives you plenty of time to test your hearing aids in your typical environments. For a month, you’ll wear your aids to church services, family events, in front of your TV at home, eating at a favorite restaurant and while chatting on your phone.
If within that 30 days you decide that your aids aren’t right for you, you’ll be able to go back to square one to find an aid or aids that are just right. But in the likely event that your hearing aids transform your quality of life, you’ll have 30 days to experience all the vibrant sound that you’ve been missing without any obligation. Think of this step in the same way you’d buy a new car – you can’t take it for a “test drive” without getting behind the wheel!
6.) Schedule Your Care and Maintenance Check-Ups
The very last step in your hearing journey is also the most important – making sure you create a schedule that guarantees great hearing for years to come. Just like that brand new car that you took for a “test drive” in step 5, your hearing aids will require maintenance to keep performing at their very best. The best way to make sure you stay on top of your regular maintenance is to schedule it ahead of time.
Every follow-up appointment with an Emery hearing specialist promises personalized after-care and a chance to “touch base” with your hearing journey counterpart. This is the perfect time to make adjustments, have your hearing aids cleaned well and make any repairs you might require. Plus, you’ll be able to discuss any changes in your hearing with your specialist, who will help you find new avenues for improvement your changing hearing needs. And, with your aids covered by manufacturer warranties, you’ll be able to keep them in top form without digging too deep into your pockets!
To schedule an appointment with a hearing professional please contact:
Emery Hearing Centers of Arizona
13711 W. Camino Del Sol
Sun City West, AZ 85375
Phone: (623) 792-7151
7115 E. Baseline Rd. Suite #107
Mesa, AZ 85209
Phone: (480) 556-1756
9133 W Thunderbird Rd
Peoria, Arizona, 85381
Phone: (602) 455-1331