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How are Hearing Aids Programmed?

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When receiving hearing aids for the first time, you’ll make decisions for a lot of things during the process. There are so many different styles and technology types available to suit everyone’s needs and preferences when it comes to bettering their hearing, from devices that sit inside the ear canal to those that sit behind it. Your hearing instrument specialist (HIS) is going to offer everything they can to ensure that the hearing aids you pick are completely right for you and that you’re getting the best auditory experience as a result.

How are hearing aids programmed?

There is a range of features that can come with each hearing aids, whether that’s Bluetooth compatibility in rechargeable ones. Any new hearing aids will need to be programmed, and if you’ve had them before, then you might be able to simply reprogram them using your existing devices. However, sometimes, our hearing can change and so what we thought worked for us on the last hearing devices, might not be the case with your new ones.

Hearing aid programming uses a range of specialist tools which help to program your device. They’re connected to an external computer to help stimulate different sounds and adjust them accordingly to help deliver the very best results for you as the wearer. Hearing loss can vary in nature, and when it comes to using hearing aids, you might need them to perform a certain way for daily life or to help you in your workplace. It might be that you require more amplification of the noise in parts and focus on others.

Is the process difficult to do?

Self-programming is something that many wearers of hearing aids are tempted to do, but that’s not a good idea. By changing something, you suddenly make your hearing device unusable, and that’s something that you don’t want happening when you’re not close by to any professional who can help.

The last thing you want to do is cause any damage to the device either, and special tools are needed for those physical adjustments which you won’t have. To spend hundreds and thousands on new hearing aids, potentially breaking them is something you don’t want to risk.

When programming hearing aids, it takes a lot of training and knowledge of what’s behind the hearing devices and the science behind hearing loss too. And unless you have that experience, it’s not something you should do yourself. Specialist education and practical training is something that makes this process very difficult to do successfully.

Tips when adjusting your hearing aids

Being able to have some control over your hearing aids is important, and today’s hearing devices are more adjustable and customizable than ever. You can switch between different programs that have been preset and are good for different types of environments that you find yourself in. Whether that’s a busy working environment or going from a one-person conversation to a group one. You can also make manual adjustments to volume and level of amplification too.

Features like Bluetooth connectivity can be good when you want to connect to your device nearby and having that control is certainly important. Making sure your hearing aids are reaching their maximum potential for you is essential. It’s great to make use of modern-day technology and the assistance of those professionals who can really help to get the most out of your hearing devices.

Thinking of getting hearing aids? 

Hearing aids can provide better hearing for those who experienced mild to profound hearing loss. Losing your hearing is something that can happen gradually due to age, or it can be from regular exposure to loud noises or sounds. Hearing aids are a great way of regaining some of that sound so that you’re not missing out on conversations or daily sounds that we all often take for granted.

If you’re thinking of getting hearing aids, it’s worth being seen by a professional who can assess your ear health but also make recommendations on what’s best for your hearing. With so many different devices to choose from, picking the right one that suits your needs is essential.

Thinking of getting hearing aids? If so, it’s worth reaching out to a place like Better Hearing of Madison County. We can give you all the details on how best to go about getting the right hearing aids and making sure they’re programmed to your satisfaction. Call us today at (315) 693-3637 to learn more about what we can do for you!