Nobody wants to need hearing aids, but if you do, then you do. It’s difficult, though, to tell if you might need them or if you might not. Sure, you might occasionally have to ask someone to speak up, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you need hearing aids. Below, we’ve created a guide to when you might need hearing aids, why, and how we can help. Ready for hearing aids Burlington, Colorado? Then read on!
Why Do I Need Hearing Aids Burlington, Colorado?
There are all sorts of ways that you can get hearing damage. We see people at our clinic very regularly who’ve acquired hearing damage over the course of many years, often from their work environment. But we’re also seeing more and more people who simply listen to music too loud or keep the volume on their TV too high, which has a gradual effect on their hearing.
Hearing damage doesn’t ‘kick in’ once you hit a certain age, or only affect people in certain professions. It can affect anyone, at any time of their life.
Signs of Hearing Damage
So no matter your profession or your age—or whatever else—you should keep an eye out for the signs of hearing damage. These aren’t medical signs and symptoms; they’re everyday occurrences that point to hearing damage. In no particular order, they are:
- Having to ask people to speak up as a regular occurrence
- Having to turn the TV up loud, to the point where other people complain about the volume!
- Not being able to hear when your order is called when you’re out for coffee or food
- A high-pitched ringing in your ears called tinnitus
If you notice these signs, you could have hearing damage.
Need hearing aids Burlington, Colorado? Here’s what you should do.
The first thing you should think of is getting a hearing check. We perform hearing checks to make sure that your hearing hasn’t been damaged. They’re performed by a qualified audiologist, who identifies weak points in your hearing. For example, can you hear low pitched sounds well, but you can’t hear high pitched sounds? Or is it the other way around? Depending on your precise hearing problem, they can then tailor your hearing aid to make sure that it helps you exactly how you need it to.
Once you’ve had a hearing test, your audiologist will then advise you on what to do next. They might think that you need a hearing aid, in which case they’ll talk through your options. Did you know that there are all sorts of hearing aids these days?
Types of Hearing Aids Burlington, Colorado
You can buy hearing aids of a few different sizes. You can still get the old-fashioned kind, with the bulky plastic piece that sits on the outside of your ear. These are easy to manufacture, and so are quite cheap to buy. Alternatively, you can buy one that sits inside your ear without needing the bulky plastic part. Then, there are even smaller hearing aids that just sit inside your actual ear canal. Needless to say, because they’re smaller and more technologically advanced, these hearing aids are more expensive. Your audiologist will talk you through all of this if they recommend that you need a hearing aid.
Hearing aids that sit inside your ear canal are also called ‘invisible’ hearing aids, because they’re actually so small that nobody will know you’re wearing it. So if that’s a particular concern of yours, just know that there are options for you.
You can also choose between analog and digital hearing aids. Analog hearing aids are the classic kind, that simply amplify sound by making it louder. They use transistors, like old style transistor radios. Digital hearing aids convert the physical sound waves into digital signals, and then create new sound waves, altered to your needs, for you to hear. Digital hearing aids are therefore great for anybody who suffers hearing loss at a particular frequency. Analog hearing aids are cheaper but ‘do the job’, just as they always have done!
Getting Your Hearing Aid Fitted
Once you pick which hearing aid you want, you can get it fitted. It’s really important to get an actual audiologist to fit it for you. It’s not just a matter of making sure that it fits in your ear right, after all. If it were, then anybody could do it. Getting your hearing aid fitted is actually about making sure that you can hear right. Your audiologist will make sure you’re comfortable, before doing some more hearing tests to see whether the hearing aid is working. They will adjust it, so that it picks up sounds at certain frequencies which you normally have difficulty hearing. If it’s not quite right, they’ll adjust it for you, so that you can hear better. It’s a little like being at the opticians, when the optician has you look through different lenses to see what works for you.
That’s why buying hearing aids online can be such a bad idea. Actually popping them in your ear is the easy part!
Give Us a Call for Hearing Aids Burlington, Colorado
So, if you think you might have a hearing problem, give us a quick call! To get through to Sandia Hearing Aid Center, call us on 719-634-6260. If you live in or near Pueblo, you could call King Hearing Aid Center instead on 719-296-6849. No matter where you go, though, the process will be the same.
Ready to start hearing better again? Then give us a quick call, or drop by to ask about how we can help. Alternatively, use our online contact form!