Q. The lecture rooms at St. Edwards can be tricky to hear well in. I got some new hearing aids last summer and find myself constantly adjusting the volume on campus. Is this normal, or is there a better setting to use during my classes?
A. Classrooms can present some tricky challenges to hear well in, much like restaurants, meeting rooms, parties, live music events, etc.
Your hearing aids should allow you to adjust more than the volume. They should also have a few alternative settings to use during different situations. These unique programs are created by your hearing specialist to give you more support and lessen distractions in those situations.
Changing volume and settings frequently is not uncommon, especially when you spend a lot of your day in a highly varied environment like a college campus with many different complex listening situations each day. Do you use a smartphone app to management those changes, or a small remote control? Or do you make the changes by pressing small buttons on the hearing aid themselves? Such new hearing aids should be able to link with a smartphone for easier management of their volume and programs.
Though you recently purchased your hearings, they might be a more basic, less advanced model which could lead to you feeling the need for frequent adjustments.
Call us at the Better Hearing Center of Austin for a thorough appointment and maintenance. If interested, listen to the newest hearing aids after your hearing test. We provide coaching and adjustments during a 4-week hearing aid trial so patients can fully test out hearing aids before making a purchase.
Saleem Assaf (BA – Rice, MBA – UT) is a native Dallas, Texan and a recipient of KVUE’s 2020 award for 5 Who Care and the Texas Hearing Aid Association’s 2018 Dispenser of the Year award. Outside his practice, Saleem volunteers for hearing healthcare in Austin and abroad. Since 2008, he has provided $178,000 in hearing aids to students at the Texas School for the Deaf.