Q. My wife tried some hearing aids for a couple of weeks but still struggled when we played bridge with another couple or tried to talk with friends at a happy hour. Will hearing aids not work for her?
A. Often the ‘first fit’ is not the best fit or final fit for a patient. There are numerous ways a good pair of today’s most advanced hearing aids can be adjusted and modified to help a patient pick up as much detail and clarity as possible.
Have the hearing center try different silicone domes that fit on the end of the hearing aids. A more closed dome might help your wife hear more detail. If she has severe to profound hearing loss, try a custom power ear mold instead of the silicone domes. To hear a specific person better, try a remote microphone that is worn by the speaker so your wife can hear them more clearly – even from 30-40 feet away!
With each of the steps taken above, your wife’s hearing center can also adjust the settings in the hearing aids. Patience is key to allow your wife to practice and experiment with various settings and adjustments and find the ones that work best for her.
Call us at the Better Hearing Center of Austin at 512-282-4327 for a thorough, well explained ear check-up and hearing exam. You can listen to new hearing aids at your appointment. We provide 4-week hearing aid trials with follow-up appointments to fully try out hearing aids before a final 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.