Q. Now that we’re spending more time at home due to the virus, it has become undeniably apparent my wife needs the TV volume up much louder than any of the rest of our family. If she could turn it up to 110, she would. How would hearing aids help her?
A. Hearing aids boost the sounds a person does not hear well. In your wife’s case, she is missing enough sounds that she needs the TV turned up much louder than the rest of your family.
After a thorough ear exam and hearing test, hearing aids are programmed to fill in the portions of sounds a person does not hear well. To that person, sounds are a bit louder, and much clearer and more distinct.
When using properly programmed hearing aids, your wife should be able to understand TV much better at a much lower volume. Likewise, if she has needed the TV up so loud, she has probably been having a tough time hearing you and your family. Hearing aids set for her needs will allow her to have much better, more relaxed, and more pleasant conversations with everyone.
Due to the coronavirus, many hearing centers have limited office hours or have closed to keep their patients and staff safe. Check their websites, or call them for updated information.
Call us at the Better Hearing Center of Austin for an appointment. We will resume in-office appointments once the Austin-area has lifted the shelter in place request. If needed, get your hearing tested and listen to the newest hearing aids. 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.