Q. I am wearing my third pair of hearing aids and got my first ones about 15 years ago. At some point will my hearing loss get bad enough that hearing aids stop working for me?
A. Perhaps. I mentioned last week that a general hearing aid rule is to provide help with a hearing aid if the hearing aid provides help. Which goes to say, when a hearing aid stops providing help, it is time to stop using that hearing aid.
Let’s dig into that second statement. If your hearing aids came from a hearing healthcare office (not a pharmacy, not online, not mail order) they can be adjusted in many ways as your hearing worsens. You might need a new or more powerful speaker wire, a different ear bud, a solid ear mold, and/or some programming updates. Or your ears and hearing aids might need a thorough cleaning.
If your current hearing aids do not give you enough help, ask your hearing center to make adjustments to them. If the time comes when you have lost most of your hearing, ultra power hearing aids might still help you a great deal. These most powerful hearing aids also have the Bluetooth features available in less powerful aids.
Or if one of your ears has a much deeper loss than the other, you can use one ultra power hearing aid and one regular hearing aid.
Call us at the Better Hearing Center of Austin for a thorough, well explained ear and hearing exam. You will also listen to new hearing aids at your appointment. We then provide 4-week hearing aid trials with follow-up appointments so our patients can fully test new hearing aids before they make a final purchase.