Why should someone get hearing aids?
When loss of hearing is starting to have an impact on your quality of life, such as missing out on conversations or having to turn the television up, you should consider hearing aids.
They may also be worth considering if you’re feeling fatigued from concentrating on people speaking just to hear them.
What problems do hearing aids solve?
Hearing aids can help with a range of hearing difficulties, such as hearing conversations in both one-to-one and noisy situations, difficulties with speech clarity and understanding and hearing the TV properly.
There is also wider ongoing research into whether hearing aids can help to reduce the cognitive load (the amount our brain has to work in order to take in new information) a person experiences, which could ultimately help reduce the risk of dementia and improve cognitive fatigue.
Hearing aids have lots of benefits but it’s important to know that they won’t cure your hearing loss. Hearing aids are personal listening devices and are designed to make one-on-one communication easier. In busy or noisy places, you may still struggle with your hearing even while wearing them — just the same as someone who has no difficulty with their hearing may.
How long does it take to adjust?
It can take up to 12 weeks to fully adjust to your hearing aids – during this time your brain will retrain itself to acknowledge sounds around you at a louder level. The aim is to wear hearing aids as often as possible to give you the best chance of adjusting.
Are there any reasons why hearing aids may be unsuitable for me?
From a technological standpoint, the range of styles offered by Specsavers ensures that there is nothing that would make hearing aids unsuitable for you.
However, it’s important to be in the right mindset before proceeding with hearing aids. From worrying about what people might think to your own fear of what wearing a hearing might mean for your lifestyle, it’s important to discuss any negative thoughts with your audiologist.
Wearing hearing aids with glasses
Many thousands of people across the UK successfully wear hearing aids and glasses together.
If you are having difficulty sitting your hearing aid behind your ear, return to your Specsavers Audiologist and ask them to check on the fitting. A simple adjustment to the tubing may be all that is required.
Hearing aid top tips
We want you to get the most from your new hearing aids. So our hearcare professionals have put together some tips and advice we hope you'll find useful:
- Be sure to keep your hearing aids away from water, damp and direct sunlight
- Your hearing aids may have settings or programmes to help filter out excessive background noise. Check your supplier guide or ask an audiologist to find out how to adjust them (some hearing aids do it automatically)
- Always make sure you store your hearing aids in their case overnight or when you're not using them
- Keep ear wax at bay by cleaning your hearing aids regularly, following the advice given by your audiologist
- When recharging your hearing aids, check your power pack is plugged in correctly, switched on, and that your hearing aids are sitting correctly in the power pack
- Assistive listening devices, such as remote microphones or TV streamers, can wirelessly link to your hearing aids to help in the most challenging situations. Ask your audiologist to find out more
- Many of our hearing aids let you adjust volume or even change programmes using a smartphone app. Speak to your audiologist to find out more
- Your hearing aids will have a coloured tab printed on them to show which ear they are for - red for your right ear and blue for your left ear
- If your hearing aid uses batteries and not rechargeable batteries, you will need to change them regularly. Most hearing aids will beep when batteries are running low
Find out more about hearing aids
Remember that our hearcare professionals are always happy to help. If you need advice, just ask. They may be able to adjust your hearing aids to give you better results. For more information about hearing aid options, head over to our hearing aid learning resource. You can also book an appointment here with your local Specsavers audiologist, who will be able to take you through the steps further.