Many people feel apprehensive about wearing hearing aids. Will they feel uncomfortable? Will they get lost easily? Will they really make life easier? Hearing aids have changed a great deal in the last few years, so it’s worth taking a look at the benefits they now offer.
No one has to know you have one
Some modern hearing aids are almost invisible, tucked away in your ear canal where nobody will notice them. They are often custom-made to fit your ear, meaning a high level of comfort. Even behind the ear styles are much smaller and more discreet than they used to be.
Communication is key
Whether at work or at home, you need to be able to communicate with people. If you, like many people, have had an untreated hearing loss for some time, you will be feeling the stress of not being able to communicate efficiently. Taking that leap and getting a hearing aid can make a huge difference to your work and home life, reducing stress and making activities more enjoyable.
Apps and settings galore
Many modern hearing aids come with an app you can use on your phone or tablet computer to control the settings. There are settings you can use for different situations, whether you are having dinner at a busy restaurant, watching a sporting event, or enjoying an evening at home with your loved one. You can also stream music directly from your device to your hearing aid, enabling you to enjoy your favorite band or singer. If you’re not so tech-savvy, we can set you up with a simple to use style that won’t be too complicated.
High quality sound
With a good hearing aid, you might find yourself appreciating certain sounds more than you did before your hearing loss. With directional microphones and digital signal processing, hearing aids can deal with background noise better than ever before.
Get back out there
If you’ve had an untreated hearing loss for a while, you may have found yourself withdrawing a little. Avoiding social events, turning down invitations, and keeping to yourself more. When you have a hearing aid, you can stop that isolation. Accept those invitations, enjoy those events – you’ll be able to have real conversations with your friends and family again, making life that much more enjoyable.
Give your brain a break
When you have an untreated hearing loss, you’re putting a lot of strain on your brain. It has to work really hard to figure out what’s going on around you, and that strain can have some unpleasant effects. You might be feeling fatigued, you might find your memory has deteriorated. You might not have made the link between these things and your hearing loss, but more than likely, they are connected. Getting a hearing aid can have a big effect on your overall health.
Book a hearing test
The first step to getting hearing aids is to come to Selective Hearing for a hearing assessment in Crowley & Lafayette, Louisiana. Book an appointment to have your hearing tested and discuss which hearing aid is best for you.
An Abbeville, Louisiana native, Dr. Thom realized her love for speech, language, and hearing while taking a speech pathology class her junior year at LSU. After completing a bachelor of arts in communications disorders, that love persisted, and Dr. Thom graduated in 2011 with a clinical doctorate in audiology from Louisiana Tech University. Dr. Thom continues to make sounds and language more accessible to her patients and likes to learn about their unique hearing and communication needs. An active member of the Louisiana Academy of Audiology, she has been serving as a board member for two years, and was the 2016-17 President of LAA.