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The Benefits of Seeing a Hearing Instrument Specialist

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Around 15% of Americans over the age of 18 report some trouble hearing. As you get older, hearing loss issues become far more common and it is likely that most of us will experience some form of hearing loss in our lives. 

There is a wide range of treatment options available for hearing loss and it is important that you take the right steps to manage the issue. Seeing a hearing instrument specialist is one of the best things you can do to protect your hearing and manage the symptoms of hearing loss.

These specialists know everything there is to know about hearing aids and they can recommend the best possible options for you. Over time, they will become your most important resource when trying to manage hearing loss. These are some of the benefits you will get from seeing a hearing instrument specialist

An understanding of hearing aid technology 

Hearing aid technology is constantly evolving and there are many different methods and devices available to help people that experience hearing loss. The kind of hearing aids that you need depends on the nature of your hearing loss as well as your lifestyle because this impacts your hearing needs.

Your personal preferences in terms of aesthetics are also important when selecting the right hearing aids. A hearing instrument specialist will have an in-depth understanding of the technology that underpins hearing aids, so they can recommend the perfect option for you. They can explain the differences between behind the ear (BTE), in the ear (ITE) and in-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids and the relative benefits of each. 

They are also up to date with the latest advancements in hearing aid technology, so as time goes by, they can recommend upgrades with new features that you did not have access to before. 

Knowledge of specific devices 

As well as understand the technology that underpins hearing aids, a hearing instrument specialist has extensive knowledge of the specific devices available. Every hearing aid is different and has its own features. Knowing which hearing aids are best for you is a case of assessing your hearing loss and your lifestyle and choosing a product that has features best suited to you.

For example, if your job requires you to talk on the phone or take regular meetings, a hearing instrument specialist can recommend hearing aids with features that make that easier for you. They will work with you to find hearing aids in your price range with the best possible features. 

Fitting and fine-tuning hearing aids

When you get hearing aids for the first time, you need them to be fitted correctly and you need advice on how they work. Most people find that it takes some time to adjust to their hearing aids and they need to be fine-tuned to get the best possible results. This transition will be much easier if you work with a hearing instrument specialist who can walk you through the process.

When the hearing aids are first fitted, they will make sure that they are as comfortable as possible and give you a clear explanation of how to operate them. In the weeks and months that follow, your hearing instrument specialist will be able to make small adjustments to your hearing aids so you can get the most out of them. 

Repairs and maintenance 

Hearing aids are prone to general wear and tear over time because you use them on a daily basis. That’s why repairs and maintenance are so important, and a hearing instrument specialist can manage all of this for you. Even the best quality hearing aids will have problems occasionally, and it is vital that you get them fixed in a timely manner. Your hearing aids are a lifeline and without them, you may have difficulty engaging in simple, everyday activities.

But as long as you work with an experienced hearing instrument specialist, this should not be an issue. Repairing and maintaining your hearing aids will ensure that they are always working as they should. It also means that they last longer before they need replacing, so you will save money.

Working with an experienced hearing instrument specialist is so important if you want to protect your hearing and improve your overall quality of life. They have the knowledge and expertise to help you select the right hearing aids and maintain them properly so you get the most out of them. 

If you require the services of a hearing instrument specialist, get in touch with Stanwood Hearing at 360-502-4644 to learn more about how we can help you.