What Does a Hearing Specialist Do?
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If you have any questions or concerns about your hearing health, then you want to make sure you’re seeking help from those who can provide what you need. There is a range of different professionals in the world of healthcare, each of them providing a different level of expertise and service. Your regular doctor alone may not be able to provide all the services you need when it comes to your hearing.
Here, we’re going to look at what hearing specialists, such as those at Nobile Hearing Aids, can provide. As hearing instrument specialists, there are a wide variety of services we offer.
Proactivity is crucial when it comes to taking care of your hearing. If you have any concerns about the changes you’ve noticed to your hearing, it’s wise to make an appointment for a hearing test. Similarly, if you have never had one before, you should make an appointment. Healthy adults should have a hearing test every two-to-three years, while those with existing hearing or related conditions and those over 65 should have one annually.
The hearing test is a multifaceted examination designed to help you see the full picture of your hearing health. It includes looking at your medical history, a visual examination of the outer ear and ear canal and tone/speech tests to see what noises you can and cannot reliably hear. It’s the most effective way to learn the severity and type of hearing loss you may potentially have to treat.
Hearing aid evaluations
If your hearing test indicates that you have some kind of hearing loss, then a hearing aid is the most common form of treatment. These devices help to amplify your hearing to help you live a more convenient and comfortable life. However, not all hearing aids are the same.
Depending on the severity of your hearing loss, the environments you live and work in, hobbies, lifestyle and needs, you may need a particular kind. Some, for instance, are better suited to those who spend most of their time alone while others can help you accommodate noisy, crowded environments. A hearing instrument specialist can help narrow down your options as best as possible amongst the thousands of models to ensure you’re choosing those that meet your needs.
Hearing aid fittings
Once you have selected the hearing aid based on the recommendations of your hearing instrument specialist, it’s time to make sure that it’s a good fit. This can happen on the same day that you select your hearing aid, provided that it’s available or when the manufacturer sends it.
The fitting begins with learning more about your hearing aid. This includes learning how to insert it, how to remove it, how to clean and maintain it, as well as how to change the batteries and store the device overnight. You will also be taught how to adjust the settings and change the programming to ensure that it’s as effective for you as possible.
Following that, your hearing instrument specialist will help you wear it for the first time and make sure that it’s a good fit. If all is well, they will recommend a plan of how often you should wear it each day to ensure you adjust to it properly. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled to see that you’re comfortable with your hearing aid and to make any fine-tuning adjustments necessary.
Hearing aid repairs
If your hearing aid is malfunctioning or no longer working as well as expected, your hearing instrument specialist can provide plenty of help. As well as advice on how to troubleshoot or take care of it, they can make lots of fixes for common problems on the spot. For any more complex issues, they can send it to the manufacturer for repairs or replacement parts.
Custom earmold and earplugs
Many hearing aids require the use of an earmold. Earmolds are also created in order to provide the most comprehensive hearing protection available. This has to be shaped to the individual’s ears, fitting the contours perfectly. To ensure that you get the best use of your hearing aid, we can create a custom earmold specific to your ears. Earmolds can be created of solid, soft or spongy materials and in full-shell and half-shell varieties. Every option can suit different needs, which your hearing specialist can explain in further detail.
Custom earplugs also offer protection but are worn in the canal only, instead of covering parts of the outer ear. All the same, custom molded earplugs are much more comfortable and long-lasting than the disposable varieties.
If you want to know more about the individual services that the hearing instrument specialists at Nobile Hearing Aids provide or you want to arrange an appointment, don’t hesitate to get in touch at (239) 772-8101.