Hearing Aids

Hearing aids are expensive and they are quite different to obtaining glasses. With the correct glasses all you need to do is to put them on and you can see clearly. The result is instantaneous even though there might be minor adjustments. Anyone who is buying or receiving hearing aids for the first time should understand that this will be a very different experience and it will take you some time to adjust. Why is that?

The problem is that your brain has not heard certain sounds for some time and it needs to learn, to hear these sounds again. Initially there will be lots of noise, a lot louder than you are used to. This period of adjustment can take months so don't expect instantaneous results. This can also be made worse when people delay obtaining hearing aids. They tend to struggle on with their hearing gradually getting worse so it may have been years since their brain has heard certain sounds.

Let us assume you are at the stage of getting hearing aids which may cost up to $10000 or even more. If you are going to spend that sort of money you want to get it right! This means you have to give thought to the sorts of conditions you want to be able to hear in. Think about your lifestyle. If you lead a busy life with meetings, cocktail parties, the movies, theatre and music you may need different aids than someone who leads a quieter life.

There is also the option of a 'T' switch in your aid which enables you to hear where a hearing loop is available, for example on the telephone. This is a valuable option and we feel an essential requirement for most people. Loops are found in many places (see 'loops' button) and can only be accessed if you have a "T' switch on your aid.

So there is a lot to do to prepare for the trip to the audiologist. We do have a brochure which you may find useful. We can send you a copy if you email us. Please use the email address: bhacanberra@gmail.com 

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