Hearing Aid Selection
After you’ve discussed your needs with your audiologist, you will generally be presented with a few recommended options at different price points. In some cases, you might have the opportunity to wear a demonstration hearing aid for a few hours or a few days to try out. Once you’ve made your decision, the audiologist will order your selection and schedule you to come back at a later date for the initial hearing aid programming. If you’ve decided on a custom-fit ITE style or a BTE with earmold style, your audiologist will take an impression of your ear canal to send in with the order.
Initial Hearing Aid Programming
When your hearing aid arrives at the office, the audiologist will hook it up to the computer and program it according to your hearing loss and preferences. Some audiologists choose to do the programming before you arrive and some prefer to do it while you’re there.
Once the hearing aids are out of the box and in your ears, you’ll start hearing lots of things you haven’t heard for years. In fact, you might feel like everything is too loud at first. It will take time for your brain to relearn which sounds to ignore, like the sound of your own footsteps or the rustle of your clothing. But don’t worry—your audiologist will do some tests to make sure that the hearing aid is set appropriately for your hearing loss. You will also be counseled on how to change the battery, use any features, clean and take care of your hearing aid.
Hearing Aids – The Full Story
Adjusting To Your Hearing Aids
Adjusting to hearing aids takes time. Some people only need a day or two but most people need a few weeks to a few months to adjust to using hearing aids. The important thing to remember is to wear them, even if just for a few hours the first day, an hour longer the following day, and so on until you are wearing hearing aids all day.
Start by wearing them at home or in other quiet listening environments and focus on having one-on-one conversations. As you gradually increase the number of places where you use your hearing aids, don’t be discouraged by background noise.
Let your friends and family know you’re using your new hearing aids so they can help you stay committed to better hearing as you wear your aids in more challenging environments.
For extra practice with your hearing aids, try to locate the sources of all the sounds in your environment, or listen to audio books or talk radio while you’re home alone.
During this time of adjustment, you’ll want to see your audiologist for as many follow-up visits as you need to fine-tune the sounds you’re hearing, adjust the fit in your ear and talk about the situations that are most challenging for you.
Hearing aids work extremely well when fitted and adjusted properly. They should be comfortable to wear and provide good sound quality. It is important to remember that hearing aids do not restore normal hearing and are not as good as normal hearing. At first, you will be aware of hearing aids in your ears and your voice will sound “funny.”
The quicker you ramp up to wearing them all day, like you would wear a pair of eyeglasses, the faster your brain will re-program itself to ignore the sounds that are meaningless to you.
Before you know it, you’ll only be able to hear the refrigerator humming if you concentrate and listen for it!
[+][-]ABOUT OUR PRACTICE
Established in October of 2008, New River Valley Hearing, Inc. seeks to provide the best hearing healthcare possible and improve our patients’ quality of life. Our mission is to provide excellent customer service, quality reputable products, and the best trained audiological professionals. We are able to provide excellent customer service by holding the patient paramount in all respects. We offer professional and personalized services to patients ranging from infants to seniors. These services range from basic hearing tests to sophisticated computerized evaluations.
MEET OUR AUDIOLOGIST
JOANNE F. DILLON M.S., CCC-A, FAAA
Joanne has clinical experience obtained over fifteen years in diagnostic evaluations for hearing and vestibular (balance) disorders, fitting and treatment of hearing loss, and hearing loss prevention and protection.
She has gained experience with every age patient in hospitals, ENT physician clinics, university clinics, audiology clinics, military air wing bases and aircraft carriers, assisted living and nursing homes.
[+][-]Locations & Directions
New River Valley Hearing
616 West Main St., Suite G
Radford, Virginia, 24141
Phone: (540) 731-4327
Fax: (540) 731-4328
New River Valley Hearing
Village Green Complex
201 E. Main St. Suite 9
Floyd, Virginia, 24091
Phone: (540) 745-8327
Fax: (540) 745-8328