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Pacific Hearing Care Blog | Hawaii's Best Choice for Hearing Aids

By Pacific Hearing Care 12 Jan, 2018

Hearing aids are one of the most helpful medical inventions of the 20th century. Humans have always suffered from hearing loss, but it isn't until recently that we've developed the technology to ensure the hard of hearing can continue to enjoy the same quality of life they did before their hearing loss.

But many people turn away from this excellent technology. They often pretend they can hear the friends around them perfectly while shrinking further and further into themselves. Their quality of life lowers significantly — which is unfortunate because it doesn't have to. Hearing aids are a simple solution that can vastly improve your life.

Keep reading to learn about the most common reasons people don't visit their doctors to learn about hearing aids. Then start working through those fears so you can go back to enjoying your life experiences and loved ones the way you used to.

1. Worry About How Hearing Aids Will Look

If you haven't gotten hearing aids because you're worried about how they'll look, you're far from alone. A study from the International Journal of Audiology reports that nearly 80% of adults who could benefit from hearing aids don't use them, and a huge percentage of that group avoids hearing aids because they're worried about how they'll look.  

Most people who avoid hearing aids have aged into hearing loss. They're worried that wearing hearing aids will make them look old and cause people to treat them differently in public. The stigma of hearing aids often persuades people that it's better to read lips and speak less frequently than invest in something that will make them look older.  

Being afraid that people will treat you differently because of how you look is a real fear and not one you can reject lightly. It might help to attend a few therapy sessions to talk through why looking old bothers you and how you can work through those concerns.

It's also much easier than it was in the past to find small, effective hearing aids that don't stand out. Some hearing aids are even as small as a penny and aren't obvious to anyone but the wearer. Talk to your hearing aid provider about which inconspicuous hearing aids they offer and how well these aids could work for you.

2. Worry Hearing Aids Will Feel Uncomfortable

No one wants to try anything they imagine will hurt them. And it's true that older hearing aids often look bulky — it's hard to look at them and think that they could possibly be comfortable. However, hearing aids have come a long way since they were first invented.

Just as there are now smaller, subtler versions of hearing aids, so too are there more comfortable aids. You can find hearing aids that fit comfortably over your ear or stay snug in the ear canal or in the ear itself. Your hearing aid provider will work with you to find a comfortable pair of hearing aids that you'll actually wear.

3. Worry About Cost

You might think that hearing aids are a frivolous expense that you can't afford. But hearing aids have a major impact on your quality of life — they let you connect with those around you and continue to engage in the world.

Insurance companies and health care providers alike understand the importance of hearing aids, which is why many insurance companies will work with you so you can afford the right pair of aids. You should also talk to your hearing aid provider about deals they offer to make this crucial medical appliance fit your budget.

Talk to Your Provider for More Help

Do you have additional worries about hearing aids? Just get in touch with a hearing aid provider like Pacific Hearing Care . We're happy to help you find the right hearing aids for your needs, including discreet, comfortable hearing aids that fit your budget.

By Pacific Hearing Care 27 Dec, 2017

Hearing loss creates many challenges for anyone, but hearing aids can help your loved one cope with the symptoms and get back to their everyday life.

However, the signs of hearing loss are so subtle that your loved one might not be diagnosed until the hearing loss begins to profoundly affect their everyday life. By this time, your loved one may be used to their current level of hearing and think they can get along fine without hearing aids, or they may not wish to wear their hearing aids out of embarrassment or discomfort.

Additionally, many people require an adjustment period as they get used to the physical sensations of hearing augmented sounds and having the devices in their ears. While most people do require some time to get used to wearing their hearing aids, you can make the process smoother by using these strategies. With your help, your loved one can fully reap the benefits of hearing aids.

Demonstrate the Importance of Hearing Aids

At first, your loved one may not fully understand why you want them to wear hearing aids. Talk to your loved one about how hearing aids can help them do things like communicate better with their friends and family or hear the signs of danger, such as a fire alarm. You can also recruit the help of someone they respect, such as a doctor, to reinforce the benefits of wearing their hearing aids during the day.

While your loved one has the final say over whether or not they will wear hearing aids, and you should never force their decision, you can encourage them to think of the benefits that hearing aids will bring. With your support, your loved one is more likely to be willing to try hearing aids consistently.

Get a Proper Fitting

Ill-fitting hearing aids are uncomfortable for the wearer, and they may fall out of your loved one's ears more often. Take your loved one to a hearing aid specialist who can make sure that the ear molds fit the ear canal and, if the model has a behind-the-ear portion, that the behind-the-ear portion of the device sits securely so that your loved one feels comfortable.

Keep Up With Maintenance

The high humidity in Hawaii can cause moisture to build up in your loved one's hearing aids, affecting the performance. Additionally, if your loved one is ill or elderly, they may not have the energy to properly maintain their hearing aids.

Have the hearing aid specialist show you how to perform daily checks and cleanings on your loved one's hearing aids to make sure they don't experience problems, such as muffled or skipped sounds. Then arrange for regular professional checks to make sure the devices stay in good repair.

Respond to Their Changing Needs

As your loved one ages, you may need to update or replace their hearing aids periodically. Keep in mind that your loved one's hearing loss and comfort levels may change, and your loved one's hearing aids will need to adapt to the changing conditions.

If your loved one is in good health, they may also prefer a device that fits their lifestyle better so that they can enjoy activities with greater confidence. Talk to a hearing aid specialist about new options that may address issues that rise with your loved one's lifestyle. With a qualified specialist, you can address any problems that come up.

At Pacific Hearing Care, our specialists are adept at helping people of every walk of life adjust to their new hearing devices. Contact us today to learn more about options that make wearing hearing aids easier for your loved one.

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What Is A Hearing Instrument Specialist?

A hearing instrument specialist (HIS) is a professional trained specifically in the fitting of the hearing aids. They are also known as hearing aid specialist and hearing aid dispensers. Hearing instrument specialist evaluates people with hearing problems and selects the best instrument to improve their condition.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE HEARING LOSS?

At times, people notice the signs of hearing loss; however, do not take the steps to get treated right away. Typically, it takes people an average of seven years to seek treatment. 
Some common signs that you may have hearing loss if:
  • Having difficulties hearing over the phone.
  • Trouble following a conversation when people are talking at the same time
  • Frequently complaining people are mumbling when they are talking
  • Turning up the volume of the T.V.
  • Constantly having someone to repeat what they have just said
  • Avoiding certain places or people because you cannot understand them

I think i may have a hearing problem...what should i do?

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