Central Audiology will provide training for you
Most hearing aids are not difficult to adjust. When you purchase a hearing aid from Central Texas Audiology, we will provide you with comprehensive training on how to use it, how to change batteries, and depending on the type of hearing aid, how to program it. If you have problems later, you will be able to call us for assistance or make an appointment for assistance.
Keep in mind that hearing aids take time and patience to use successfully. Wearing your aids regularly will help you adjust to them.
Become familiar with your hearing aid’s features. As part of your training with Central Texas Audiology, our audiologist will have you practice putting in and taking out the aid, cleaning it, identifying right and left aids, and replacing the batteries. We will show you how to test it in listening environments where you might have problems with hearing. You will learn to adjust the aid’s volume and to program it for sounds that are too loud or too soft. We will work with you until you are comfortable and satisfied.
Initially you may experience some of the following problems as you adjust to wearing your new aid:
My hearing aid feels uncomfortable.
Some individuals may find a hearing aid to be slightly uncomfortable at first. Ask your audiologist how long you should wear your hearing aid while you are adjusting to it.
My voice sounds too loud
The “plugged-up” sensation that causes a hearing aid user’s voice to sound louder inside the head is called the occlusion effect, and it is very common for new hearing aid users. Check with your audiologist to see if a correction is possible. Most individuals get used to this effect over time.
I hear whistling in my hearing aid
A whistling sound can be caused by a hearing aid that does not fit or work well or is clogged by earwax or fluid. See your audiologist for adjustments.
I hear background noise
A hearing aid does not completely separate the sounds you want to hear from the ones you do not want to hear. Sometimes, however, the hearing aid may need to be adjusted. Talk with your audiologist.
I hear a buzzing sound when I use my cell phone
Some people who wear hearing aids or have implanted hearing devices experience problems with the radio frequency interference caused by digital cell phones. Both hearing aids and cell phones are improving, however, so these problems are occurring less often. When you are being fitted for a new hearing aid, take your cell phone with you to see if it will work well with the aid.