Hearing Aids

Acquiring hearing aids is not merely a simple act of going to a store and purchasing a product. Rather, it is a complex process—one that evolves over time and begins with the hearing-impaired individual accepting the realization that hearing impairment has detrimental effects on interpersonal relationships and safety.

The hearing-impaired person's motivation to hear well is the single most important factor in determining the success of the hearing aid fitting. It is important to realize that one individual will not experience the exact same benefits from hearing aids as his or her neighbor. This individuality is a critical component, and the patient’s expectations should be based on the individual, the type and degree of hearing loss, the patient’s past experiences, and the improvements received from amplification. Additionally, the service after the purchase is as important as the device selected.

What is the best hearing aid?

There is not a single "best" hearing aid. Rather, there are many excellent hearing aid brands available, and many different types of circuitry are beneficial. An audiologist uses the patient’s history and evaluation results to make the best recommendation.

Expect a recommendation to purchase two hearing aids if both ears are hearing impaired and are "aidable." There are many benefits to binaural (two ear) hearing, including being better able to understand speech in noise and being better able to localize sound. The audiologist will explain the advantages of a binaural fitting versus a monaural fitting in more detail. It is important to understand that a patient with hearing loss in two ears who insists on wearing a hearing aid in only one ear, will still have significant hearing problems, even under the best of circumstances. Imagine wearing a single eye glass for a two-eye vision problem, such as being near-sighted or far-sighted. It simply will not work well for very long.

A free trial period will make sure an aid is the right one. Free follow-up appointments are part of the process with modifications done as needed for that custom fit. It will take some time for the brain to adjust to the new, more normal sensory input; be patient.

For more information about hearing aids, Dr. Michael Pickford or Gwinnett ENT, please call us at 678-312-7390.