It is of critical importance that your registered audiologist has as a close and authoritative link with the source suppliers of your hearing aid. The same source supplier usually keeps an up to date inventory of hearing aid supplies in the event that it will be in need of repairs or a service. So far, the challenge for many hearing impaired men, women and children has been that there has not been a suitable manufacturer and/or repair and maintenance technician in their countries of origin.
This could also have a bearing on what it may cost them when folks located in non-Western countries need to take into account foreign rates of exchange. But fortunately, in most cases, they should have a registered audiologist located fairly close to them. The registered audiologist should already have business arrangements in place with foreign hearing aid specialists. But in order to eliminate cost overruns and unnecessary purchases, both audiologist and patient first need to determine the extent of the hearing disorder or loss of hearing.
Generally speaking, brand new hearing aids, equipped with the latest technologies and usually custom made, are quite expensive. And while secondhand or pre-used hearing aids are available for budget constrained patients, you still wonder whether this is a good idea. Nevertheless, let’s run through some possible signs that you might be eligible for a hearing aid fitting. And note too that it is only an audiologist who should be determining whether or not you need a hearing aid.
You are watching TV late at night. Unaware that you’ve turned the volume too high, you’ll be receiving a complaint or two from your next door neighbors. In your everyday activities, whether at work or shopping in the mall, you seem to have difficulty in communicating properly with a single person or a group of people. They can hear every word you’re saying but you can’t seem to hear what they’re saying.
The surrounding noise is just too distracting to allow you to keep focus. And you might think you can hear the next person you’re talking to. But not necessarily pretending that you are (this is a subconscious reaction that you’re not entirely aware of) you haven’t a clue what that person is talking about. Apart from the confusion, this kind of behavior could lead to unfortunate misunderstandings.
Subconscious or not, you might want to carry pen and paper with you to monitor how often this happens to you. If you’re a particularly polite person, you’ll end up saying; excuse me, or pardon, every few minutes or so. And if you’re used to being rude or brash, you might be prone to one too many ‘what’s). And to the next person, that’s really annoying. Finally, you might not necessarily be suffering from a hearing loss but you may have started experiencing a distinct ringing in your ears.
This could be what is known as tinnitus, but it’s a condition that your audiologist first needs to confirm.Read More