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t's a fact of life that over the years, and for many reasons, our hearing can diminish. Medications, genetics and repeated exposure to lour noise can all impact our hearing so that even people speaking clearly can sound like they are mumbling. Because there are many reasons for hearing loss, each person's experience is individual. To understand how your hearing health is impacting you we:
- Review your hearing health history.
- Check noise exposure and general health.
- Ask you about the communication situations that you'd like to improve. For example, some want to hear better in individual or group conversations while others may need improved hearing in meetings or at home watching television.
- Conduct a professional hearing test.
Once these steps are completed we will understand your individual hearing loss and can recommend a solution that fits your lifestyle, needs and budget.
Benefits Of Bluetooth Hearing Aids
Bluetooth connectivity does not make your hearing aid perform better. If your goal is simply to have functioning hearing devices, Bluetooth isn’t going to influence that.
Wearing hearing aids for the first time requires some time to adapt: audio sounds a little different, and electronic devices can be more difficult to use. Bluetooth enables you to connect the hearing aid with almost any electronic device and make their use easier for you.
You can stream any data directly into your hearing aid. Here are the main advantages:
- Watching TV: people with hearing loss often understand the TV better with headphones. By streaming the TV directly in your hearing aids, you eliminate any reverberation that may occur between the TV speakers and your ears. You can adjust the hearing aid volume instead of raising the TV volume. Turning up the TV volume reduces sound quality and bothers other family members.
- Phone conversations: being on the phone while wearing hearing aids might be difficult: it isn’t always comfortable as you need to hold the speaker near the hearing aid’s microphone. If you are wearing a RIC device, that means slightly above your ears. With some hearing aids, you might also hear a whisBook Nowtling sound if your phone is misplaced next to them.
- Listening to music: Same as for TV, you can listen to your music directly in your hearing aids, without wearing uncomfortable headphones!
Streaming sounds from devices in your hearing aids will cancel background noises and allow you to fully enjoy the sounds that you really want to hear!
For example, you could listen to your grandchild over the phone clearly without any whistling sound and without the nuisance of background noise. You could also walk in the park while talking on the phone, not worrying about extraneous environmental sounds. You could even talk on the phone at your local coffee shop without being bothered by background chatter. The possibilities are endless with Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids.
Hearing aids are programmed to meet your specific auditory needs. The Hearing Specialist sets your hearing aid settings by calibrating the frequencies, volume, and gain levels necessary for answering phone calls through your hearing aids with Bluetooth. This ensures a high-quality call experience.
Once you get home with your new hearing aids, you can continue to exercise maximum control over the settings through your phone or streamer. With Bluetooth hearing aids compatible with iPhones and Androids, you control the volume and other settings from the manufacturers' apps. If the hearing aid has a wireless connection to a streamer, you can adjust settings using the streamer. Otherwise, you would have to fiddle with the tiny volume button on your hearing aids.
Degrees of Hearing Loss
The degree of hearing loss also varies with each individual. At Total Vision and Hearing a specialist may discuss the following categories of hearing loss with you as a general guideline:
- Mild hearing loss: soft sounds are difficult to hear. Understanding speech is difficult in a loud environment.
- Moderate hearing loss: soft and moderately loud sounds are difficult to hear. Understanding speech becomes very difficult if background noise is present.
- Severe hearing loss: conversations have to be conducted loudly. Group conversations are possible wit a lot of effort.
- Profound hearing loss: some very loud sounds are heard. Without hearing aids, communication is no longer possible, even with intense effort.