The diagnosis of hearing loss can be an emotional experience. If your tests indicate that you can benefit from hearing aids, we understand it can be a little overwhelming. What kinds are there? Which ones do you need? How does this change your lifestyle? What if you don’t like them? You’ll likely have a lot of questions. That’s okay— our Doctors of Audiology can make sure you’re comfortable and are able to make the best, most informed decision for you. Along with answering your questions, we can make sure we identify the hearing technology that fits you best.
At NYHD, we know that pursuing hearing aids can be a big step. It can mean accepting that you have hearing loss. It can mean a few extra steps in your daily routine. It can mean learning some new technology. Whatever your concerns, our Doctors of Audiology can make sure you have everything you need to begin hearing clearly again and enjoying all the sounds that life has to offer.
Although you’ve probably experienced the trope of a grandparent with an archaic hearing aid that whistles and doesn’t work, modern-day hearing aids are extremely advanced. Not only do they transmit sound more efficiently than ever, but they can come with a few technological perks like Bluetooth, directional technology, background noise reduction, and multiple processing channels. Virtually all hearing aids on the market today work using digital technology, meaning the sounds are picked up by a microphone and are converted from analog to digital, processed, enhanced, and converted back before being delivered to the ear canal.
Although this can seem complicated and high-tech, we offer a wide selection of hearing aids that can be matched to your preference for ease and simplicity. Most hearing loss patients opt for RIC hearing aids, or receiver in the canal. This means that the speaker rests within the ear canal and is connected to the hardware that rests behind the ear with a thin wire. This type of hearing aid offers the best compromise between accessibility and concealment for many patients.
Still, there are many different types and styles, so it can be helpful to think about the factors that are most important to you when considering your options. For example, if you have trouble manipulating small things, we can find a hearing aid that makes it easy for you to adjust them. Or, if you want them to be as discreet as possible, we can find a type that is easily concealable.
Why are high frequency sounds typically the first to go in hearing loss?
High-frequency hearing loss is a condition where people have difficulty hearing sounds between the 2,000 to 8,000 Hertz range. This means that certain high-frequency verbal sounds like ‘s’, ‘h’, or ‘f’, (the consonants) are more…
Even after you’ve chosen the best hearing aid technology for you and your needs, there’s still the important process of fitting, adjusting, and caring for your new hearing aids. This makes sure that your hearing aids are comfortable, effective, and long-lasting. Our Doctors of Audiology can also make sure that your hearing aids are programmed properly and you know how to take care of them.
The most important thing to remember is that hearing aid technology is just a component of your ultimate success. It’s not only about the physical devices that rest in your ears. It’s only at the hands of a caring Doctor of Audiology that you receive the appropriate level of expertise and attention required to achieve your hearing health goals.
The fitting of all hearing aids includes an adjustment period. During this period, you’ll be guided through a series of appointments to ensure your hearing aids fit appropriately. These appointments include: a follow-up with your Doctor of Audiology to review personal, real-world experiences with your hearing aid technology; adjustments, measurements of function with your devices in place, and a series of speech tests to verify the function of your new hearing aids.
During an appointment with our Doctors of Audiology, we spend significant time ensuring all of our patients are treated at the highest standard of care possible. We believe that all patients deserve the best that we can offer— without compromise. If you need to speak with us about your hearing aids, we can recommend the right steps for your lifestyle and your budget. In short, we’re here to make sure you’re fit with hearing aids that are right for your needs with the professional care you want.
Hearing aids can be an adjustment, but it’s not one that you need to make alone. At NYHD, we’re experts at helping you regain the sounds that life has to offer with the right hearing aid for you. If you want to begin exploring your options, we can perform a hearing assessment so we can begin planning the right treatment. To schedule an appointment, contact our New York City office by calling 212-774-1971 or filling out our online form.