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A hearing-aid check-up every couple of years is a good idea (only for those who wear hearing aids, of course)

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I wear hearing aids because I have some hearing loss and those with uncorrected hearing loss tend to suffer cognitive decline and social isolation (see this earlier post).

I replaced my first pair a couple of years ago, and the audiologist suggested (via email) that it would be a good idea to come in for a check-up. (No fee involved — although the hearing aids I got seemed expensive, the cost does cover extras. For example, I get free batteries, replacement ear domes (that cover the tiny hearig-aid speakers), cleaning sticks (removes wax guard over speaker with one end of stick, other end applies new wax guard). And I got the free check-up.

The check-up began with a new hearing test, and my sensitivity to high-frequency sounds had diminished somewhat, a natural effect of continued aging. (I’ve been trying to stop it, but not altogether successfully.) That was accommodated by reprogramming the hearing aids to add more boost to those particular frequencies.

But before doing that, the audiologist updated the firmware in the hearing aids. It seemed to be an extensive update — it took several minutes — but most of the changes were under the hood. One clear change was the start-up sound. When you insert the hearing aids and then turn them on, they let you know they’re on by making a little sound. My Oticon hearing aids played a brief melodic sequence of 5 notes. These hearing aids, by Resound, made a sound “ding-ding-ding-ding-ding-ding-ding-ding” (8 dings). After the update, the power-up sound is now a single “beep” in thead  mid-range — a marked improvement, IMO.

After the visit, I once again heard high frequencies clearly, which makes the little sounds of daily life crisp and definite. It’s like getting a new pair of hearing aids. I had mentioned to the audiologist that I liked the hearing aids, but I did get feedback when wearing headphones, but I could put up with it. So when she gave me ear domes, she gave me a new type of ear dome — the kind I had used had four small perforations, and the new ones are not perforated. That totally solved the feedback issue.

Altogether, I feel as though I now have new hearing aids for a total cost of CAD 0 (US$0).

Written by Leisureguy

9 March 2021 at 11:04 am

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