Hearing aids are a great tool for people with hearing loss. Approximately 28.8 million U.S. adults could benefit from the use of hearing aids. However, each one of these people requires different hearing aid programming.
What is Hearing Aid Programming?
Hearing aid programming adjusts your hearing aid’s settings to amplify sounds, locate directionality, minimize background noise and more. Because all hearing loss is unique, having an individually programmed hearing aid is the best way to treat your hearing loss.
Hearing aid programming can change based on the type of hearing loss you have. For instance, people with conductive hearing loss need less sound amplification than those with sensorineural hearing loss.
Your audiologist will determine your hearing loss type and which devices will best suit your needs.
What Are Your Options?
Programming falls into two categories: manual and automatic. Manual programming is set by a hearing aid professional. Automatic programming is controlled by the wearer via an app or remote control.
Whichever programming method you choose, it’s always recommended to adjust initial settings with the help of a professional. Though you may become comfortable choosing settings over time, working with a professional at first will help you know what to change and when.
Different devices have different settings. Some devices come with adjustable settings based on your environment. For instance, reading at Hampton Park requires different settings than attending a concert. Check with your audiologist before purchasing hearing aids to discuss your options and preferences.
Why Would You Change Your Programming?
There are a handful of times when you might adjust the settings on your hearing aid, including:
- You are experiencing pain or discomfort.
- You hear whistling sounds.
- You have new or worsening hearing loss.
- Your volume changes frequently
- You need to optimize your settings for different environments.
If you are unsure about self-programming your hearing aids, make an appointment with your hearing specialist to have them professionally adjusted.
Call North Shore Audio-Vestibular Lab today to schedule an appointment to discuss hearing aid options and treatment.