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Using Someone Elses Hearing Aids

You should avoid using your fathers hearing aids (or anyone elses) for your mother for a number of reasons. Hearing loss can vary quite substantially from one person to another. While your father and mother may exhibit similar difficulties in everyday listening situations, she requires different settings in her hearing aids to obtain maximum benefit and avoid any possible damage to her hearing. Arranging an assessment with an audiologist will provide an indication of the hearing status of your mother and suggest which hearing aid settings and technologies are appropriate for her hearing loss. Further, this assessment will indicate whether there are any medical conditions that require further attention prior to obtaining hearing aids. Hearing aids are also typically custom-fit as ear canals vary substantially in shape and size from one person to another. This process is done not only to maximize comfort but also to ensure the hearing aids fit snugly enough such that hearing aid feedback (''whistling) becomes less likely. Your fathers hearing aids simply were not designed to fit the shape of your mothers ear canals. To address your mothers hearing difficulties, you should schedule an assessment with an audiologist who will be able to provide the most suitable hearing aids to meet her unique requirements.

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