Does My Husband Need More Powerful Hearing Aids?
Before replacing your husbands hearing aids, it is important to have his hearing evaluated by an audiologist to verify if the hearing loss has remained stable or progressed. Likewise, it is important to confirm the hearing instruments are functioning as they did when they were new. Hearing instruments can break down, or become weaker, over time for multiple reasons. The two most significant reasons for hearing instrument breakdown are wax and moisture.
If progression of hearing loss is the reality and the devices are performing optimally, the appropriateness of the hearing aids may be in question. In some cases, todays advanced technology allows for hearing instruments to simply be re-programmed to accommodate the progression of hearing loss. If the change in hearing is significant enough, new hearing aids may be required. Some manufacturers provide several strengths of hearing aids, while others may offer only one. To increase the amount of gain, or volume, required from a hearing instrument, a change in style may be warranted. Typically, the larger the style of hearing instrument, the more gain, or volume, it can provide without feedback or beeping.
The next step for your husband to take is to schedule an appointment with his audiologist for an evaluation of both his hearing and current hearing aids. The data derived from this visit will quickly determine the status of his hearing and the appropriateness of his hearing aids.