Hearing aids are referred to as hearing aids to cope with the enormous power of these miniature computers. But even the most sophisticated technology does not help if it is not adjusted exactly to the individual hearing problem of a person. Many medical, technical and psychological skills are needed to make these high-tech devices a real quality of life. And also the human must be ready to get involved in the technology.
The following points are intended to help you understand what is important
- Please note that a high-quality supply of hearing aids always requires a partnership between the ENT specialist and the hearing care professional. Both professions are based on several years of qualified and specialized training.'
- The ENT specialist diagnoses the type, degree and location of the hearing loss. He advises on the therapeutic options. If hearing aids are required, the doctor will issue the hearing care system prescription. This gives you the right to visit a hearing care professional of your choice.
- Your hearing care professional will explain the history of hearing loss in a detailed interview and clarify which listening situations are of particular importance to you. He determines the characteristics of the hearing and determines a sound and speech audiogram.
- Your hearing care professional will make a selection of several of the hearing systems that you are interested in from the wide range of market offerings (currently around 1700 hearing aids in the medical aids catalog). These are set to your audiometric data so that you can compare the sound and performance capabilities of the hearing instruments (comparative fitting). The acoustic and cosmetic benefits of behind-the-ear and in-ear devices are explained to you as well as the technological features and capabilities of different systems. Your hearing care professional will in any case also present you with own contribution-free care and will advise you about the cost transfer possibilities of your health insurance company.
- The hearing aid acoustician takes an impression of each ear canal to make the earmolds (earmolds) or shells for in-ear devices. With the perfect fit of the earmold the quality of the sound transmission and wearing comfort stands and falls.
- In the comparative adaptation, the transmission behavior of the various devices is tested with state-of-the-art multimedia systems in the ear. Exact examination and adjustment of the hearing systems is only possible in the wearing situation since the individual curvature, width, length and tissue quality of the auditory canal considerably influence the transmission properties. When comparing your subjective impression plays a role.
- Your hearing care professional will spend a great deal of time and attention in adapting and gradually adjusting the devices to your individual hearing habits during the acclimatization period (sliding adjustment). This is especially important in case of prolonged hearing loss so as not to disturb you with the newly gained hearing impressions overwhelm. Often a hearing training is required.
- Your hearing care professional will give you an in-depth introduction to the handling, operation and care of your hearing instruments.
- After the adjustment, have the ENT specialist check the improvement of your understanding of the hearing instrument language.
- For the approximately five to seven years of wearing the devices, you are entitled to comprehensive follow-up care by your hearing care professional. This includes services such as cleaning earmolds, changing the battery and sonic tubes, reworking and renewing the earmold, readjusting the devices, and consulting in listening tactics and auditory training. Most services are compensated with the price of hearing aids. In addition, your hearing care professional will be happy to answer any questions you may have concerning hearing (noise protection, technical accessories, information material, tinnitus advice, etc.).
You should refrain from any of these points. Only if all areas are met, a good fit is guaranteed. Source: Fördergemeinschaft Gutes Hören