Question: What does it take to make a hearing aid successful?
Answer: We often educate our patients with a guidebook at their initial visit to address this very concern. We call this our 3-legged stool for supporting communication.
The first key: A Doctor of Audiology who can determine the programming strategy for your hearing aids that will target specific areas difficult for your hearing and then measure the benefit received to ensure optimal benefit.
The second key: Your selected hearing aid ...
Question: Why do my new hearing aids cause my ear canals to itch?
Answer: If itchiness in the ear canal persists for more than a few days, you may need to change the size of the silicone domes that are attached to the hearing aids that sit within the canal. However, if your earpiece is a custom hard acrylic shell, you may consider having this remade in a hypoallergenic material. For practical everyday precaution, it is wise to use antibacterial wipes made ...