If you wear hearing aids, you probably know that from time to time, they need to be programmed. Whether you are getting the right fit on new hearing aids or need to adjust the programming after some use, you might want to simply do it yourself.
Although a hearing aid professional should always be the individual to program your hearing aids to ensure a good experience, you can get troubleshooting tips for when you don’t have professional help. Here are some things you should know about programming your own hearing aids.
Can I program my own hearing aid?
As noted above, hearing aid professionals must program your hearing aids for you. They are trained and experienced in programming hearing aids. However, in the future, there may be situations in which you can program your own hearing aid, but that is not the case right now.
Things that are considered when programming your hearing aid
First things first – you choose your hearing aid(s).
Here are a few features that are considered when certain hearing aids are considered:
- Multiple frequency channels so you can adjust each frequency independently of the others
- A low delay processor, which reduces the echo perceived from a time delay between air conducted sound and amplified sound
- An adaptive directional microphone that automatically becomes directional in noisy situations so you don’t need to change programs. This can be very important for improving the quality of speech in noisy environments.
- An open fit that offers comfort (Open-fit hearing aids do not require custom ear molds.)
- A good feedback canceller, which allows greater amplification without whistling and is essential in open fit devices
If you need help choosing a hearing aid, talk to your hearing aid professional. They will be happy to assist you.
Adjust your hearing aids at home. You probably spend the majority of your time inside your home, so this is the ideal place to adjust your hearing aids. Using your hearing aids as much as possible, even alone in your home, ensures that everyday sounds are exactly the way you want. Try listening to the radio or TV while you wear your hearing aids to make sure everything is adjusted properly. Don’t be surprised if some household noises, like the sound of the fridge, sound louder. Listen to real sounds, like your own voice and someone else’s, while programming.
Make sure you utilize your hearing aid manufacturer’s app! There are tons of tips and tools you can find on the app that is connected to your hearing aid. Use the tools you have to ensure you are getting the most out of your hearing aid(s).
To learn more about hearing aid programming, we invite you to contact our office today.