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What Do You Know About Programming & Reprogramming Of Hearing Aid?

Written and reviewed by
Dr. Yogesh Kakde 88% (10 ratings)
BASLP (Bachelor of Audiology Speech Language Pathology), DHLS Audiology
Audiologist, Pune  •  12 years experience
What Do You Know About Programming & Reprogramming Of Hearing Aid?

Hearing aids may be the solution to hearing loss. While they may not completely restore your hearing, they will improve it to a great extent. Many people are unwilling to use hearing aids because of the stigma and the fear of being shamed. But, with newer and smaller devices hitting the market, these fears can be put to rest. Not only are these hearing aids sleek and small but also equipped to meet your unique requirements.

But these devices are only effective if they have been programmed.

What is meant by Programming of Hearing Aids? 

The hearing aid is a digital device with lots of delicate and minute parts that correspond to a plethora of features. When you buy the hearing aid, it is deactivated. So it needs to be switched on, just like a stringed musical instrument. But this is something you cannot do on your own. So you need to take it to your audiologist.

Audiologists are trained to deal with hearing aids. Audiologists connect the hearing aid to a computer. You will have to plug in your ear aids and the audiologist will start tweaking and asking you questions on whether the device is amplifying sound. Based on feedback from you, the device will be programmed.

Can You Program Them on your own?

The new state-of-the-art devices hearing aids are very user-friendly and come with extensive manuals that guide you on how to program the device. This idea is actually very appealing to many people because it gives them greater control over their device and saves the trouble of visiting an audiologist.

What is Reprogramming of Hearing Aids?

Sometimes, people feel that the noise entering their ears when they wear their programmed devices is overwhelmingly loud. But, that may be because they are not accustomed to hearing sounds with clarity. Soon they acclimate to the new arrangement. But in certain cases, the loud noises refuse to subside. Moreover, the aid may also emit sounds. It is then, a reprogramming is required.

You will need to visit the audiologist again who will administer a few tests to rule out the possibility that there are new issues with your ear. Then the audiologist will change the settings to eradicate the problems you were complaining of.

Hearing aids when programmed will help ease you back to a normal lifestyle.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!
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