At Vineyard Audiology, we consider ourselves to be your partner on your hearing journey. We work with you to make sure you understand your hearing loss and your options for treatment. It's important to us that you have all the information you need to make a decision. You should always feel empowered and confident about your hearing treatment.
We are also very enthusiastic about educating our patients and their families about what to expect from hearing aids and how they can communicate better around hearing loss. While you can't cure hearing loss, you can learn to work around it and have better results in your day-to-day life.
What's the best solution for my hearing loss?
That depends on what kind of hearing loss you have. If you have conductive hearing loss, that means something is blocking sound from your ears, and either we'll treat it ourselves (if it's earwax that we can remove for you) or we'll refer you to a physician for medical care.
If you have sensorineural hearing loss, hearing aids can help not only by amplifying the sound but also by processing what you hear to make it easier for your brain to understand it.
Won't hearing aids make me look old?
We treat patients of all ages with hearing loss because it's not just something that happens when you get older. However, if you have developed hearing loss as a symptom of aging, you'll seem and feel younger if you get your hearing loss treated. Most people probably won't even see that you're wearing hearing aids. They'll just notice that you can hear them and understand them without having to ask them to repeat themselves.
Other than hearing aids, what can I do to help myself hear better?
We will counsel you on small changes you can make that will put you in a better position to hear and understand what people say to you. Communication counseling is a big part of what we offer to help our patients out. There's no one-size-fits-all solution to hearing better, but we can work with you to find strategies that will be effective for you.
Be aware of your listening environment. It's important to think about room acoustics and what's going on around you. Is there background noise? Are there high ceilings? If you're in a restaurant, are you seated somewhere where there will be a lot of reverberation adding to the noise level? Be active in choosing where to sit and what you do.
Position yourself to succeed with conversations. If you're talking with someone, make sure you can see their face. Understanding what people say will always be harder if you're not in the same room or even on the same floor as they are. Ask the people you talk with to help you accommodate your hearing loss.
How can I take better care of my hearing aids?
This is a great question because regular maintenance of your hearing aids can make them work better for longer. One of our biggest concerns here on the island is humidity, which can be really hard on your hearing aids. We have to manage it as best we can. Often we recommend desiccants or Dri Aid kits, which we can help provide. When you take your hearing aids out overnight, don't store them in the bathroom, which is even more humid than everywhere else. If your hearing aids are rechargeable, don't forget to stick them in the charger! Try to wipe down your hearing aids every day when you take them out, and clean out the wax on a regular basis. We're also happy to help with routine cleaning once a month or so if you don't feel comfortable doing it yourself.
Hearing loss doesn't just affect one person. It can affect an entire family! We're glad you want to help and be supportive of the person you love. If you're part of your loved one's hearing team, everybody will have a better experience and better results.