Use of Hearing Aids

Dr. Mark Hansen, MS, Au.D. Audiologist, discusses the wide variety,style and technology level of different types of hearing aids.

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Dr. Mark Hansen, MS, Au.D. Audiologist, discusses the wide variety,style and technology level of different types of hearing aids.
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Featuring Dr. Mark Hansen, MS, Au.D., Audiologist

Duration: 1 minutes, 51 seconds

If you feel that you’re having hearing difficulties, such as missing parts of words or even parts of sentences, especially in the presence of noise, you likely have hearing loss.  

The first step is getting an assessment by a registered audiologist. There are lots of different treatment options available in terms of hearing aids.

Hearing aids vary widely in style and technology level; so it really is very important that you have an open – an honest discussion with your audiologist about your expectations and your lifestyle, where you are now and where you want to be hear – where you want to be when you’re hearing better.

Generally, as severity of hearing loss increases, the larger the hearing instrument is required. And that’s because more power is able to be produced by a larger hearing instrument versus a small instrument. For a mild hearing loss, a very small an instrument as possible.  

There are different styles of hearing instruments available ranging from behind the ear style instruments down to the very small, invisible in the canal hearing instruments.

We often see people entering the clinic with a request that they have an invisible hearing aid or one that’s not able to be seen. Sometimes that can be accommodated and sometimes it can’t. It really is dependent on severity and configuration of the hearing loss.

Hearing instruments should be prescribed and fit by a registered audiologist after having an open discussion about your lifestyle, your budget, technology, size, and any other features that you may want the hearing aid to include such as working with wireless devices. An audiologist is a professional that should be fitting and prescribing the hearing instrument.

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Presenter: Dr. Mark Hansen, Audiologist, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Audiologist

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.