How many hours a day are you wearing your hearing aids? Have you been wearing them in restaurants, church, and noisy areas? Are you using the various listening programs for noisy areas, with the TV, as well as Bluetooth streaming? How about volume adjustments….?
In years past, it was rather difficult to see the details and answers to these questions. Where the hearing aids were being worn, in noisy environments, quiet areas, noisy areas with and without speech was difficult to determine without asking the patient. And even those of us with a great memory to detail can miss many things important to a successful hearing aid outcome. We were unable to see how much the volume controls were used, how much each listening program was utilized, etc. I would not want to reduce the importance of a great face-to-face conversation with each patient, as that is what I look forward to each and every day!
With current advances in digital hearing aid technology, we can see the answers in bar graphs, pie charts, and a multitude of other ways! This information becomes a great teaching and learning tool. Once a patient arrives for a check-up visit, we can easily connect wirelessly to their digital hearing devices and download data of use, environments, volume and memory button control use, and check Bluetooth streaming. With smart phone use, we can allow the patient to control these areas themselves through an app we help download. The time is “now” to understand and discern each and every patient success in using their digital hearing devices. We become an even better partner with people in helping their quality of life.