I asked, how are you hearing? How does your wife feel you are hearing her? He smiled and said, I only hear half of what she says. This coming from a man that has been wearing hearing aids for many years and wondered if his, nearly 10 year old hearing aids, should be replaced. It’s a testament to quality of the Oticon devices and his diligence in regular office visits for cleanings, that has kept his current pair working and essentially not failing. He, and our office, are dedicated to ensuring they remain clean and last as long as they can.
I said, I do believe we can improve that percentage quite a bit. After we evaluated the hearing it was observed a decrease in hearing bilaterally. Based on the age of his hearing devices, over 10 years old, we are limited in many areas to improve upon based on the age as well as limitations to digital processing. We discussed the many advantages of higher frequency sound processing. We can now provide audibility to the entire frequency range. His former devices were limited in the clarity and sharpness of speech. The new technology not only can improve speech audibility and awareness, but also can reduce background noise beyond compare. Direct streaming, rechargeability, and quality of sound will be quite meaningful to his quality of life. We are meeting soon to chat more of solutions. Let’s do better than 50%….:)