This question is asked often after the hearing results are reviewed. That is after, an often lengthy and important discussion of the reasons for a persons hearing loss, the causes, and the effects on communication. Also, a discussion is necessary, involving the various ways to consider when improving this loss, whether it be via medical, surgical, or amplification with hearing devices/aids means. There often is a “simple way” to improve the hearing but the responsibility to convey the solutions is the Audiologists.
I took a quick look, at the shirt I wore this morning to work, and observed many worn and torn areas around the cuffs. I immediately thought, oh man, this is my favorite shirt. How can it wear out so fast? A quick question came to mind, “I wonder if it can be repaired?”. After taking in the moment, I can only imagine what a seamstress would say, “listen, it would be best for you to go out and purchase a replacement.” Of course, why didn’t I think of that first? I suppose it was because of the fact that it was my favorite.
How many times do patients have an emotional connection with their hearing aids? This is quite common, with those that rely heavily and wear their hearing devices consistently. This should be common among all people with hearing loss. They may often have them repaired, well beyond the logical or rational age length and period in paying for repairs. It is often, a much wiser solution, to consider new hearing devices with current digital processing. They offer a much better chance of successful communication goals to be met. I am now clear on the best direction for my shirt….Get a new one. 🙂 We remain committed to helping each and every patient to make the decision, that is best for their needs hearing, balance, and/or tinnitus needs.