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How Do You Know if You Should See a HIS?

When Should You See a Hearing Instrument Specialist?

Knowing when to see a hearing instrument specialist (HIS) is important. HISs can help with a range of hearing and hearing-related issues. They are there to support you during many aspects of your hearing loss journey. However, you may not know when you should see one. 

In this post, we take a look at some specific situations in which going to a HIS may help you. Please note, however, that list is by no means exhaustive. There are many other functions that a HIS possesses that we will further discuss. 

You Need New Hearing Aids

Perhaps the biggest sign that you need to visit a HIS is that you need new hearing aids. Choosing the right devices for you is a multi-step process and often requires the help of a professional. 

Hearing instrument specialists assist you in your decision-making in multiple ways. First, they can characterize the type of hearing loss you have and use it to input the correct settings on your hearing devices. They can also guide you through the hearing aid selection process, showing you some of the features and benefits you can expect to obtain from each device. Ultimately, they help you find the best solution for you and your type of hearing loss. 

Something Went Wrong with Your Hearing Aids

Patients also go and visit hearing instrument specialists when something goes wrong with their hearing aids. This can either be because the settings are incorrect or there is a malfunction with the device itself. 

A HIS can provide guidance on what to do next. They may help by either recalibrating your device, suggesting possible repairs, or recommending that you get new hearing aids. A HIS can carry out extensive repairs and advise how to keep your hearing aids functioning correctly long-term. They can also talk to you about batteries. 

You Notice Signs of Hearing Loss

There are some common signs of hearing loss that suggest that you should go and visit a HIS. These include: 

  • Difficulty hearing women’s and children’s voices
  • Trouble listening to a conversation in a noisy environment
  • Having to put the volume up on the television or radio
  • Saying “what?” and “pardon” in conversations more regularly
  • Failing to hear certain sounds, such as the doorbell ringing
  • Feeling tired after a conversation because you had to concentrate so hard
  • No longer being able to hear birdsong

If you have any of these issues, visiting a HIS allows you to validate your concerns. In addition, they will tell you if you have hearing loss or not and what your next steps should be. 

You Can’t Use Your Hearing Aids Correctly

Lastly, patients visit HIS if they are having trouble using their hearing aids correctly. You may, for instance, be struggling to adjust the volume or insert them into your ears. HISs can provide help, advice and information to enable you to get the most out of your devices.