The past few years have seen a revolution in the availability of quality hearing aids in DFW. Gone are the days of big, bulky, unsophisticated devices. Hearing aids today are small, sleek computerized machines that can cater to anybody’s specific hearing needs. Pat Curry owns a number of Miracle-Ear hearing centers, including some in the DFW area. He knows that even as hearing aids have advanced to a tremendous degree, there are still some patients who are wary of getting fitted for them.
Many potential wearers of hearing aids in DFW cite affordability as great concern of theirs, but Curry says there is any number of excuses that people who are hard of hearing can come up with for not getting hearing aids. Most problems often come down to the fact that wearing hearing aids is different than putting on a pair of glasses. In the latter instance, the effect is immediate; the person who is near-sighted can now see almost perfectly. But hearing aids don’t exactly work that way. You have to relearn how to hear with DFW hearing aids. It’s a process that takes a lot of commitment.
“The hearing aids will change their lives, but their brains have adjusted to their hearing loss,” Curry explains. “It’s not like glasses. You have to take the time and patience to adjust to the hearing aid. The patients who have the patience will come out way on top.”
Curry says that it helps when the patients sit through a hearing aid demo to help the see the potential benefits. Patients today have a great deal of latitude in choosing which kinds of hearing aids are best for them. There are some hearing aids in DFW that are so small they fit inside the patient’s hearing canal. These hearing aids are nearly invisible to the casual observer. Other patients choose an over-the-ear fit. Whatever the model, each set of hearing aids is customizable to each patient’s needs.
One new advancement in hearing aids is the availability of Buetooth technology in the devices. The technology allows the hearing aids to communicate wirelessly with any number of other devices. For example, Bluetooth technology can communicate with your cell phone, so you can hear the voice of your conversation partner directly through your hearing aid. It can also potentially connect to the microphone in your church’s pulpit, so you can hear your pastor’s sermon clearly.