Your hearing instruments were programmed using the latest version of software available when you first received them. During the lifespan of all products, however, the manufacturers continually develop ways of making them perform better. These improvements are sent to us via the Internet as upgrades of the programming software.
So, it’s important for you to visit our office regularly to get these updates. At each appointment, we will clean and check your units to make sure that they are working properly. Then, in a minute or two, we’ll input any software improvements into your instruments and assistive listening devices.
Changes to your lifestyle may require program modifications to improve your ability to hear in certain situations. For example, if you have begun to attend L.A. Philharmonic concerts, a program can be added to heighten your enjoyment of symphonic music.
I recently had the pleasure of reconnecting with long-time patient “George F.” During the visit, he expressed concern that his hearing had diminished and told me his hearing aids were “not that good anymore.”
When I examined his instruments, I found the earmold tubing had hardened and the microphone filters were plugged with debris. After cleaning the units and changing the tubing and mic filters, I placed the hearing aids in his ears, and he could not believe how much clearer my voice sounded.
George mentioned he had joined a singing group at his church, and I suggested that we add a music program to his hearing aids. After doing his software upgrade, George treated me to an entertaining rendition of “Old Man River” from the musical Showboat.
Had George come in for regular check-ups, he would have avoided the frustration he experienced. I recommend that you make an appointment to see me (or a local audiologist, if you reside outside of the greater los Angeles area) every six months. This will ensure that your hearing aids continue to function as designed and programmed.