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Most Important Tips for Hearing Aid Users | 2018 Audiology Conference Update

As a fellow in the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), it is always a pleasure to attend the largest gathering of audiologists in the country at the AAA annual convention.  As a cowboy at heart, I was particularly excited that this year’s convention was held in Nashville, TN.

This conference did not disappoint, as it showcased all of the most important topics from diagnostics to counseling.

I would like to share a few ideas that I am excited to bring back to our clinics in Southern Utah and Nevada.

I learned about eight important tips to help all hearing aid users adjust and adapt to their new devices.  I also enjoyed learning more about all of the new products that are available to improve better speech understanding in various listening environments.

Additionally, I learned more about migraine dizziness.

You will have to come into our clinic to get the “grand ole” summary of all eight important tips to help hearing aid users, but here are a few:

  1. How the hearing aid feels in your ear, at first, may be a little awkward. Don’t get discouraged. Most people just need a couple of months to get used to the feeling.
  2. Getting used to the new sound is a process. It took you a long time to lose your hearing, so it will take some time to get it back as well.  You will need about eight weeks to adjust to the sound.
  3. Leave the volume alone. Adjusting the volume too much is not the answer. You may need to start with wearing the hearing aids for about four hours per day and eventually build it up to 10 hours per day over a month’s time.

A New Type of Device

There is a new category of hearing devices called hearing systems. These received a lot of attention and with good reason.

Over the past several months, we have been researching and observing how remarkable these new little water-resistant devices perform, and we are very impressed with the latest technologies, as they are precise and very effective.

Of all the different health conditions that can cause dizziness or vertigo, vestibular migraine accounts for nearly 12 percent.  It turns out, there is a very significant relationship between visual aura and spots and dizziness related to migraine.  Foods, stress, weather changes, lighting, and even allergies are all linked to migraine-related dizziness.

Overall, I was very pleased to represent our region and The Hearing and Balance Doctors at this year’s convention.

Above all, I had confirmed that you can’t cling to the past if you want to create the future. Change is hard, it always has been, but it’s worth it.

If you are struggling to hear or have dizziness or vertigo, please call us today at (435) 688-8991 to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors of audiology.

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Dr. Richard Luekenga

Dr. Luekenga opened Hearing & Balance Doctors of Utah in 2005. Since that time he has been dedicated to creating state-of-the-art facilities filled with the latest technology along with the most qualified and caring hearing healthcare team. He received his Doctor of Audiology from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. His doctorate is supported by his B.A. at Utah State University, clinical fellowship at Bountiful Hearing Center and further clinical experience at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, IHC Hearing and Balance Center, The Kosair Children’s Hospital, Heuser Hearing Institute (Deaf Oral School), and Avada Hearing and Balance Center, to name a few. With this long list of experience, it is clear that Dr. Luekenga is very passionate about good hearing and is well-versed in the advances of hearing aid technology. He is equally as passionate about helping patients that feel off-balance, dizzy, lightheaded, or unsteady, and understands the need these patients have to get back on their feet! Additionally, he provides counseling and therapy for patients who experience tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in their ears).

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