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Hearing Aids Connect with Telehealth
Fine-tuning with a telehealth visit saves a trip to the clinic
If you use hearing aids, you know they need to be adjusted as your needs change. Fine-tuning your hearing aid can often be done with an app on a cellphone or smart device. Telehealth is an option for many of your appointments, including some for your hearing. Talk to your health care team and audiologist about how VA Video Connect can help you manage your hearing aid from home.
Get help with hearing aids
Many people need hearing aids as they get older. With VA Video Connect, health care providers give real-time hearing feedback. Hearing aid settings can be checked and adjusted remotely, considering your environment’s regular noise level and how often you wear the aids.
Fixing your devices
Medical equipment can break, and you might need other accessories. Your health care provider can help you figure out what’s wrong. If you need help with your aids, you could use virtual visits to get help such as:
A demonstration about using hearing aids
Help with devices and accessory needs, like chargers or connectivity issues
Learning how to clean your hearing aid or replace parts like a wax guard
When to go to the clinic
For hearing tests and diagnostics, you’ll need to go to the medical center or a community-based outpatient clinic for testing. If you need a hearing test, make an appointment with your provider as soon as you can.
“We are seeing Veteran patients become more tech savvy, using phones for VA Video Connect, and remotely connecting to their hearing aids through virtual tools,” says Dr. Julie Brumbaugh, chief of Audiology and Speech Pathology Services at the Columbus VA.
If you’d like to try VA Video Connect for your next hearing visit, you can ask your health care team through a Secure Message.
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