The Better Hearing Institute found that 95% of individuals with hearing loss can be helped with today’s digital hearing aids. Hearing instrument technology has improved dramatically in recent years. I can now improve communication ability for most types and severities of hearing loss; even if you have been told in the past that nothing can be done. Technology incorporates automatic listening programs that analyze the sound environment detecting if you are in quiet, light noise, loud noise or listening to music. The processor automatically adjusts to maximize both communication and comfort. Today’s instruments incorporate technology specifically designed to manage and provide relief for tinnitus (ringing in the ears).
I choose to use only the major hearing instrument manufacturers. It’s my responsibility to assure the sound quality is clear and comfortable going into the ear canal then through the auditory pathway to the brain for processing. If the sound quality is inferior coming out of the hearing instrument it will not be clear and comfortable for sound processing.
The first step for a successful hearing aid fitting is a hearing aid consultation. You will be given an opportunity to sample the technology at your appointment. We will discuss your individual communication needs. Do you have an active lifestyle where you frequently go to dinner in busy restaurants, are active in meetings and social events, lead a busy life inside and outdoors or do you have a less active lifestyle where you are usually in quiet environments, attend an occasional small meeting and primarily socialize in smaller groups. I learn in detail the areas in your life you wish to hear better and match the technology to fill those needs. For example, if you need to her better on the phone or have difficulty hearing the TV, today’s technology can wirelessly stream conversation from the phone or T.V directly to your hearing instruments. Hearing instrument technology, style and price will be matched to your specific needs.
During the hearing aid fitting the instruments will be prescriptive fit for your unique hearing loss using a sophisticated computer program. You will be given tips on adjusting to your new instruments, learn about the different parts of the aid, how to care for them and practice inserting and removing them. By the end of the hearing aid fitting you will know everything you need to become a successful hearing aid user.
After your fitting you can expect approximately 2-3 follow-up checks. These visits are used to make sure you are comfortable. It’s an opportunity to fine-tune your programming and have your questions answered. Some people need more than 2-3 visits and some do not. It depends
on your individual needs. All of the follow-up visits are include in the purchase of your instruments.
Once you are independent and comfortably using your instruments, I encourage you to make an appointment to check your instruments at least every 6 months. People who need more support will require more frequent checks to make sure their instruments are providing them with maximum communication benefit every day.
The more details you provide about your hearing experience the better! Today’s technology is extremely sophisticated and by sharing your listening experience it allows me the opportunity to take advantage of the powerful programming flexibility to meet your needs.