Hearing Aid Process

Case History Evaluation

At the time of the hearing evaluation, a case history will be taken to determine the type of hearing problem that the individual perceives and how his/her family perceives the hearing problem. Questions will also be asked about the onset of the hearing loss, presence of tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and dizziness. Based on the results of the hearing test and the answers to these questions, our highly trained staff may make a referral to a medical doctor for an examination and possible treatment. If the testing reveals a sensory-neural hearing loss, a hearing aid may be recommended for one or both ears.

Hearing Aid Evaluation

There are literally thousands of hearing aids from which to choose. Our highly trained staff will use the information that was provided in the case history and in the audiological evaluation to help narrow those choices for you. The final decision on which hearing aid is purchased is the choice of the wearer. The main types of hearing aids available today are conventional or Analog and Digital.

Conventional Analog Hearing Aids

These hearing aids are basically amplifiers that feature manual volume controls and manual fine-tuning. These hearing aids are primarily beneficial for listening in easy, relatively quiet situations, such as one-on-one conversation and listening to the television. All of the sounds are typically amplified in exactly the same way. This technology provides limited flexibility in meeting individual needs.

Digital Hearing Aid Technology

Digital technology accounts for most of the hearing aids sold today. In fact, the basic digital hearing aid costs about the same as the conventional analog hearing aid. The digital hearing aid contains a computer chip that amplifies sounds digitally. The quality of the sound produced by the computer chip is excellent. Digital hearing aids are flexible and can be re-programmed by our highly trained staff by using a computer that is equipped with special software as well as hardware that allows the hearing aid and computer to be connected. Digital hearing aids can act on soft sounds in one way and on loud sounds in a completely different fashion. Digital hearing aids also have a variety of bands or equalizers. Depending on the level of the digital technology there may be as few as two bands or as many as twenty + bands. The more advanced the digital chip the more bands that it will possess. Some digital hearing aids have the capability to reduce some environmental noises such as motors running or dishes clanging.

Hearing Aid Fitting

During the hearing aid fitting, the device is programmed to meet the needs of the wearer. The new wearer is provided with instructions regarding how to put the hearing aid in the ear and remove it, how to change batteries and how to care for and clean the device. This is also the time that the audiologist reiterates the function of the hearing aid as it relates to the individual's life style.

Remember, attitude is the key to the hearing aid user's success. A hearing aid is exactly what it says - it is an "aid" to help you hear better.

Ensuring Hearing Aid Satisfaction

Recognize your hearing loss is making communication difficult. Know that help is available. Hearing aid studies have shown that people who have a positive attitude do better with hearing aids. Identify communication settings that are difficult for you. Relate those settings to your audiologist. If your audiologist understands your communication needs, they can better address your problems in choosing the best hearing aid for you, programming the hearing aid and helping you to develop strategies to manage your difficult situations. Work with your audiologist to find the best hearing aids for your hearing loss, your lifestyle and your communication needs. Your neighbor or friend's choice in hearing aids may not be your best choice. No two people are alike.

Be realistic. Hearing loss typically develops over many years. Becoming re-acquainted with sounds while using hearing aids will take practice and time. It is important not to become disillusioned or frustrated while your brain adjusts to the sounds provided by your hearing aids. Be patient with yourself and your new hearing aids. Your audiologist is your advocate. Continue to ask questions to maximize the use of your hearing aids.

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My Hearing Care Pro was very courteous and professional. I am hearing things today that I haven't heard in a very long time! I appreciate that they always work me in on the schedule when I needhelp too. Great customer service, professional care and effective products will keep me coming back!

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