Ninety percent of hearing loss is not medically correctable. Should hearing loss be diagnosed, hearing aids are often the beginning of the rehabilitation process.
During the hearing aid evaluation, we work with each patient to assess their communication needs so that we can make appropriate recommendations based on the hearing loss and lifestyle of each patient.
We spend ample time educating our patients about their hearing loss and hearing aids, and also on appropriate expectations. Including family members or significant others in this discussion is highly recommended. It will allow your communications partners to understand better the hearing difficulties you are encountering and the rehabilitative options that are available to you.
We are committed to offering professional service with personalized care. We offer patients a variety of hearing aid choices, including both daily wear and extended wear hearing aids, from leading manufacturers in the hearing aid industry.
We work only with those manufacturers that can provide high-quality instruments, the latest technology, and dependable service. So that we can better help our patients, we are continually attending classes and hearing aid seminars to stay abreast of the latest advancements in technology.
Frequently Asked Questions about Hearing Aid Consultations
How long does a hearing aid consultation typically take?
A hearing aid consultation is typically done on the same day as the diagnostic and functional hearing evaluation. We allow 1 ½ to 2 hours for the evaluation and consultation. During this time, the audiologistwill assess your hearing loss, discuss your hearing needs and preferences, and make recommendations on the best hearing aids for you.
How do I know which hearing aid is right for me?
Choosing the right hearing aid depends on a number of factors, including the type and severity of your hearing loss, your lifestyle and preferences, and your budget. The audiologist will guide you through the selection process and make recommendations based on your specific needs. They may also take into account your cosmetic preferences, such as whether you prefer an in-the-ear or behind-the-ear style.
What happens after I choose a hearing aid during the consultation?
After you choose a hearing aid, the audiologist will schedule an appointment to return for the hearing aid fitting. At that time, your hearing aids will be fitted and programmed to your specific hearing needs. After verification testing, the audiologist will provide instructions on how to use and care for the hearing aids. They willschedule a follow-up appointment to make any necessary adjustments and ensure that the hearing aid is working properly.
Can I bring a friend or family member with me to the hearing aid consultation?
Yes, you are welcome to bring a friend or family member with you to the hearing aid consultation. Having a support person with you can help you feel more comfortable and provide additional input during the selection process.
What are ear impressions and why are they necessary for hearing aids?
Ear impressions are molds of your ear canals that are used to create custom-fitted hearing aids. They are necessary for many hearing aids because they ensure a comfortable and secure fit, which is important for both comfort and optimal sound quality.
How long does it take to get an ear impression for a hearing aid?
The ear impression process typically takes about 15-30 minutes. The hearing healthcare professional will use a soft material to make a mold of your ear canal, which is then used to create your custom-fitted hearing aid.
Is getting an ear impression for a hearing aid uncomfortable or painful?
The ear impression process is generally not painful, although some people may experience slight discomfort or pressure in their ears during the process. The hearing healthcare professional will take steps to minimize any discomfort and ensure that the process is as comfortable as possible.
Can I use ear impressions from a previous hearing aid fitting?
It depends on the age and condition of the ear impressions. If the ear impressions are less than a year old and in good condition, they may be usable for a new hearing aid fitting. However, it is generally recommended to get new ear impressions to ensure the best possible fit for your new hearing aids.