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Hearing Aid Dispensing And Fitting

After you have finished your diagnostic hearing evaluation with one of our doctors of audiology, and it has been determined that you do have hearing loss, it is time to talk about hearing aids.

There are hundreds—if not thousands—of different hearing aids available. Which ones are right for you will depend on a variety of factors. Our doctors of audiology here at Hearing & Balance Doctors will be here to help you through the whole process of finding and choosing hearing aids and having them fit to accommodate your hearing needs.

Hearing Aid Dispensing

Once your hearing evaluation has been completed, our audiologists will go over your results with you and your loved one, if you brought someone with you to your appointment. Depending on your hearing needs—such as what level of hearing loss you have, whether you have high-frequency hearing loss, tinnitus, or other issues—our audiologists will recommend different hearing aids for you to try.

Hearing Aid Counseling

During your hearing aid counseling, our doctors of audiology will discuss various lifestyle concerns with you. These concerns can cover a variety of topics, such as:

  • Your previous experience with hearing aids.
  • What are your main concerns with using hearing aids.
  • Whether your insurance will provide any coverage for the purchase of hearing aids.
  • Your budget for hearing aids overall.
  • Specific lifestyle considerations, such as a desire for low-visibility hearing aids.

Types Of Hearing Aids Available

Our audiologists will also have different types of hearing aids available in-office for you to try out during your hearing aid consultation. By being able to test out the different basic types of hearing aid at our office, you can get a better feel for what kind of hearing aid you would be more comfortable using on a daily basis.

As you test out the various styles of hearing aids, you will find that they come in two basic body styles—Behind-The-Ear or In-The-Ear. There are a variety of sizes within these two categories, but the hearing aids will either rest in your ear or behind your ear.

Hearing Aid Manufacturer Options

Along with having different hearing aid styles, you can choose hearing aids from a range of hearing aid manufacturers. Here at Hearing & Balance Doctors, we work with all major hearing aid brands and many of the smaller hearing aid manufacturers so that you can enjoy a range of options. However, there are six major hearing aid manufacturers that commonly produce the best hearing aids, which are:

Once you have decided what hearing aids you would like, our audiologists will order them from the hearing aid manufacturer and contact you when they arrive. After the hearing aids arrive at our office, our audiologists will fit the hearing aids to your needs.

Hearing Aid Fitting

To ensure that your new hearing aids are calibrated for your hearing needs, our doctors of audiology have you try out your hearing aids in our clinic. That way, they can program your hearing aids to be better tailored to your hearing needs.

Real-Ear Measurement

One of the tests our audiologists like to use to measure your hearing aids’ amplification is real-ear measurement. With a real-ear measurement evaluation, a small probe is placed in your ear canal as you wear your new hearing aid.

With the probe in place, pre-recorded sounds—usually someone speaking—is played. The probe captures how your hearing aid is picking up and amplifying the sound, which allows our audiologists to fine-tune your hearing aid’s programming to match how you hear sounds. This type of test is especially important to be sure that you have the right amplification for different frequencies of sound.

Live Speech Mapping

Along with using pre-recorded voices, our audiologists will also test your hearing aids on how they amplify live speech. We encourage our patients to bring a friend or family member to this appointment to assist with this test.

With the probe still in place in the ear canal, our audiologists will ask your family member or friend to talk to you. That way, they can see if there is any variation in how your hearing aids pick up live speech versus pre-recorded sound and adjust for the live speech as well. With this adjustment, you can more easily re-engage socially.

Hearing Aid Care And Maintenance

With the hearing aid programming completed, our audiologists will review the correct way to use your particular hearing aids. You will need to learn how to turn it on and off, how to place it on your ear and take it off, and the best way to clean it, how to change out the batteries, and other care and maintenance information. Our audiologists can provide you with written instructions to review, so you don’t have to worry about remembering everything.

Follow-Up Hearing Aid Appointment

After your hearing aid fitting, we will set up a couple of follow-up appointments to assess how you like your new hearing aids, and if you are having any difficulties. At your follow-up appointments, our audiologists will ask you various questions about how well you are hearing and if you have run into any issues. Please answer them as honestly as possible, so adjustments can be made depending on what you need.

It may take a few adjustments before finding the perfect setting for you. It’s important to use your hearing aid as much as possible during this time, so you know what to tell the hearing professional for the adjustments.

Also, try to use your hearing aids in a variety of settings from large social gatherings, buildings of different sizes, and other places so that you can get a good feel for how they act in these settings.

Have The Best Hearing Aid Experience At Hearing & Balance Doctors

When it comes to your hearing, you deserve the best care possible, and our doctors of audiology strive to always provide personalized, compassionate service. With our lifetime service package included with your purchase of hearing aids, you can count on Hearing & Balance Doctors to help.

So, if you run into any issues or have questions about your hearing aids, you can always feel free to contact us. We are always happy to help you with all your hearing needs.