Hearing Aid Services
We dispense hearing aids and offer all types of circuitry including analog, programmable, and digital. We also offer all styles including behind-the-ear, in-the-ear, canal, and completely-in-the-canal hearing aids. All hearing aids are offered for a 30-day trial period.
Hearing aid evaluation: This appointment may include a full hearing evaluation, if one has not been done within the past six months. During this appointment, the audiologist learns about the client's knowledge and expectations related to hearing aids. The client is advised about the trial period and need for medical clearance and/or waiver. Different styles and technology features are discussed. Other measures, such as loudness discomfort levels (to set amplifier limits), may be made. Impressions are made of each ear and sent with an order to the selected hearing aid manufacturer. Probe tube measures of amplified sound levels are obtained to verify the prescription.
1 ½ to 2 hours
Hearing aid fitting and orientation: The new hearing aids are fit into the ears. The physical fit is checked and the hearing aids are programmed for the client's prescription with fine-tuning to improve the overall sound quality. The client and his/her significant other learn how to place and remove the hearing aids in and out of the ears, change batteries, use controls, and use daily care routines. Realistic expectations for hearing aid use are discussed and reviewed.
1 ½ to 2 hours
Hearing aid follow-up services: Hearing aid follow up visits are scheduled for three main reasons: 1) to adjust hearing aids to maximize benefits, 2) to check on hearing aid status or use, or 3) to troubleshoot problems with hearing aids. ½ to 1 hour
1. Trial period visits: In the initial 30-60 day trial period, it is common to offer up to 4-6 follow-up visits to make adjustments to maximize hearing aid benefit and use. Measures, such as questionnaires or tests of word understanding, are often used to verify that the client is receiving benefit from the hearing aids.
2. Annual or semi-annual hearing aid check ups: It is typical to recommend annual or semi-annual check-ups on hearing aids. Babies, young children, and adults with special needs may be advised to schedule check ups on a more frequent basis.
3. Hearing aid malfunction checks: When problems arise with hearing aids, the audiologist will see the client to ask about the problems. The examiner may also perform a visual-listening check and/or test the hearing aids in a test box to determine the problems. If the problem is inside the hearing aid case then usually it will need to be sent to the manufacturer for repair. If the hearing aid has been purchased through this clinic and is under warranty, then there will be no additional charges.
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