Our audiologist will take the time to learn about you, your medical history, your hearing concerns, your lifestyle and communication goals. The more our audiologist knows about how you use your ears will help give a full picture of your communication needs.
Participating in a hearing evaluation is easy and painless. Our audiologist will first look in your ears with an otoscope to make sure your canals are clear and healthy. You will then be seated in a sound booth where you will wear a pair of specialized headphones and listen for a series of sounds. These tones will vary in volume and frequency, and you will need to raise your hand each time you hear one. As the test progresses, our audiologist will gain a better understanding of your current hearing ability. With this information, our audiologist will be able to identify your hearing thresholds and can then determine the specific type and extent of your hearing loss.
Upon completion of the hearing evaluation, our audiologist will review your results in detail. She will clearly explain to you which frequencies and volumes are within your hearing range and which ones you may be missing on a day to day basis. If a hearing loss is found, our audiologist will work with you as a team to determine which treatment options are most appropriate for your loss and lifestyle. Depending on your degree of hearing loss, you may have the opportunity on the same day to try out digital hearing aids customized to your loss. Our audiologist will review the different ranges of technologies, features, and prices to fit your budget and allow you to meet your communication goals.
Our services do not end upon the initial fitting of the hearing aids. During the first 6 weeks, you will return for 2-3 follow-up visits to ensure you are comfortable with the physical fit and acoustic programming of the devices. Since hearing loss typically occurs gradually throughout one’s life, it takes time for the brain to adapt to the new sound and continued fine tuning of the hearing aids is expected. After the 6-week mark, patients will be seen approximately every 3-6 months for general maintenance and adjustments. We encourage patients to see our audiologist at least every 6 months so she can do deep cleaning of the hearing aids and address any hearing concerns you might have.
As with any technology, hearing aids may need to be serviced or repaired. In office maintenance includes tubing changes, hearing aid cleanings, changing universal ear pieces, and receiver changes. In some instances, hearing aids will need to be sent to the manufacturer to be repaired. Our audiologist does her best to troubleshoot and repair devices on site but will offer loaner hearing aids if the repair needs to be completed at the manufacturer. We encourage patients to contact us immediately with questions or concerns, so we can resolve any issues and get you back to enjoying the sounds of life.