The making of a earmold is a key element of your meeting with the audioprosthetist. It is from this point that your hearing protection or your personalized earphones will be created.

The audioprosthetist begins by performing an otoscopy to ensure that there is nothing in the auditory canal to prevent the making of an earmold, such as a blockage due to the presence of wax. Once the verification is done, he places some foam in the back of the ear canal to protect the eardrum.

Next, using a syringe he will inject a silicone paste that will take the exact shape of the form of your auditory canal. After 4 minutes the paste will harden and can be removed.

The earmold that is obtained will serve as a master for the creation of your customized ear protection.

The brain can take many months to adapt to hearing instruments.  Hearing instruments are designed to maximize your hearing potential.

 As long as your brain still has the capacity to understand speech, a hearing device can help you increase your perception, and hence your comprehension of the spoken word.

It is important to remember that it is the ears that  listen, but it is the brain that understands. Wearing your hearing instruments regularly will help you adapt to sounds in the environment that you may not have heard in a while. Having your hearing aid adjusted will allow you to program it to best suit your needs.

For example, accurate adjustment and programming  will give you the ability to attend to one voice amongst those in a group and filter out sounds in the environment that you do not want to hear.

Furthermore, the latest technology allows you to synchronize your hearing device with your Bluetooth, television or sound system.

 If you keep these principles in mind, choose the appropriate hearing aid for your type of loss, and have it accurately adjusted by an audioprosthetist, you will be successful  in reaching your hearing potential

Adapting to your hearing aids may take some time. Be patient with yourself and the hearing aids. The adjustment time may also vary from patient to patient.

Some important points to remember:  

  • Hearing aids are not glasses, you can see better with new glasses, but the brain has to adapt to the sounds amplified by hearing aids.
  • To wear the hearing aids regularly is a guarantee of success. All studies indicate a significant correlation between the number of hours of continuous wear and the speed of adaptation to hearing aids.
  • Set a personal goal for your usage hearing aid and what you expect out of it.

If you’re having difficulty, don't give up. Contact our office for assistance.

How to clean a hearing aid with a brush
  1. Always insert and remove your hearing aids over a soft surface.
  2. Do not expose your hearing aids to excessive or direct heat.
  3. Do not expose your hearing aids to excessive moisture.
  4. Remove your hearing aids for CAT, MRI scans or other electromagnetic procedures.
  5. Remove the batteries if you store your hearing aids for any extended length of time.
  6. Never use any tools—other than the cleaning tools provided by our office—to clean your hearing aids.

 

We will identify your hearing problems by means of a complete hearing examination in order to explain the improvements you could get from wearing hearing instruments.

We will then discuss various options to determine which hearing instruments models will best fit your needs.

When a fitting decision is reached, we will take an impression of your ear canals so as to create a custom-made hearing instrument for your ears.