Once done with the otoscopy and audiometric assessment, your audioprosthetist will guide you in selecting your new hearing aid.

Different styles of hearing aids, levels of technology, and cost will all be discussed at your Hearing Aid Evaluation appointment. Your various listening environments and expectations of hearing aids will also be discussed. Your audioprosthetist will discuss different features available in hearing aids and make recommendations based on your hearing evaluation and communication needs. You will select the hearing aids you want to order.

We will proceed with earmold impressions of your ear canals (if necessary) to place the order. About two weeks after you order the hearing aids, you will return for the hearing aid fitting.

Hearing aids have miniature components, and it is not uncommon over time that a hearing aid requires repair. When you start the hearing aid in the morning you notice that there is no sound; the battery door can be broken. These things happen even when the hearing aids are properly taken care of. If you have a problem that requires repair, take the hearing aid to your audioprosthetist. They are equipped to diagnose broken hearing aids. Some minor hearing aid repairs can be done in the office in a short period of time; others will have to be sent to the manufacturer for repair. Your audioprosthetist can help you determine the type of repair needed if you think your hearing aid is not working properly.

If you have defective hearing aids, even if you are not a customer with us, we are happy to try to repair them. We are able to service the major hearing aid manufacturers and can tell you in the office if your brand is a brand we service. Hearing aids come with a warranty when purchased new. Even if your warranty has expired, it is still possible to repair most hearing aids for a fee. Depending on the hearind aid manufacturer, this repair may be accompanied by a one-year warranty. Your hearing care professional will provide you with details when you bring your hearing aid to the office.

After selecting the perfect hearing aid for you, we want to ensure it’s programmed to your specific hearing loss and lifestyle needs. A hearing aid has to be both effective and comfortable in its fit, so that different day-to-day sound environments are easy for you to switch between.

What happens during a hearing aid fitting?

The hearing aid fitting may take anywhere from 45 minutes to one hour and a half, and will consist of a couple different steps :

  1. Your audioprosthetist will show you how to insert and remove your hearing aid, while ensuring it has a comfortable and complete fit.
  2. The audioprosthetist will program the hearing aid to meet your specific hearing loss needs, which also includes making sure the settings are appropriate for the different listening environments you encounter daily. 
  3. Your audioprosthetist will show you how to properly care for and maintain your device, including how to use special tools to remove any earwax or debris. You’ll learn how to change the batteries or charge your device.
  4. Finaly, your audioprosthetist will answer any questions you have about your hearing aid.

A common checklist

Because so much happens during a hearing aid fitting, it might be beneficial to bring a checklist with you of things to inquire about. Consider the following questions:

  • Does it feel comfortable inside your ear?
  • If there is an external attachment, does it feel comfortable on your ear?
  • What activities will require you to take out your hearing aid?
  • Will the hearing aid be confortable while wearing glasses ?
  • How long does the battery last before it needs to be changed?

During the first month of use of your hearing instruments, you will be better able to discern how they fit into your life and the world around you. This will give us the opportunity to talk and if necessary make the necessary changes to your hearing aids to make sure you wear them rather than leaving them in a drawer.

  • Are your hearing aids comfortable?  Your audioprosthetist will want to review the fit and feel of your hearing aids. An otoscopy will also show if there are pressure points created by the hearing aids in your ears. Any minor adjustments may be made by your hearing health professional; sometimes the hearing aid will have to be sent to be remodeled.
  • Do you like the sound of your hearing aids? Your audioprosthetist will want to know how you find the sound of your hearing aids. He will want to know how your hearing aids sound at home, at work, at the park, in quiet environments, in noisy environments, on the phone, and so on. Your hearing care professional will want to make sure you have the best sound and volume level to hear the world around you.
  • How do you care for your hearing aids? Your audioprosthetist will most likely return to the general cleaning and care of your hearing aids during your visit. He will also ensure that you master the controls and how to put on your hearing aids.