Hearing Aid Evaluations and Fittings
You can be confident that our highly trained staff will provide hearing health care in a manner that gives you the information you need for a successful hearing aid experience.
It is a fact that most adults with hearing loss can be helped with hearing aids. It is also a fact that choosing the right hearing aid can be daunting. AccuHear's Audiologist andBoard Certified Specialists will guide you through the process to ensure your ultimate satisfaction with your purchase.
A successful hearing aid experience begins with an accurate audiological evaluation or hearing test. During that time, we will determine your specific needs based on your lifestyle and budgetary concerns. For your convenience, we have many payment plans available.
The Truth about Hearing Aids
Realistic Expectations: Hearing aids work very well when they are fitted and adjusted appropriately. All hearing aids should be comfortable with respect to the physical fit and the sound loudness. If there is any discomfort, you should return to AccuHear immediately for alterations to ensure a comfortable fit.
Remember, hearing aids are designed to provide you with additional information to help you hear and understand better. They do not provide "perfect" hearing.
Getting Used to Hearing Aids: Everyone is different when it comes to getting used to wearing hearing aids. You may need a few days to adjust to your new aids, but most likely you will need a few weeks. There are even some who require several months to make the adjustment.
In general, the greater the hearing loss and the longer the hearing loss has been present, the more difficult the transition is to using hearing aids. Our Board Certified Audiologists and Board Certified Hearing Instruments Specialists are uniquely trained to help you along the way.
Background Noise: Virtually everyone, hearing aid users and non-hearing aid users, complains about background noise at one time or another. There is no way for a hearing aid to eliminate the sounds that the wearer does not want to hear.
The good news is that there are now hearing aid circuits and features available,like dual microphones and assisitive listening devices with FM technology, that help minimize some unwanted sounds. Our AccuHear staff can help determine the best circuits and microphone options for your hearing loss and communication needs.
One vs. Two Hearing Aids: You have two ears because you need two ears. If you have hearing loss in each ear that could benefit from hearing aids, you should wear two hearing aids. Wearing hearing aids bilaterally (in each ear) will improve your ability to hear in noisy settings, allow you to localize sounds in your environment, improve the ability to understand speech and give sound a fuller quality.
Over 60% of individuals who wear hearing aids are fit binaurally. The benefits of wearing two hearing aids are enhanced ability to (a) hear better in the presence of background noise, (b) determine where sound is coming from, and (c) hear soft sounds at lower levels.
The Hearing Aid Process:
At the time of the hearing evaluation, a case history will be taken to determine how you perceive your hearing problem and how your family perceives it. Our Board Certified Audiologist and Specialists will ask about the onset of the hearing loss, the presence of tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and/or dizziness. Based on the results of the hearing test and the answers to these questions, our highly trained staff may make a referral to your medical doctor for an examination and for possible treatment. If the testing reveals a sensori-neural hearing loss, a hearing aid may be recommended for one or both ears.
Hearing Aid Evaluation:
There are literally thousands of hearing aids from which to choose. The AccuHear staff will use the information that was provided in the case history and in the audiological evaluation to help narrow those choices for you. The final decision on which hearing aid is purchased is yours.
The main types of hearing aids available today are conventional or Analog and Digital.
Conventional – Analog – Hearing Aid Technology
Conventional analog hearing aids are basically amplifiers that feature manual volume controls and manual fine-tuning. These hearing aids are beneficial for listening in relatively quiet situations, such as one-on-one conversation and listening to the television. This technology provides limited flexibility in meeting individual needs.
Digital Hearing Aid Technology
Most of the hearing aids sold today are digital and cost about the same as conventional analog hearing aids. The digital hearing aid contains a computer chip that amplifies sounds digitally. The quality of the sound produced by the computer chip is excellent.
Digital hearing aids are flexible and can be re-programmed by our hearing professionals by using a computer equipped with special software. Digital hearing aids can respond to soft sounds in one way and to loud sounds in a completely different fashion. Digital hearing aids also have a variety of bands or equalizers. Depending on the level of the digital technology, there may be as few as two bands or as many as twenty + bands. The more advanced the digital chip, the more bands that it will possess. Some digital hearing aids even have the capability to reduce some environmental noises such as motors running or dishes clanging.
Hearing Aid Fitting:
During the hearing aid fitting, the hearing aid is programmed to meet your hearing needs. You will be provided with instructions that explain how to insert the hearing aid into your ear and how to remove it. You will also learn how to change batteries and how to care for and clean your hearing aid. During the fitting, the Audiologist or Hearing Instrument Specialist will reiterate the function of the hearing aid as it relates to your lifestyle.
A hearing aid is exactly what it says – it is an "aid" to help you hear better. Your positive attitude is critical to adapting to wearing a hearing aid.
What questions should I ask before buying a hearing aid?
Before you buy a hearing aid, ask your Audiologist or Hearing Instrument Specialist these important questions:
- What features would be most useful to me?
- What is the total cost of the hearing aid?
- Do the benefits of newer technologies outweigh the higher costs?
- Is there a trial period to test the hearing aids? (Most manufacturers allow a 30 to 60-day trial period during which aids can be returned for a refund.)
- What fees are nonrefundable if the aids are returned after the trial period?
- How long is the warranty?
- Can it be extended?
- Does the warranty cover future maintenance and repairs?
- Can the Audiologist or Hearing Instrument Specialist make adjustments and provide servicing and minor repairs?
- Will loaner aids be provided when repairs are needed?
- What instruction does the Audiologist or Hearing Instrument Specialist provide?
Ensuring Hearing Aid Satisfaction
Recognize your hearing loss is making communication difficult. Know that we are here to help. Hearing aid studies have shown that people who have a positive attitude do better with hearing aids.
Identify communication settings that are difficult for you. Relate those settings to the Audiologist or Hearing Instrument Specialist at AccuHear. We can better address your problems by choosing the best hearing aid for you, by programming the hearing aid and by helping you to develop strategies to manage your difficult situations. Work with your AccuHear Audiologist or Hearing Instrument Specialist to find the best hearing aids for your hearing loss, your lifestyle and your communication needs. Your neighbor or friend's choice in hearing aids may not be your best choice. No two people are alike.
Be realistic. Hearing loss typically develops over many years. Becoming re-acquainted with sounds you hear while using hearing aids will take practice and time. It is important not to become disillusioned or frustrated while your brain adjusts to the sounds provided by your hearing aids.
Be patient with yourself and your new hearing aids. AccuHear is your advocate. Continue to ask questions to maximize the use of your hearing aids.