- Hearing aid recommendation
- After your full diagnostic evaluation with our Doctor of Audiology we will explain your test results and inform you if you are a hearing aid candidate. They will also answer any questions you may have.
- Hearing aid consultation
- During this appointment our audiologists will review your test results and discuss your lifestyle and listening needs in order to create the best treatment plan for you. Hearing aids are not a “one size fits all” and we strive to find the best solution for each patient based on their hearing loss, lifestyle and hearing needs.
- Hearing aid repair and maintenance
- Our audiologists prefer seeing patients every 3-6 months after the hearing aid trial period for routine maintenance and to ensure that the hearing aids are working appropriately .
- Hearing rehabilitation
- Counseling will be provided by our audiologists to better address your hearing needs. This may include tips to enhance listening, self-advocacy, and communication strategies.
Success begins with a positive attitude!
Abraham Lincoln once said, “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” He probably wasn’t talking about people with hearing aids – but it still holds true.
Effort and a positive attitude are critical to improved hearing. Much of your success with your hearing aids will depend on your desire to learn and a determination to increase your ability to hear. To achieve better hearing, you must work at it daily. The ability to hear again has to be learned – not just purchased.
Hearing aids have an adjustment period.
Unlike eyeglasses, which give you immediate, positive results, hearing aids typically require a short transition period. How they sound, how they feel, even getting in the routine of wearing them every day takes practice. With time and patience, you’ll come to understand all the benefits these powerful “mini computers” can have on your life.
Hearing and understanding involve more than just your ears:
Because you haven’t heard normal sounds and noises for awhile the sounds amplified by your hearing aids may be tinny, metallic, artificial and unnatural. This is because you are hearing the high-frequency speech sounds like /s/, /f/ and /t/ that you have been missing, or have heard differently for years. Your brain will need to become reacquainted with these high-frequency sounds. It may take 4-6 weeks to adjust to the new sounds you’re hearing.
Useful tips and tools to help you achieve better hearing:
It takes practice and patience to get used to hearing with hearing aids. These quick tips should help speed up the process:
- Wear the hearing aids at all waking hours, even if you’re in a quiet environment
- Practice having a conversation with your spouse or loved one
- Read out loud for 10-15 minutes each day
- Do online hearing skills training exercises (your audiologist can provide fun, interactive games)
- Set realistic expectations; hearing aids won’t restore your hearing to normal – but they will make listening easier and much more enjoyable again.