If you suffer from hearing loss, your hearing specialist will help you choose the right hearing aid for your situation. During your hearing aid evaluation, your hearing specialist will:
- Evaluate your hearing needs
- Ask you questions about your life style and communication goals
- Discuss the advantages and limitations of hearing devices
- Recommend a hearing aid that will suit your needs and budget
- Make sure it fits you properly and make any necessary adjustments
- Explain how hearing aids work and show you how to use it properly
- Show you how to clean and take care of it
It’s recommended that you have a follow up visit within the trial period to let your hearing specialist know how your hearing aid is functioning and to make any adjustments. Most hearing aids also come with a warranty so if there are any problems, it can be easily repaired at the hearing clinic.
During the appointment you can test out hearing aids to see which ones work best for you. You can hear people speak to you, and listen to music and TV programs in the office. You can hear for yourself which hearing aid offers you the best fit and performance.
The hearing specialist can also make adjustments to the hearing aid to improve hearing clarity. The listening demonstration ensures you choose the appropriate hearing aid for your situation.
REAL EAR VERIFICATION MEASURES
Verification measures help ‘verify’ the hearing aid is optimized to give you the best possible hearing performance. Because every patient is different, your hearing aid is adjusted and tuned to match your personal needs.
A soft tube (microphone) is placed in your ear canal while the hearing aid is used to take measurements. With speech being played, the hearing aid is adjusted until the speech sound is clear to you, and the microphone records your results. A realistic goal is to have 80-100% hearing clarity with the adjustment.
LIVE SPEECH MAPPING
Live Speech mapping shows the hearing aid’s output in your ear in response to sound. Speech mapping is useful since the hearing aid can be programmed to correct the parts of speech which aren’t clear to the wearer. The hearing device can even be optimized to specific voices heard daily.
A small microphone is placed in your ear with your hearing aid. Your family member or other “well-known voice” reads to you while the microphone measures how your hearing aid is processing the speech heard. The results are displayed on a computer screen revealing the parts of speech which fall within your audible range. From these results, your hearing aid is adjusted to accordingly.