3 Keys to Hearing Aid Success
Hearing aids today are complex devices capable of completely changing people’s lives. However, how these devices are set up and fitted can make or break just how life-changing hearing aids can be.
1. Real Ear Measurements
Real-Ear Measurements are used at your initial fitting and all follow-up visits to ensure you’re getting the best hearing from your devices. A tube is placed down the ear with the hearing aid and a recording is played from a specialized computer. That recording is then measured at your eardrum, showing what is audible and what is inaudible. That information is then used to program the hearing aids with to ensure you are receiving optimal audibility.
Both physical comfort of your hearing aids and sound comfort are critical to your success. If the hearing aids are not comfortable, they will end up in the drawer! We measure not just your ability to hear-in-noise, but also your tolerance of noise. That allows us to better understand how to fit your hearing aids so that noise is not bothersome or uncomfortable.
3. Hearing in real-world environments
Our Functional Hearing Assessment is the best way for us to understand what your unique needs are for hearing and communicating in the real world, which is why we complete one for all new patients. Understanding how you hear from ear-to-brain helps us decide which hearing aids are best for your situation, how they should be programmed, and what else you may need to be successful in the real world.
What to Expect
Once we’ve helped you select the best hearing aids for your needs, we’ll ensure that they fit comfortably.
2. Programming & Care
Your audiologist will fit the devices to your unique needs using Real-Ear Measurements and other information that we collected at your Functional Hearing Assessment. We’ll show you the advanced features of your new hearing aids and how to care for them.
It takes time for your brain to get used to the new sound of the hearing aids. After your brain has acclimated in familiar, everyday environments, we’ll follow up and make any adjustments needed. After 2 months, we’ll retest with the hearing aids to ensure that your hearing is the best it can be.
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