Hearing Aid Evaluation and Selection
Advanced Audiology provides hearing aid options from four leading hearing aid manufacturers, including Oticon, Phonak, Starkey, and Unitron. Your audiologist will discuss the options with you and make recommendations based upon your hearing needs. Advanced Audiology also provides demonstration hearing aid devices for patients to try at this appointment, allowing you to an actual hearing aid the day of your hearing aid evaluation.
Hearing Aid Fitting
Once you have selected your hearing aids, an appointment will be scheduled for a hearing aid fitting. At this appointment, the audiologist will confirm the size and fit of the hearing aid(s) to your ear(s), explain how to use the devices, how to put them in the ear and how to remove them, how to change batteries, and how to care for and clean the devices. It is also a good idea to bring family members or close friends to the hearing aid fitting so they can help remember all the information that is given and support you. Keep in mind that it may take some time to get used to the sounds you were missing, and by working closely with your audiologist, you will get the most out of your new hearing aids. Follow-up appointments are necessary as you adjust to the amplified sound of your hearing aid(s).
Some hearing aids require a custom earmold to be fit to the ear to maximize the sound quality of the hearing aid. As the name implies, custom earmolds are made to fit the unique contour of your ear. If you cannot get a comfortable or secure fit with generic domes or hearing aid tips, a custom earmold may be for you.
Hearing aids have small working parts, and it is not uncommon over time for a hearing aid to need repairs, even when it is cared for and maintained appropriately. If you should experience an issue that needs a repair, call and schedule an appointment to have one of our Audiologists evaluate the hearing aid(s). Some minor hearing aid repairs can be done in the office in a short period of time; other hearing aids will need to be sent to the manufacturer for repair. Your Audiologist can help determine what kind of a repair is necessary if you feel your hearing aid is not working properly. If you currently have hearing aid(s) that were not fit in our office, we are happy to try to repair your hearing aids. We are able to service most major manufacturers of hearing aids and can tell you if yours is a brand we service. Most, but not all, hearing aids come with a warranty when purchased new. If your warranty has expired, it is still possible to repair most hearing aids with a small fee. Depending on the hearing aid manufacturer, this repair may come with a new warranty. Your Audiologist will provide you with details when you come in for your scheduled office visit.