So your Green Valley audiologist confirmed that your type and degree of hearing loss could benefit from a hearing aid; now what? You will then determine what kind of hearing aid to purchase. There are six major styles and a number of top-level manufacturers to choose from. Your hearing lifestyle, budget and desired additional features will also be taken into consideration. Once you and your audiologist decide on the right device for you, the hearing aid can be ordered.
Real Ear Measure
About two weeks after you make your purchase, your hearing aid will arrive. Your Green Valley audiologist will input all the information gathered during the original hearing evaluation into the programming computer. To make sure these settings are correct, a Real Ear Measure will be performed. This test measures how loud sounds are in your ear canal.
This test involves placing a tube in your ear canal. The tube is connected to a microphone that sits outside of your ear to measure the volume of the sound before it is processed by the hearing aid. Your hearing aid will then be placed into your ear. A series of tones will be played, ranging from soft to very loud. The results from this test are able to confirm that the soft sounds are being adequately amplified and the very loud sounds are not exceeding your discomfort level.
Once your hearing aid has been properly programmed, your Green Valley audiologist will explain everything you need to know. This is the part where you try not to become overwhelmed, as it will seem like a lot of information is being given to you all at once. Never fear; once you get used to the hearing aid most of these tasks will become second nature.
Your audiologist will have you practice inserting the hearing aid into your ear and then safely removing it as well as removing and replacing the battery. Proper care will be discussed and you will learn how to complete a listening test.
The final step of the hearing aid fitting is scheduling a follow-up visit. You will be asked to return to the Green Valley office in a few weeks. These follow-up visits are needed to complete any fine-tuning or adjustment that may be needed.
Ready to start the hearing aid process? Contact your local Green Valley audiologist today.