Digital Hearing Services

Hearing Aid Evaluations

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.


Listening Demonstration

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.


Hearing Aid Fitting and Programming

After your hearing evaluation, you and hearing professional will select a hearing aid that is suitable for your hearing needs. The appointment should take approximately an hour to ensure the hearing aid fits and works properly.

Your hearing aid will be programmed based on your hearing test results and adjusted to suit your individual needs. You will learn about your hearing aid’s various features and how you can adjust its settings to keep it working optimally in different environments.

Your hearing care professional will also go over how to clean and maintain your hearing aid.  You will learn how to clean the various parts to keep it working optimally. Remember to ask any questions if there’s anything you don’t understand during your appointment.


Hearing Aid Cleaning & Maintenance

Cleaning and maintaining your hearing aid daily ensures it will function properly.  Your hearing care professional will instruct you how to take care of your hearing aid.  Some tools to help maintain your hearing aid include a listening tube, battery tester, force air blower, and drying container.  Ask your hearing care professional on how to obtain them.

Steps you can take to care for your hearing aid include:
    •    Performing listening checks - using a listening tube to ensure your hearing aid’s sound is clear.
    •    Checking the batteries - using a battery tester to make sure the batteries are at full strength so the hearing aid is functioning optimally.
    •    Wiping the cleaning aid – using a dry, soft cloth to remove any dirt and dust.
    •    Keeping moisture to a minimum - putting your hearing aid in a drying container prevents moisture buildup and ensures the hearing aid functions properly.
    •    Minimizing feedback - feedback is the whistling noise that can come from a hearing aid. It can happen when the ear mold is too small or if the patient has too much ear wax. Talk to your hearing care professional if you hear feedback from your hearing aid.


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.


Speech Mapping

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.


Assistive Listening Devices 

Assistive listening devices enhance your hearing aid’s performance in everyday situations, such as at home, school and work.  They help reduce problems such as background noise by filtering it out before it reaches your hearing aid.
Some assistive listening devices include:
    •    Amplified phones for improved phone conversations
    •    Television, so you can enjoy the full movie experience without disturbing others
    •    Personal Listening Systems are ideal for social situations, helping reduce background noise and amplify speech
    •    Alarm Clocks, which include flashing lamps or bed shakers so you will always wake up on time
    •    Bluetooth technology, so you can connect with other devices giving you more freedom and flexibility


Aural Rehabilitation

Aural rehabilitation is a form of therapy where people with hearing problems are taught ways to improve their hearing and communication.  Sessions can be individual, groups, or both.
Topics commonly covered include:
    •    Understanding your hearing loss
    •    Helping your family understand your hearing loss so you will be able to communicate with each other more effectively
    •    Understanding how to better use your hearing aid
    •    Strategies to improve your listening and communication
    •    Learning how assistive listening devices can help improve your hearing in various environments
    •    Using visual cues such as reading lips, facial expressions, gestures, and body language.
    •    Arranging your home to facilitate easier conversation
    •    Handling background noise when you’re outside
    •    Knowing your legal rights
    •    Finding support groups


Custom Ear Molds:

Most people experience hearing loss because they haven’t taken the proper measures to protect their ears in noisy environments.  Custom ear molds help to provide your ears with more comfort and protection.   They are customized to match your ear canals and give you added protection from noises and other elements in various situations and settings.
Custom ear molds for hearing protection include ones made for:
    •    Hearing Aids
    •    MP3 Players and IPOD
    •    Dentists
    •    Musicians
    •    Pilots
    •    Swimming
    •    Sleeping
    •    Sound Plugs