Hearing Aid Fitting and Dispensing
We take great care to adjust our patients hearing aids as well as possible. We make multiple adjustments in how the hearing aids feel, how they function, and how they sound.
If a hearing aid is not comfortable to wear, then it will not be used. During a trial period, we take great care to adjust how a hearing aid feels. Most of our patients tell us they cannot feel that they are wearing their hearing aids after 2 weeks. Not only does the ear ‘forget’ the hearing aids are there, but we also take any steps necessary to ensure the hearing aids fit properly.
Today’s advanced hearing aids have numerous settings and functions that can be adjusted by computer in my office or manually by a patient. Not all patients need to or want to use all of a hearing aid’s functions. I take the time necessary with each patient to determine which settings and which functions serve each patient best. The settings and functions apply to the degree of microphone focus, back ground noise reduction, voice amplification and directionality, telecoil features, auto detection of telephones, the hearing aid’s speed of adaptation, and the use with Bluetooth wireless devices for audio support.
Let’s say the hearing aid feels great, and all the proper features are being used. Next, how the hearing aid sounds is most critical. Every person responds differently to sound. I rely a great deal on patient input and feedback while making adjustments that ensure their hearing aids are balanced and sounding as clear and comfortable as possible. During appointments, we use a variety of sounds to successfully program hearing aids – live voices from family and friends at the appointment, radio broadcasts, TV programs, a wide range of music, environmental noises, and sounds from everyday objects.
In all, we are very thorough when working with our patients to minimize how the hearing aids feel and maximize how the hearing aids function