This is the main test and basis for all evaluations.
This test is done to determine if a person has a hearing loss, degree of loss and percentage of word understanding. All results are explained following the test.
We first take a complete history which involves answering questions about employment, noise history, previous ear problems, how well you hear in certain environments, medications etc. The test is then administered in our soundproof booth. The client has to listen for puretones and signals when they can hear them. The history and test usually take about an hour. This leaves lots of time for questions.
This evaluation is basically the prescription for the hearing aids to be fitted. This is a discussion with the client, if their assessment indicates that they need hearing aids. It would involve determining the best type of hearing aid for the loss, taking into consideration budget, client ability ie dexterity or vision problems. This is a very interactive discussion with the client and Hearing Instrument Specialist.
All of our hearing aids are digital and programmed via computer. A hearing aid fitting usually takes an hour. It will involve checking that the aid fits in the ear properly and teaching the client how to insert it.
Programming is done while the client is wearing his or her aids and we do some listening checks to make sure the volume is appropriate. The initial programming is determined by the client’s audiogram. A fitting also involves learning how to insert batteries, adjust volume, and use a remote control if one is included.
You will also be taught how to keep your hearing aid clean. After the initial fit, we like to see our clients every 2 weeks or so for about 2 months. This is to ensure fit, performance and make sure the aid has been adjusted properly.
This test will verify how well the hearing aid is working in an individual’s ear. A small mic is placed in the ear canal with the hearing aid and readings are taken. This will help us with fine tuning the hearing aid for best results.
A screening is a quick audiometric assessment to determine if there is hearing loss. These are done quite often when someone starts a new job in a noisy environment. They are also done for children just starting school.
This is test to determine how well the middle ear is functioning, particularly your ear drum. It is done by creating air pressure in the ear canal and only takes a few seconds to administer. Results are available instantly.
This involves a camera attached to an otoscope, or ear light. It allows us to show you the inside of your ear canal and ear drum. This is a great tool when teaching hearing aid maintenance, as we can show you how wax can affect your hearing aid.