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Treatment Planning and Hearing Aid Selection & Fitting

After establishing a diagnosis based on your hearing impairment, we help you create management and assist you in the same.

The success of hearing aid fittings range depends on an accurate and in-depth hearing evaluation conducted by a licensed or certified hearing professional. The assessment must be sufficient to determine the extent and cause of the hearing loss and to reflect the patient’s candidacy for hearing aid use. The decision on hearing aids requires both auditory and non-auditory considerations.

The audiometric information alone is insufficient to predict success with types of hearing aids. Aging factors, as well as personality features, play a big role in hearing aid candidacy including the patient’s motivation to hear better, emotional levels, willingness to learn how to use the hearing aids, and acknowledgment of their hearing loss and the associated communication difficulties in business and everyday living situations. ​​

A.) Planning and Hearing Aid Selection & Fitting

The obvious goal of any hearing aid fitting is to improve the patient’s communication abilities by maximizing their hearing potential through personal amplification devices. Previous hearing aid users will no doubt require less treatment planning time than new users. In addition to discussions and demonstrations, the new user should be sent home with printed materials to review as necessary. This approach to a treatment plan provides counseling for realistic expectations as well as a time-based estimate of when to expect results.

The audiologist needs to carefully and thoughtfully assess the lifestyle and hearing needs of the patient prior to making hearing aid recommendations. Although the audiologist’s role is to fairly present the options available and provide guidance, the final decisions should be made by the patient, or the patient’s family. The style of hearing aid chosen will likely depend on degree and configuration of hearing loss as well as the patient’s cosmetic concerns, battery life and external ear geometry. Decisions will be influenced by the patient’s manual dexterity, visual abilities, desired advanced features, amplification characteristics, including the style and technology of the hearing aids, and of course, ability to pay the required cost which can be expensive for both unilateral and binaural fittings.

There may be a divergence between the audiologist’s knowledge of what styles and features are suitable for a successful fitting outcome versus the appropriateness of the patient’s desires. The goal in hearing aid selection and fitting is to provide comfortable hearing instruments that will meet the lifestyle needs of the patient while easing the patient’s communication difficulties and maximizing performance in different listening environments.

B.) Verification of Hearing Aid Fitting

Real-Ear Measurement

In the past, hearing evaluations and fittings for hearing aids consisted mostly of a series of beeps and noises. Today, Audiologists are equipped with new technologies and methods to make the hearing evaluation process and hearing aid programming process more effective.

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Real-ear measurements are important because they measure how a hearing aid’s intensity (volume) and frequency response (pitch) are affected by your ear. When hearing aid manufacturers create a hearing aid and decide how to program it they do so based on one sized and shaped ear.  Real-ear measurements allow us to apply the hearing aid fitting to your specific ear.  Using real-ear measurements, we are able to measure how your ear affects the intensity and frequency response of the hearing aid and adjust the hearing aid settings based on that response.  The results are hearing aid settings that are best suited for the size and shape of your ear and for your hearing loss.

Live Speech Mapping

Live speech mapping is a Real-Ear Measurement or verification method that is used to ensure that your hearing aids are programmed for your individual needs. With this method, small microphones are placed into the ear canal and are used to measure the response of the hearing aid (in your ear), taking into account the natural and individual characteristics of both your ear and your hearing loss.

Our Doctor of Audiology will have high-tech equipment that will allow him or her to “see” what you are hearing through your hearing aids on a screen in real-time. The results may also be displayed on a wall-mounted screen so that you can also see the adjustments and participate in the process. This allows both you and your family members to visualize and understand the differences that hearing aids can make in your hearing ability.

 Benefits of our Live Speech Mapping

Our live speech mapping is known for its accuracy. Without speech mapping verification, other methods to program your hearing aid may require additional adjustments. Live speech mapping increases the chances that your hearing aid programming will be done correctly on the first try.

Live speech mapping also creates a much more positive fitting experience by allowing both you and your family to see the immediate results of your hearing aids and their positive impact on your ability to hear. Both you and your family will be engaged in the fitting process, making it a joint affair.

If you have a hearing loss, you may not be able to fully understand what you can and cannot hear, and therefore, you may not understand everything you are missing. With speech mapping, you will have the ability to hear the improvements immediately, and you will show exactly what you can and cannot hear in real-time.

C.) Follow up and monitoring

Our job does not end with just providing you the correct treatment. Instead, we conduct an extensive follow up and monitoring process to evaluate if it has brought about any substantial improvement in your problem.

 Many people use hearing aids as part of the management of their hearing and communication needs. Hearing aids are usually fitted in a clinic setting by an audiologist who should also advise on the use and management of the device, as well as aspects of communication specific to the individual. Hearing aids should be programmed, and functionality set to meet individual needs and capabilities.

Traditionally, after hearing aid fitting there is a follow-up appointment. This follow-up enables: the individual to share their experience with the audiologist and for adjustments to be made, for the audiologist to provide further advice and support including onward referral to other agencies as required, for the audiologist to observe the correct fitting and handling of the device and for patient-reported outcome and experience measures to be obtained.

A follow-up appointment as part of the hearing aid fitting pathway is included within current recommended practice documents. Where a follow-up appointment is offered, these are sometimes face-to-face in clinic and sometimes over the telephone. It is also unclear as to the optimal timing for follow-up and if further long-term monitoring is of value.

The current guidance documents also indicate that people should be offered an appointment to reassess their hearing and communication needs 3 years following their previous assessment. However, this invitation for review currently varies depending on location and service provider and service users may be unaware that a reassessment is an option. Exceptions may include groups of people who are considered suitable for reassessment for a specific reason, for example, people with dual sensory impairment or people with learning disabilities.

Aural rehabilitation

Aural rehabilitation is defined holistically as the reduction of hearing-loss-induced deficits of function, activity, participation, and quality of life through a combination of sensory management, instruction, perceptual training, and counseling. There is a tendency for audiologists to focus on sensory management, aural rehabilitation being seen as something done by someone else after the provision of hearing aids or cochlear implants.

Effective sensory management may, by itself, lead to improved activity, participation, and quality of life, but there is no guarantee that these outcomes will be automatic or optimal. In fact, there is often a disconnect between clinical measures of assisted auditory function and self-assessed benefit. Costs associated with a holistic approach can be minimized by bundling as many as possible into the cost of hearing devices, by taking advantage of computer-based perceptual training, and by capitalizing on the benefits of group counseling.

Hearing loss acquired in adult life can have a serious impact on the quality of life. This impact results primarily from deficits in the activities of speech perception and communication and the limitations imposed by these deficits on participation in social interactions, in employment, in leisure pursuits, and in the enjoyment of sound. The goal of rehabilitation is to restore the quality of life by eliminating, reducing, or circumventing these deficits and limitations.

This goal can be addressed through a combination of:

  • sensory management to optimize auditory function,
  • instruction in the use of technology and control of the listening environment,
  • perceptual training to improve speech perception and communication, and
  • counseling to enhance participation, and deal both emotionally and practically with residual limitations.

This concept of adult aural rehabilitation is summed up in the following definition: the reduction of hearing-loss-induced deficits of function, activity, participation, and quality of life through sensory management, instruction, perceptual training, and counseling.

D.) Repair and maintenance services

Regardless of which model and style you select, every hearing aid comes with a set of instructions on how to properly clean and maintain your device. Because you wear your hearing aids daily, it’s good to develop a cleaning routine to keep them operating properly. This means wiping them off with a dry cloth when you take them out, checking any components for excess earwax, and visually inspecting your hearing aid for any scratches or damage that may be causing them to act up. If you notice any kind of issue with your hearing aid or it’s not working as well as it once did, call our office to have one of our professionals examine it.

It’s also a good idea to have your hearing aid professionally cleaned twice a year; this allows your hearing specialist to check your device for any issues, in addition to thoroughly cleaning it.

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of hearing loss do I have?

Hearing loss affects people of all ages. The most common types of hearing loss are sensor neural hearing loss, conductive hearing loss and mixed hearing loss. These conditions can be caused by many factors, including injury and damage to the ear from loud noise or disease. The Types of Hearing Loss are

  1. Sensor neural Hearing Loss
  2. Sudden Sensor neural Hearing Loss
  3. Conductive Hearing Loss
  4. Mixed Hearing Loss
  5. Hearing Loss in Adults

Do both ears have the same hearing loss?

Yes, for many people, the left and right ears handle sound a little differently. If you have hearing loss, one ear probably has more than the other—but even more than that, since birth, your ears have been partial to different sounds. Asymmetrical hearing loss is when both of your ears hear equally well, but one ear has an advantage over the other. The hearing loss in your left or right ear could be due to a number of factors, including the shape of your ear canal and the way sound travels through it. It’s important to get a professional opinion because there are many different kinds of hearing loss and we want to make sure you’re getting the right treatment for yours!

Do I need a hearing aid for both ears?

Hearing aids can help you hear better in both ears and improve your speech, especially if you have hearing loss in both ears. With a full listening experience, our hearing aids can help you detect the sound direction and reduce the need for volume.

Which hearing aid is suitable based on this audiogram?

Your audiogram shows the results of a hearing test. It shows how well you hear sounds in terms of frequency (high-pitched sounds versus low-pitched sounds) and intensity, or loudness. Our hearing aids are designed to give you the clearest sound possible, so you can focus on the conversation at hand.

What is the advantage of upper level hearing aid in group?

Upper level hearing aid is lightweight, comfortable and discreet. We designed it to be worn behind your ear so you can wear it out of sight if you’re working or just want some peace and quiet.

Hearing aid technology simplified for you?

Our goal is to help you hear well. A hearing aid system consists of three elements: a microphone, an amplifier, and a speaker. We simplify the technology that helps you communicate more efficiently and enjoy your favourite activities with greater clarity, better quality, and more natural.

How hearing loss is classified?

While hearing loss is often misrepresented as a straightforward, single diagnosis, there are multiple problems behind it. Hearing loss affects every person differently and can have different symptoms. The good news is that many people with hearing loss can still hear some sounds. Hearing loss is classified on a scale of mild, moderate, severe, and profound hearing loss.

  1. Mild hearing loss: A hearing loss of 20 to 40 decibels.
  2. Moderate hearing loss: A hearing loss of 41 to 60 decibels.
  3. Severe hearing loss: A hearing loss of 61 to 80 decibels.

Hearing Loss can it be cure by medicine?

There is no cure for age-related hearing loss. However, there are many ways to improve your quality of life by getting help from hearing aids and other listening devices. No treatment can make your hearing better. But it is possible to regain your ability to understand speech and attend to sounds in noisy environments through the use of hearing aids or ear-level speakers.

Detecting Hearing Loss, What should be done now?

Once you detect hearing loss the evaluation reveals the real issue, our audiologist design a detailed plan of treatment keeping the client’s issues, lifestyle, and preferences in mind. We conduct regular monitoring of your ear aid so you see consistent and quick improvement in your hearing abilities Voila! Start living your life without the limitations posed by hearing loss.

Hearing loss, Is it something you should get treated for or can you wait?

If you’re experiencing difficulty hearing, or if others are asking you to repeat more often, get your hearing checked. When you start to experience difficulties in everyday life then may be time to get your hearing tested.

Why hearing aid is must?

A hearing loss diagnosis can be a huge wake-up call. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your hearing aid options. Hearing aids are designed to help you hear well than ever. With new technologies, a more comfortable fit, and built-in dual microphones, hearing aids make it easier for you to communicate in an enjoyable way.

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