After a comprehensive hearing evaluation, you will be scheduled for a hearing aid evaluation if your hearing loss is not medically or surgically treatable. Your hearing aid evaluation entails the following:
Hearing Aid Evaluation
Hearing Aid Selection
In today’s world, there are many different styles of hearing aids (the way they look) and technology levels (basic, mid-level and premium). We will discuss features such as Bluetooth® and other wireless connectivity devices to enhance your listening experiences in a wide variety of situations.
Based on your hearing loss, communication needs and budget, we will assist you in selecting the most appropriate style and technology to best match your hearing loss and lifestyle. Keep in mind, everyone’s hearing loss is different and listening needs are unique, so what we recommend for you may be quite different for what we recommend for someone else. See our “Hearing Aids” link for a comparison of the different styles we carry. Depending on the style you choose, you may need to have impressions made of your ears.
Below is a list of the manufacturers we feature to find a product best suited for your listening needs:
Hearing Aid Fitting
After you have selected the best hearing aids for your needs, we will schedule an appointment for you to be fitted with them. We will program the hearing aids to your hearing loss and perform “Real Ear” measurements to ensure audibility of speech sounds. By performing Real Ear measurements, we can determine an accurate fit of your hearing aids for soft speech, moderate speech and loud speech. We also want to ensure that loud sounds are not uncomfortably loud for you. This process involves putting a small and very thin flexible probe microphone into your ear canal. This allows us to specifically tailor the hearing aids for your listening needs and takes into account the acoustics of your individual ear canals. Real Ear measurements make the appointment more interactive and can reduce the number of office visits required for successful hearing aid programming.
Our audiologist will explain how to use these devices, how to put them in your ear(s) and how to remove them, how to change batteries and how to care for and clean the devices. We will also counsel you on realistic expectations during your first few weeks with your hearing aids. We encourage you to bring family members to your hearing aid fitting so they understand what the hearing aids will do for you. We understand that you will experience a variety of different emotions during this process and we are here to guide you every step of the way.
We firmly believe that attitude is one important key success with hearing aids. Hearing aid studies have shown that people who have a positive attitude do better with hearing aids. If you, as well as your spouse or family, approach your hearing aid fitting with a positive outlook, you will have a much better listening experience more quickly. Keep in mind that it may take some time to get used to the sounds you were missing, and by working closely with your audiologist you will get the most out of your new hearing aids.
At Silicon Valley Hearing, any programming or adjustments are included (free of charge) within the first year of your purchase. We offer lifetime cleaning services at no additional charge. Please call us whenever you are having problems and we will gladly assist you.