I think I need a Hearing Aid - what happens during the first appointment?
Your Independent audiologist will first take a history of your hearing difficulties. It is important that your lifestyle and hearing requirements are fully understood. Only then can a successful result be achieved. A comprehensive hearing assessment will include examination of your ears, a hearing test using pure tones at different pitches, and also word-recognition tests. The results will be explained and together the best options to resolve your hearing difficulties will be discussed.
What type of hearing aid will be best for me?
Your audiologist will take into account many factors when outlining what hearing aid may be best for you, some of these are:
Can you tell me what happens when I decide to trial hearing aids?
Once you have decided to trial hearing aids you will be given a quotation for the aids that you have selected. If you accept the quotation, the hearing aids will be ordered by the audiologist and a fitting appointment arranged.
The fitting appointment usually takes about 45 minutes to an hour. First, the aids will be programmed via a computer to suit your specific hearing needs, and their performance tested and fine-tuned in a number of ways. You will then be shown how to use the hearing aids and can practice putting them on your ears. After the first fitting appointment, you will have a series of follow-up appointments, where you will report how you are progressing and if you have encountered any problems. Often adjustments are made at this stage and sometimes, a different model of hearing aid will be trialled.
Independent audiologists value your feedback while you are trialling your hearing aids, so the very best solution can be found to meet your needs. It is very important while you have hearing aids on trial that you your audiologist works with you to 'get it right'
Further annual follow-ups will be arranged by your audiologists, so any changes in your hearing loss can be compensated for with adjustments to your hearing aids.
After sale care and service is a very important part of the purchase of hearing aids from any NZiAud clinic.
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