Once a hearing evaluation has been completed and a hearing loss is diagnosed, a hearing aid trial may be recommended. If you have decided to explore the option of purchasing hearing aids, an appointment is scheduled for a hearing aid evaluation.
Hearing Aid Evaluation:
You and the audiologist begin the process by discussing your lifestyle, living arrangement and specific activities that are enjoyed (e.g. attending lectures or musical events). This gives the audiologist a better understanding of your hearing concerns and how the hearing aid will need to perform. Any dexterity or vision issues will also be addressed. Specific features and styles of hearing instruments will be discussed depending on your needs. At the end of the appointment, you and the audiologist will determine which hearing aid style and level of technology are most suitable, the cost and services included in the hearing aid purchase, and the refund amount if you decide to return one or both hearing aids before the 45 day trial period.
Hearing Aid Fitting and Counseling:
Your audiologist will program the hearing aids and check the physical fit of the instruments. Realistic expectations and good communication strategies will be reviewed. You will practice inserting the hearing aids, changing the batteries and learn how to keep them clean. The follow up appointment will be scheduled approximately one week after the initial fitting appointment. Take notes when in various listening environments and assess how the hearing aids are working so you can report back your findings to the audiologist at the follow up visit.
Hearing Aid Fitting Verification:
Real Ear measures are used to determine the level of amplification at the eardrum while using the hearing aids. This is an objective measure of the function of the hearing aids in relation to the hearing loss as determined by the original hearing test.
Hearing Aid Follow up:
Remember to bring your notes! You will discuss the first week of hearing aid use and ask questions. Adjustments to the sound of the hearing aids may be made at this time. Your progress will determine the number of follow up visits within the 45 day trial period.
New York State law allows for the return of hearing aids within 45 days of purchase if the patient is not satisfied with the fitting. The New York State Hearing Aid Dispensing Law states the percentage of charges that can be retained by the facility to cover the cost of the sessions spent by the audiologist for the hearing aid evaluation, fitting and follow up visits during the 45 day trial period.