It’s not just a shiny, new hearing aid advertised at a great price. It’s not about a product that needs 100 people to test it, or a hearing aid that’s backed by a celebrity. We all know that a hearing aid is a piece of very expensive electronics. It’s only of value if it’s in the right hands. Most of the time, you are paying for care.
It doesn’t matter that the hearing aid has fancy accessories or processes at lightning speeds. What does matter that whoever fits you does it the right way.
There are “best practices”, and unfortunately too many providers take shortcuts. Here is what you should expect:
- Taking a thorough case history is vital.
- Understanding what is important to you and learning about your lifestyle.
- Completing a hearing test which includes speech measurements both in quiet and noise.
- Measuring what is comfortable and uncomfortable should be documented.
- Knowing what is possible with your ear anatomy. This may require a scan or impression of your ear.
- Designing a solution to meet your needs.
- Assessing and measuring the hearing aids to assure that they are working properly.
- Taking measurements in the ear with and without amplification (real ear and speech mapping) and making appropriate changes.