1. Pre-Assess your hearing
We encourage everyone to get their hearing screened or tested on an annual basis after the age of 50, and sooner if they are noticing a decrease in hearing sensitivity prior to that.
Discovering and treating a hearing loss early can be very beneficial for the ones who suffer from hearing loss and to those around them.
Numerous studies have determined that hearing health directly correlates to an individual’s overall health. It has also been proven that hearing well can positively affect your earning capabilities, relationships, and general quality of life.
Unfortunately, medical insurance typically does not cover the cost for a comprehensive hearing evaluation, but a free hearing screening can quickly and easily determine whether or not a hearing loss exists.
At Prescott Hearing, we offer free screenings to anyone curious about their hearing level. Our comprehensive hearing evaluation is an in-depth exam using state-of-the-art technology and will allow us to assess the type and severity of your hearing loss should one exist.
This evaluation takes about a half hour and gives us the basis to determine the best solution for your hearing care needs.
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2. The initial appointment
When you come to our office for your hearing assessment, we will ask you to complete a short intake questionnaire. We gather a hearing case history about you to determine if you may have any medical issues which may be related to your hearing loss.
Of course, if there is a suspected medical concern, we would refer you out to an appropriate medical professional.
We then perform a complete battery of hearing tests, including a visual inspection of the ear, pure tone testing, various speech tests, and also a speech-in-noise test, since hearing in noise is often where people have the most difficulty.
These test results help us determine the type and degree of hearing loss, and are used to develop the best treatment plan for you.
3. Developing a treatment plan
We keep the patient’s desires of what kind of hearing aid she or he would like as the framework when selecting the appropriate amplification solution.
However, we also pay attention to dexterity, cognitive function, hearing level, and other considerations relating to hearing aid use and success.
The style, size, technology level, color, and other features of the hearing aid are all discussed thoroughly throughout the selection process.
After the appropriate device is selected, an impression of the ear may be needed for custom fitted hearing aids. This process takes just a few minutes, but is necessary when we need a hearing aid customized to the user’s ear. This is most common for the tiny invisible hearing aids and when users have difficulty with retention (falling out of ear) of a hearing aid.
In some cases, a hearing aid may not be the appropriate treatment.
At Prescott Hearing, we also offer an array of other devices to help enhance hearing when hearing aids are not the best solution.
Maybe a captioning phone, a TV headset, a lighted doorbell, or a personal listening system may be the best solution for the patient.
You can be assured that your concerns will be understood and all the appropriate options will be presented to you when it comes to solving your hearing related concerns.
4. Implementing the treatment plan
When hearing aids are determined to be the best solutions, we either order them from the lab, or if we have them in stock, they can often be fitted the same day. Using the results from the hearing test, we determine the amplification requirements needed to meet the prescribed settings of the patient.
By implementing real ear measurements, we adjust for the individual’s personalized target gain and save these amplification settings into the hearing aids themselves.
Sometimes, for a new user, these settings may seem to be a bit too much. If that is the case, we allow the user to then select his or her most desirable settings for the immediate comfort and enjoyment of the new hearing aids.
By incorporating the built-in acclimatization manager within the hearing aids, the devices will automatically adjust to the prescribed target level simply by the user wearing the devices every day.
Using this process, the hearing aids sound good on the first day, but ultimately get to the prescribed settings in a relatively short period of time without the frustration of them needing to be adjusted every few days.
5. 30-day verification and continued support
Asking “how does that sound”, is not good enough when fitting a hearing aid. While it is absolutely important to the user’s comfort and perception of the hearing aid’s performance, it is not adequate in determining the overall function of the hearing aids for the maximum benefit of the patient.
Within the 30-day trial period, we ask the patient to come back after the hearing aids have been fitted.
At that appointment, we perform a speech understanding test to determine the overall effectiveness of the hearing aids. This test will demonstrate the improvement of the patient’s hearing when comparing to previous tests performed.
In the event our patients need minor adjustments to their hearing aids after the final adjustments have been made, we can make them in our office or even remotely on some of our devices via a free phone app using our Telecare Online Support.
This convenient service not only saves a trip to our office, but is offered free of charge.
We do encourage annual follow-up consultation to retest your hearing and re-adjust your hearing aids. Much like we lose our hearing slowly in the first place, our hearing will continue to decline over time. Why have hearing aids that may be underperforming?
Keeping your hearing aids working properly is worth the effort. You and everyone around you will appreciate it.
At Prescott Hearing, we have been fitting hearing instruments since 1999. We are constantly researching and advancing in the industry.
Give us a call or visit us to receive a free hearing consultation.