If you think you or a loved one has a hearing loss, ask these
Do you have difficulty hearing in noisy environments?
Do feel that you can hear, but can't understand?
Do others say that you keep the TV turned up too loud?
Do you frequently ask others to repeat themselves?
Do you frequently feel frustrated by your difficulty in understanding
If the answer is "yes" to two
or more of these questions, then it is likely that there is some
hearing loss. The first step is to have a medical evaluation
to find out if the hearing loss is medically treatable. You may
do this through your own physician, or we would be happy to schedule
you to see one of our ENT physicians for this evaluation, which
will include a hearing assessment by one of our audiologists.
If the physician and audiologist recommend hearing aids, and
you have decided you are ready for them, then you may choose
to undergo a hearing aid assessment.
Aid Fitting and Orientation
While assessing you for hearing aids, the audiologist
will explain how your specific hearing loss is impacting
you, and what you can expect from amplification. Then she
will ask you questions about about your lifestyle and your
listening needs. The degree of your hearing loss and the
anatomy of your ear will let the audiologist know what
style of hearing aids will work best for you. Your dexterity
will also be taken into account. Several types of hearing
instruments will be discussed to determine which one will
benefit you. Hearing losses are very individual, so the
hearing instrument that worked great for your spouse or
friend may not be the best device for you.
Will you do better
with two hearing instruments? If you
have a hearing loss in two ears, it would be of benefit
to try a hearing device in both ears during the trial period.
Two hearing aids can give a person a better sense of direction,
a more natural sound, and help with speech understanding
in noisy environments. However, if you are concerned that
it may be difficult to adjust to two hearing aids right
away, you might consider getting one now, and getting the
second one at a later date.
With today's digital
hearing aid technology, we are able to provide patients
with instruments that have a clearer sound, smaller appearance,
better comfort, and increased overall satisfaction. Hearing
aids do not restore hearing to normal. However, they
can make communication with friends and family much easier.
Once you decide to try hearing aids, impressions of your
ears will be made (if needed), and your hearing instruments
will be ordered. Up to two weeks later, you will be fit
with your new devices and begin your 30-day trial period.
On the day of your
fitting, your audiologist will program the hearing aids,
fine-tuning them for your preferences. She will then walk you through the use and
care of your hearing aids. Quite a bit of information is
provided at this time, so it can be beneficial to bring
a friend or family member along. Then you will be advised
to wear the hearing aids every day in a variety of listening
During your trial
period, you can expect to come back to see your audiologist
at least twice. During those visits,
the audiologist may make adjustments to the hearing aids
as needed, and review your use and care of the hearing
aids. It is vital to your success with the hearing aids
to actively participate in the trial period. This involves
wearing the hearing instruments every day, and communicating
with your audiologist about any benefits or difficulties
The fee for a hearing evaluation depends
on the type of tests used. The price of the hearing instruments
depends on the style and technology level of the hearing
aid selected. Hearing instruments are available to fit
every budget and lifestyle. Keep in mind that you do have
the right to return your hearing aids during the 30-day
trial period. If you do return them, you will get your
deposit back, minus a small nonrefundable fitting fee.
Westshore Hearing Center is a hearing aid provider for
several commercial health insurance plans. Please be sure
to check with your insurance company to see if you have
a hearing aid benefit.
Once your hearing aids have been fit
to your satisfaction, we will ask you to come back in a year to have them cleaned and checked. Of
course, you may have your hearing instruments checked by
us at any time. By having the hearing aids routinely cleaned
by one of our audiologists, it will ensure that their sound
quality will remain good, and it will extend the life of
your hearing aids.