The Hearing Aid Process in 4 Easy Steps
Step 1: Audiologic evaluation (hearing assessment)
The first step is to have your hearing checked.
A licensed hearing instrument professional, who specializes in evaluating and fitting hearing aids, will determine the type & extent of your hearing deficiency and its impact on your ability to understand conversation.
Step 2: Hearing Aid Recommendation
Following audiologic evaluation the hearing aid specialist will discuss the various types of hearing aids that would best suit your hearing loss and make a recommendation based on your individual lifestyle. We offer custom-tailored solutions at affordable prices. Also, at this appointment, depending upon what hearing aid style is chosen, impressions may be taken of your ears, so that your hearing aids may be custom fit.
Step 3: Hearing Aid Fitting
Based upon hearing aid style chosen, your hearing aids will arrive in approximately 7-14 days. At this time, an appointment will be made where the physical fit of the hearing aids will be checked. Also, at this time, the hearing aids will be adjusted and programmed to meet your individual hearing needs. During this visit, you will be instructed on how to insert and remove the hearing aids and how to adjust any controls your hearing aids may have. An owner’s manual and cleaning kit, along with any warranty information will be provided and reviewed.
Step 4: Hearing Aid Follow Up
A follow up appointment is important, as it takes time to acclimate to new hearing aids. In approximately 3 weeks after your hearing aid fitting appointment, your follow up appointment will be scheduled. During this appointment, your specialist may make any programming adjustments to your new hearing aids and answer any questions you may have. Keep in mind that you may require more than one follow up visit to achieve maximum benefit from your hearing aids.
In behind-the ear hearing aids, the receiver, microphone and amplifier are housed in a shell that fits behind the ear. A clear plastic tube connects the hearing aid to a custom earmold worn in the ear. Because of their large shell size, BTEs can hold more circuitry than other styles. BTEs can be fitted for people with a wide range of hearing losses.
Completely-in-the-canal custom-fit devices fit all the way in the ear canal. They are barely visible and cosmetically appealing. Some hearing aid wearers with narrow ear canals may not be candidates for CICs. These tiny hearing instruments are most suitable for mild to moderate losses.
Open Fit / RIC
Open Fit and RIC hearing aids are similar to traditional behind-the-ear hearing aids in that the shell fits behind the ear, but these are smaller and less noticeable than traditional BTEs. These Open Fit and RIC aids typically have a thin acoustic tube or transmission wire (in receiver-in-canal-instruments) that connects the shell to an open-fit ear bud or a custom earmold.
In-the-canal custom-fit hearing aids are smaller than ITEs and are partially visible in the outer ear. In-the-canal devices are best for mild to moderate losses, but can be used by some patients with moderately severe losses.
In-the-ear hearing aids have the circuitry built into a custom earmold that fills most of the visible portion of the ear, often referred to as a full-shell instrument. ITEs are best suited for mild to moderately severe hearing losses. ITEs are ideal for those with limited dexterity because of their size and easy-to-use controls.
Speciality Ear Molds
Catamaran Swim & Sleep Plugs
Catamaran floating plugs are a soft, flexible material that can be made in a variety of colors. Because of the comfort they can also be used as sleep plugs.
We can create custom ear pieces with receivers and coiled tubing.
Bluetooth Headset Molds
We can design a mold to fit almost any Bluetooth Headset.
Custom molds that can include hanger and screw or snap fastner.
Custom molds can give your headphones new life by increasing comfort or creating a better seal for more accurate sound reproduction.