Hearing Aid Dispensing and Fitting
Get the most out of your hearing aids, and minimize the effects of your hearing loss with a properly fitted hearing aid.
Hearing aid technology has changed drastically over the years- they are now discreet, comfortable, and smarter than ever. Although there are a variety of hearing aids on the market, not all styles are suitable for everyone.
Here is a closer look at the Program of Care at Port Credit Audiology
Following your hearing assessment, here is how your audiologist with develop an individualized treatment plan for your hearing loss:
Hearing Aid Evaluation
Hearing loss is a personal experience, and is unique to you. There are many factors to consider when prescribing a hearing aid, and a personalized treatment plan is necessary for success. Once your audiologist has established all of your needs, you will receive a prescription for the hearing aids best suited for your hearing loss, lifestyle, and budget. The prescription will include the style of hearing aid, and accessories, if required.
Your audiologist understands the impact a hearing loss can have on those around you, and recommends bringing a loved one to the appointment with you. They can provide their own accounts of your day-to-day communication, and provide support during the appointment. Hearing loss not only has an impact on the individual, but also on their family members and those around them.
Depending on the style of your hearing aid, it generally takes 3-10 business days to be made and delivered to Port Credit Audiology. Click here to explore hearing aid styles!
Hearing Aid Fitting
Ears come in different shapes and sizes, and there is not a one size fits all solution for fitting hearing aids. A hearing aid is properly programmed while on the ear using a method called real ear measurements. Your audiologist will place a small microphone inside your ear canal to measure how your hearing aids are working, and verify that they are set correctly based on your hearing loss and the size and shape of your ear. Research has proven this is a vital step, but is often not completed at other clinics.
Here are a few of the benefits for using real ear measurements :
- Verifies hearing aids are set accurately to your prescription
- Ensures the proper function of hearing aids to effectively hear speech
- Leads to more successful hearing aid outcomes
- Provides immediate and tangible results
- Provides a visual representation of how you are hearing and how adjustments to your hearing aids will have an impact
Port Credit Audiology takes pride in knowing all patients are fit with evidence-based practices, in order to provide patients with individualized care to maximize the benefit of your hearing aids.
During your hearing aid fitting appointment, your audiologist will also teach you how to insert and remove your hearing aids, change batteries or use your charger, and how to clean and maintain your hearing aids day-to-day.
Attitude is one important key to success with hearing aids. Hearing aid studies have shown that people who have a positive attitude do better with hearing aids. If you, as well as your spouse or family, approach your hearing aid fitting with a positive outlook you will have a much better listening experience more quickly. Keep in mind that it may take some time to get used to the sounds you were missing, and by working closely with your hearing professional, you will get the most out of your new hearing aids.
You will be seen for follow up appointments to ensure you are benefiting from your hearing aids, and your audiologist will make any adjustments, if needed. Your trusted team will provide the support you need to maximize your hearing aids.
All patients will be seen every six months for a follow up, but are welcome to book an appointment at any time to review your hearing aid settings, programs or how to clean and take care of your hearing aids.
We recommend bringing a loved one to the appointment with you. They can provide their own accounts of your day-to-day communication, and provide support during the appointment. Hearing loss not only has an impact on the individual, but also on their family members and those around them.
By improving your hearing, you can continue participating in the activities you enjoy, minimizing the impact of hearing loss on you and your loved ones, ultimately leading to a life that is richer and healthier.
At Port Credit Audiology & Hearing Aid Clinic, we are here to support you every step of the way. By improving your hearing you can continue participating in the activities you enjoy, minimizing the impact of hearing loss on you and your loved ones, ultimately leading to a life that is richer and healthier.