3 Key Steps to Find A Hearing Aid Centre That Is Right for You
Digital hearing aids come built with a powerful minicomputer. This minicomputer analyses your sound environment from data gathered by the built-in microphone. The highest quality hearing aids only amplify the pitches you need help with; they remove any excess sound and amplify the personalized result in your ears.
The right hearing aid for you depends on several factors including the type and severity of your hearing loss, your lifestyle, and your manual dexterity. However, a hearing aid that one person likes might not work for someone else, even if both have almost identical audiograms.
Even within the same brand, there can be several versions of a given model. That kind of variation makes comparing hearing aid models and brands very challenging.
When it comes to getting the hearing aids that suit your hearing needs, this is what you should do.
Find a hearing centre with licensed hearing professionals
When searching for a hearing care centre, prioritize finding a location where a professional can assess your hearing and provide individualized counselling based on your specific needs. The centre should test your hearing in a soundproof booth and should give you a copy of the hearing test results. The provider should verify that the hearing aids are working effectively for you (including in a noisy environment). He or she should also review the instructional brochure that accompanies the hearing aids.
Find a convenient clinic location
Find a provider who has a local hearing centre near your home or work. There is also an added benefit if you choose a hearing centre that is part of a larger network as this will give you access to a large network of hearing care providers– professional help is never too far away. Your hearing aid provider should have convenient business hours, offer walk-in repair service, and make it easy to schedule an appointment.
Choose a provider that offers personalized, ongoing customer care
Your hearing is as unique as your fingerprint. Unlike standardized solutions, specialized hearing care centers allow you to build a relationship with your hearing care provider, and you will have the choice of a large spectrum of hearing aid types and brands so that you can find the optimal solution for you. The provider should discuss the effects of hearing loss on your lifestyle and relationships, and how best to manage difficult listening situations. The conversation should touch on the level of challenges you experience in hearing over the phone. The provider should ask about your manual dexterity and vision status because these can affect your ability to handle hearing aids successfully. The dispenser should also discuss realistic expectations and ask about your lifestyle, which can affect your choice of style and recommended features.
HearingLife clinics are staffed by licensed hearing professionals ready to serve our hearing needs. To book a free, no obligation appointment with one of HearingLife’s 300+ clinics, visit hearinglife.ca or call 1-833-766-8444.