If your audiological evaluation determines that you are in need of amplification, the audiologist will recommend a hearing aid evaluation. You will work with the audiologist at Annapolis Hearing Aid Associates to select the hearing aid that is most appropriate for your hearing loss, lifestyle, and budget.
What To Expect at Your Hearing Aid Evaluation
- Review Audiogram
The audiologist will review the hearing test with you and explain the impact hearing loss can have on communication. It is important for the audiologist to understand how you view your communication abilities so that he or she can make appropriate recommendations.
- Explain hearing aid styles and technology
The audiologist will explain how hearing aids work, show you the styles that are appropriate for your hearing needs and personal preference, and review how hearing aids differ between certain levels of technology.
- Review Annapolis Hearing Aid Associates pricing and policies
The audiologist will give you the price of the recommended hearing aids and review our policies on service, warranty, trial period, and payment.
- Decision Making Process
Annapolis Hearing Aid Associates takes pride in their patient oriented model in regards to hearing aids. The audiologists’ goal is to improve communication and quality of life through the use of amplification and other assistive listening devices. The decision to get hearing aids is yours and the audiologist is there for support through the evaluation, fitting, and follow up process.
What to Expect at the Hearing Aid Fitting
The hearing aid fitting appointment is a very important step in making sure that the hearing aid is fitting and functioning properly. We encouraged you to bring a family member or friend to the fitting appointment for support.
The audiologist will set the hearing aid to the proper levels in order to achieve good sound quality and audibility. The audiologist verifies these levels with real ear measurements. Real ear measures are a reliable method for verifying the hearing aid is programmed appropriately and helps the audiologist with future troubleshooting. Once the hearing aid is set properly, special care is taken to set expectations and to review care, maintenance, and insertion and removal the hearing aid and batteries.
Additional follow up appointments are scheduled throughout the life of the hearing aid. You can expect more frequent follow ups in the beginning in order to optimize programming for your hearing loss and listening needs. As you become the experienced user, follow up can be less frequent. Annual hearing tests are recommended to ensure the hearing aid is programmed to your current hearing sensitivity.