The right choice of hearing instrument type and technology is determined by the individual hearing loss and anatomical features of the ear. Hearingcare professionals and medical practitioners can advise you on the various possibilities available. The following explanations may be useful to you.
Hearing Aids / Tinnitus Treatment
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Choices in Selecting Hearing Aids & Professional Hearing Aid Services
individually for each ear and entered in an audiogram. The hearingcare professional presents you with the technological possibilities that would help in your case.
The hearing loss, the shape of your ear canals, your needs, taste and budget are all taken into account to make the right decision concerning your hearing instruments and their technology, be it an in-the-ear or a behind-the-ear-model, digital, digitally programmable, analog, with or without a remote control or FM-receiver etc.
The hearingcare professional may take an ear impression, an accurate replica of your ear canal, which is the basis for the ITE-shell (in case ITEs are used) or the BTE-earmold.
2nd session with the hearingcare professional: fitting of hearing instrument
The hearing care professional has prepared your new hearing instruments. He/she will fit them into your ears and tune them to your specific hearing loss and your preferences. Additionally, he/she will inform you about the handling – how to insert and operate them and how to adjust the volume. You will also become familiar with their maintenance – how to change the batteries, clean and dry the instruments, etc... Finally, he/she might present you with some hearing examples and give you more details about the way your hearing instruments react in different situations. Now, you can return home with your new devices.
First steps with your new instrument
In the next few days you will become familiar with your new hearing instruments as you wear them for a few hours each day. Probably the easiest way to get to know and appreciate your new hearing instruments is to wear them in familiar surroundings. Get to know their characteristics when you speak to somebody and while you watch television etc. Your own voice might sound strange to you, possibly louder. If the loudness of other voices is appropriate, you might simply have learned to speak up in order to be able to
hear your own voice at all. Practice speaking with a softer voice.
Once you have become accustomed to the hearing instruments you will have an idea as to what could still be improved. You might want to have certain settings changed. Make a note of the situations which you think could be improved and visit your hearingcare professional who will fine-tune your hearing instruments accordingly.
3rd session with the hearingcare professional: Fine-tuning
Your hearing care professional will fine-tune your instruments according to your experiences. He/she will also answer some of your questions and give you general advice. Your hearing instrument now should have reached the stage where it is comfortably worn and offers the best possible intelligibility.
Whenever you have questions do not hesitate to contact your hearingcare professional who will be happy to assist you.
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Continue to use your hearing instruments on a daily basis for several hours. In this way you will learn to use them best and benefit from them the most. Your hearing will be “trained” by the newly audible sounds and remains active, preventing a deterioration of the links between inner ear and brain. You will also find out whether you would benefit from any complementary devices such as an FM system which would give you additional support in difficult situations with noise, reverberation or distance or make watching television and making phone-calls easier.
Hearing Aid Evaluation
This is a series of tests that have been developed to assess what type of hearing instrument would be most beneficial or an individual’s hearing impairment. Generally, a generic description of the hearing aid’s specifications is then discussed with the client, and the availability of a trial period with the recommended hearing instrument follows
Real Ear/Acoustic Resonance Imaging
This computerized imaging test demonstrates the degree to which a patient’s hearing loss is being improved (for tonal hearing) when wearing hearing aids. This test also validates the appropriateness of the overall loudness and shape of the amplification that the patient’s hearing aid is providing for the given loss and circumstances presented at time of test.
Time required for service is 30 to 45 minutes.
Computer Hearing Aid Analysis
This test is designed to evaluate the exact acoustical operating condition of a hearing aid. It will show any deficiency in the amplified sound from the hearing aid. A specialized computer is used to perform this analysis.
Hearing Aid Maintenance Service These services should be performed on all hearing aids at regular 6-month intervals. This is to help ensure a hearing aid’s proper working condition. Services include cleaning of the aid and ear mold, computer diagnostic testing, moisture and debris removal, replacement of aging components, and more. (factors such as make, model, and age determine specific maintenance capabilities and limitations)
Time required for service is 15 to 30 minutes.
Hearing Healthcare Professionals:
Charles A. Herb, BC/HIS, ACA
Board Certified Licensed Dispenser NJ #352 PA#2030
Brian J. Herb
New Jersey Licensed Hearing Aid Dispenser License #25MG0001027
Julie L. Herb
Dispenser License #25MG00122600