Hearing Aid Fitting / Consultation
Upon completion of a thorough hearing test, the clinician will assess whether the patient is an ideal candidate for hearing aids. Different styles, levels of technology, cost and expectations will be discussed with the patient for an informed choice of product. Once the patient has decided on which hearing aid to get, he/she will need to come back for the hearing aid fitting where the clinician will program the hearing aid based on the hearing test result. Our clinician will also discuss with the patient not only the different features of the device, but also how to caring & maintenance tips, as well as the general handling of the hearing aids.
Hearing Aid Post Fitting Evaluation
To ensure a successful hearing aid fitting, the clinician will first need to verify that the hearing aids are providing the correct amount of amplification. This is done by taking real ear measurements (REM). Your ear canal shape and length causes a certain change to the acoustics entering your ear canal and impact your auditory system. REM or In-Situ measuring takes this acoustic difference into account when a hearing aid is put into your ear. The levels are measured and the hearing aid is programmed to match specific targets we create based on your hearing test results and your ear canal resonance. This is the best way to ensure we have objective measures of sound going into your ears so we can make sure you are getting the appropriate amplification you need.
Patients will need further counseling, minor adjustments, and cleanings. Depending on technology, the patient might also need the adding or deleting of programs, retesting, and reprogramming. Further adjustment of the hearing aid programming is done if necessary, as well as a review of basic care and maintenance.
There is currently no scientific or medical cure, but there are several ways patients can learn to manage and cope with it. One of the most popular and effective methods is through the use of Tinnitus Maskers and/or through Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT), which is a form of habituation therapy specifically designed to help patients suffering from tinnitus.
A typical management plan comprises of the following:
1. Tinnitus Assessment- Audiological examination and Questionnaires
2. Tinnitus Counselling- To educate the patient on his condition and discussing the best options available tailored to his needs.
3. Hearing aids- If hearing loss is present, the aid will be able to help with hearing as well as relieving tinnitus, and this approach is highly effective.
4. Tinnitus sound generators/maskers- The aim of sound generators are to help distract the system from focusing on the sound of tinnitus, and to reduce the contrast between the tinnitus sound and background noise, thereby teaching the brain to reclassify the sound as unimportant. This will reduce the patient’s perception of the tinnitus and promote long term habituation.