Guide to Purchasing Hearing Aids

  Purchasing hearing aids can be a difficult and confusing decision without the proper guidance and information. The first step is to have a thorough hearing evaluation that details the type, degree, and configuration of your hearing across the sound spectrum required to hear and understand speech. This information shows the audiologist if hearing aids would be of benefit to you or if you need to see a physician to treat an underlying medical condition first.  
  Once it has been established that hearing aids are the appropriate method to treat your hearing loss, you will need to review your lifestyle and communication needs. Do you talk on the phone a lot, eat at restaurants regularly, or attend weekly meetings in large rooms or by conference phone at work? This is important information to share. The selection of proper amplification is a detailed process of matching listening in various situations to the many features now available in digital instruments such as noise management systems, directional microphones, and telephone compatibility.  
  We also consider your preferences, concerns, and ability to handle the instruments, and stay with you for fine tuning and guidance through the adjustment and learning process. We encourage you to bring your questions and concerns to us, so that we can better meet your needs. We want you to succeed in this journey and improve your ability to satisfactorily function in your daily communication with family, friends, and co-workers.  
  Assessment of Hearing Aid Performance  
  Despite many new innovations and refined programming protocols built into the instrument manufacturers fitting software platforms, each person’s perception of sound quality, preferences for comfort, and ear canal resonance characteristics will be different. These need to be addressed for you to have a successful trial with new hearing aids and to receive the most benefit possible from this technology. One of the most proven techniques available to verify the accuracy of your fitting is to measure the output of the hearing aid from within you own ear canal. This technique is called “real ear” measurements and allows us to see the instrument’s function on a graph.    
  There are different approaches to performing thisverification, on of which is Visible or Live Speech Mapping. With this approach, we areable to present music, recorded speech, speech against noise, or your spouse’s voice to you while you listen with the hearing aids. A tiny microphone placed in your ear beside the hearing aid speaker measures the sound close to your eardrum and displays the results in real time on a screen, along with other hearing aid performance measures. If something needs adjusting, we can make the needed changes right in the office.  
  Hearing Aid Battery Program  
  Advanced Hearing Center offers a battery program to provide you with quality batteries at competitive prices from the convenience of your own home. When purchased this way, the price breakdown is $3.50 per package. You purchase a book of coupons which you use as needed by mailing a coupon to us. We then mail your batteries directly to you at your address.  
  Additional Items  
  All individuals who purchase hearing aids from The Advanced Hearing Center also receive the following at no additional charge:  
  A complete two or three year warranty, depending on model  
  Minimum 30 day trial period with partial refund if the instruments are returned  
  An adaptation and evaluation period  
  Unlimited counseling and follow-up visits during the first year  
  Two years in-office hearing aid servicing  
  Several months supply of batteries while you adapt to and evaluate your new hearing instruments  

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