Hearing Aid Evaluations
What to Expect During a Hearing Test
The first step to better hearing is to have a complete hearing assessment. The diagnostic audiologic evaluation determines your hearing ability across the frequency (pitch) range, as well as word recognition and discrimination scores. If a hearing loss is identified and use of amplification is warranted, then recommendations will be made to determine the most appropriate hearing aid solution.
To get started, the audiologist will take a complete case history to include specific scenarios where you are noticing hearing difficulties. The audiologist will ask you details about your family medical history, as well as your personal one. This could help the audiologist determine the part of your ear in which hearing loss occurs, and its potential causes.
As hearing loss affects many different areas of our lives, this conversation will also include a discussion about your lifestyle, employment, and regular activities and hobbies. The more detail you can provide, the more comprehensive picture the audiologist will have of your hearing needs.
Hearing Aid Fitting/Programming and Aftercare
During the fitting process, Ms. Duffy will customize the acoustic settings of the hearing aids based on your specific hearing loss and communication needs. A 30-day assessment period then is provided with the chosen hearing aids allowing you to utilize the instruments in your daily listening environments to assess their benefit. The comments you provide during the fitting process and subsequent visits assist Ms. Duffy to fine tune the settings of the hearing aids to maximize their performance.
Hearing Aid Warranties and Repairs
All new hearing aids dispensed by HearCare Rhode Island are covered by a two-year manufacturer's repair warranty and loss/damage policy. Repair services also are available for all makes and models of hearing aids regardless of whether or not you initially purchased your aids from our practice. Often times, repairs can be made at our practice while you wait. In the event that your hearing aids are damaged beyond our ability to remedy in-house, we send the to manufacturer to be repaired.