When your audiologist recommends hearing aids, the selection is only the beginning of the process. Equally important is the fitting, which involves programming your hearing aids and making adjustments to provide the correct levels of amplification for your specific type of hearing loss and your individual listening needs. No two hearing losses are created equal and what works for one, may not for another. Counseling ensures that you have realistic expectations which is crucial for long-term success.
Much like computers, hearing aid technology is advancing very quickly. Our expert staff is trained in the latest technology to ensure we are on the cutting edge of what is available for best hearing outcomes. We work with all major hearing aid manufacturers to ensure the most appropriate recommendation is provided.
Counseling for Patients and Families
We understand the decision to obtain a hearing aid can be an arduous process. Our goal is to help patients and their families not only understand hearing, but how a loss of hearing may impact daily communicative function and interaction. We pride ourselves on the ability to achieve optimal success through the use of amplification and other assistive listening devices, but we also strive to explain the realistic expectations of hearing aid function.
We want to work with patients and their family members to create an open line of communication with the goal of improving overall quality of life.
How Are Hearing Aids Fitted?
Your audiologist at North Shore Audio-Vestibular Lab will ensure the physical fit is appropriate in order to maximize comfort. They will then be programmed and adjusted based on your hearing loss and lifestyle needs. We will then discuss the care and maintenance of your hearing aids. You will learn how to use them correctly, adjust for different hearing environments, insert and remove them, change the batteries/use a charger and clean and care for them properly. You will also learn tips and strategies for better communication.
What Kind of Follow-Up Care Can I Expect?
Your audiologist will schedule a follow-up appointment a few weeks after your initial fitting. During this appointment, your hearing audiologist will fine-tune and adjust your hearing aids as needed and answer any questions you may have. Adjustment to hearing aids is variable and is influenced by many variables, including the type and degree of hearing loss. Additional appointments will be scheduled as deemed appropriate.