Hearing Aid Fittings
Our audiologists are experts in hearing aid fitting, they are trained to fit your aids accurately and to help you to become used to hearing sounds again so you can comfortably use your hearing aids all day and every day.
A successful hearing aid solution depends on the selection of the right hearing aids and the professional hearing services you receive. To help in the selection of the right hearing aids, we will discuss with you, your hearing levels, communication needs, your lifestyle, and your budget. We will then discuss which hearing aids will best meet these needs. We offer a range of the latest hearing aids from leading manufacturers. Read more about the range of hearing aids - click here.
Once selected, your hearing aids will be fitted by our expert audiologists who will also offer you ongoing advice and support in your transition to wearing your hearing aids full time. A number of appointments are required for this process (see chart below). This is standard in our practice and ensures the highest possible performance from your hearing aids.
For some, this is a relatively quick and smooth process, but for others, it may take a little longer and additional appointments may be required - these are included in the price of your hearing aids solution.
Before you purchase hearing aids, you need to determine if you actually need them. A thorough assessment of your hearing and a professional analysis of the results is the only way to determine if you have the type of hearing difficulty that can be fixed either; medically, surgically, with a hearing aid, by changing the way you communicate, or with a combination of these.
A full hearing test takes about an hour and costs $175.
The “free” test some clinics use as a marketing tool to get you in the door is usually a basic screening test and may not be conducted by an audiologist or an audiometrist (who has a TAFE qualification in conducting hearing tests and fitting hearing aids) but by someone without training in audiology.
We will discuss with you a range of hearing aids suitable for your hearing levels, type of hearing loss, communication and lifestyle needs, and your budget.
Your new hearing aids are fitted to suit the shape of your ear, programmed to match your prescription and personalised to your hearing and communication needs.
We spend time explaining how and where to use the hearing aids and their various features and functions to ensure that you get the best outcomes in a wide range of listening situations. We will instruct you on how to maintain your aids so that you can get years of use.
Your audiologist will give you tactics and strategies on how to get used to hearing sounds again and getting used to your hearing aids.
The vast majority of people fitted with hearing aids need to change their communications patterns and this is virtually impossible to do by yourself. After programming the aids, less than 5% of people can put on their hearing aids and walk away without any other support.
We live in a noisy world and you may need to adapt to the new amplified sounds and background noise that you will be hearing with your new hearing aids. This may require a couple (or more) visits to your audiologist for adjustment and therapy. This process of fine-tuning the aids and further therapy is carried out so the aids are just right for you.
We schedule an annual review of your hearing and the hearing aids are cleaned and checked. This ensues that we can address any changes to your hearing or your communication needs that may occur over time and we can keep the hearing aids working optimally for you.
Over time, your hearing may change, your listening and communication needs may change, or the hearing aids may need repair or upgrading.
Please don't hesitate to make an appointment to review any difficulties you may be experiencing at any time.