Hearing Aid Fittings
Wherever you are in your journey to better hearing, whether you're considering hearing aids for the first time or you are seeking to upgrade your current hearing aids, we can provide solutions anywhere along your journey to better hearing. Below are the steps in a typical journey to better hearing. We are happy to welcome you at any stage of your journey.
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 or with a combination of these.
- Free hearing tests for pensioners and veterans under the Government's Hearing Services Program (formerly OHS)
- A self-funded hearing test takes about an hour and costs $175
- A “free” basic screening test (less than 10min) is available for the purpose of ascertaining whether you have a hearing loss or not. if a hearing loss is identified, your clinician will recommend a comprehensive 1 hr hearing test for you.
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.