Stepping Stones to Better Hearing
We understand that the investment in the solution to a hearing loss is a considered one. This is especially so for those embarking on the journey to better hearing for the first time.
It's an unknown world which you will be approaching with a good deal of emotion; the hope of finding a solution mixed with the fear of not doing so, or worse still finding the wrong solution. That is why on average it takes seven years from the realisation of hearing loss until action to correct it is taken.
Our step by step approach allows you to test and measure these fears and emotions in the real world of hearing care.
First steps involve only a minimal commitment of your time and there is no financial obligation until the end of the process if you arrive at the point where you have overcome fear and uncertainty and have made the logical decision to invest in your better hearing longterm.
You can of course jump off any of the stepping stones at any stage. You will be under no pressure to continue further than you want to.
Step 1 . 3 minute on line hearing test
Step one is a really simple one and you can complete it in the comfort of your own home. You can us a computer, tablet or smartphone connected to in ear or on ear headphones.
It will take you exactly three minutes to complete.
Your reward for spending these minutes is a report which will give you a good indication of your hearing ability.
This is only a broad indicator and is not a substitute for a full audiometric test.
Step 2 . In Clinic Hearing Assessment
So you have completed the online test which has indicated possible hearing loss, or perhaps you are aware of the loss without even needing to do the test.
The next step will take place in our clinic - again there is no financial commitment on your part but you will be investing about an hour of your time.
In return you will receive a comprehensive in clinic hearing assessment including a physical examination of your ear canals and eardrums, hearing threshold testing and speech testing.
All results will be explained to you in clear terms.
Any hearing difficulties you may be experiencing will also be explained relative to your hearing tests.
Step 3 . Hearing aid selection for real world assessment
Having completed your in clinic assessment you will now have the option of progressing to a real world assessment.
The hearing aids you will be assessing are especially designed so that your hearing aid practitioner can program them to the correct level of technology based on your hearing tests and discussions of your lifestyle and areas of difficulty.
The aids will then be fitted to your ears and you will be shown how to insert and remove them and how to replace batteries, or recharge the aids if they are rechargeable
Step 4. Real world assessment
Now you have the great opportunity of taking the chosen hearing aids with you into our real world assessment where you will get to evaluate them in the listening situations of your daily life.
Again there is no financial commitment on your part and you will be able to allay many of the doubts and fears you may have had at the start of your journey.
During this time your assessment hearing aids are working hard by keeping a log of all the listening situations you are in. This provides great insights for step 5
Having had the real world experience you return for an in clinic appointment to discuss the results with our hearing care practitioner and for him to hook up to the aids with the computer to analyse your results.
Your feedback is very important input to any fine tuning adjustments that may be needed.
Also crucial is what the hearing aids data logging can tell - from basic information like how many hours per day you have been using the hearing aids to more detailed analysis of the listening situations you have been in.
On completion of this review you may be in a position to make an informed decision either to become a permanent user of hearing aids or to carry on without them. You may also opt for an extension of your real world experience trial.