All patients undergo a comprehensive hearing exam prior to receiving a recommendation for hearing aids to determine the cause and extent of the loss. Once a patient becomes a candidate for hearing aids, all options are discussed including:
• style of the hearing instrument
• technology level required to meet their communication goals
The hearing aids are then programmed to match their unique hearing loss. At this point every patient undergoes comprehensive instruction on how to listen again. Emphasis is placed on how the brain must relearn to focus on specific sounds that the individual wants to pay attention to and ignore irrelevant noises. All patients are also instructed on use and care of the hearing instruments and follow-up tests are performed to assure optimal programming of the aids.