Do you ever experience “information overload” in your purchase decisions?” We’ve all been there — paralyzed by too many brands, models and options. Sometimes this happens in hearing care. Several hearing aid manufacturers offer countless models with an ever-changing array of technologies and features. How can you possibly choose the right hearing solution for your needs?
Relax! Although the decision is ultimately yours, it’s a hearing healthcare professional’s job to recommend hearing aids that fit your needs, preferences and lifestyle. At Shelby Hearing Center, we follow a proven four-step process to make the decision much easier for you.
Step #1: Get to know you and your lifestyle
Before we test your hearing, we gather as much information about you as possible. We want to know where you spend your time, your communication challenges and where you’d like to experience improvement. In addition, if a family member or friend accompanies you to your appointment, we’ll usually ask this person what he or she has noticed about your hearing.
Step #2: Develop a complete audiological profile
We use the latest techniques and diagnostic technologies to measure the nature and extent of your hearing loss. The results are combined with detailed information about your everyday listening situations and environments. Do you often have conversations in noisy places, such as restaurants? Do you enjoy outdoor activities such as golfing or sporting events? Are you a frequent user of a cell phone, tablet or computer? A “big picture” view of your hearing helps us achieve the best possible outcome for you.
Step #3: Recommend a hearing solution
Our recommendation starts with a brand and style of hearing aid. But there’s so much more to the selection process. Based on your audiological profile, lifestyle and preferences, we may recommend any number of hearing aid features and options, such as speech enhancement, background noise suppression, wind noise reduction and wireless audio streaming.
Step #4: Follow up, validate and adjust
After fitting your hearing aids, our job is definitely not done! We want you to return regularly to make sure the hearing aids live up to your expectations and to address any issues in their early stages. Initially, we’ll evaluate how the hearing aids are addressing your desired areas of improvement and, if necessary, “fine tune” the settings. After that, we want to see you periodically to inspect, clean and adjust the hearing aids.
Keep in mind, not every hearing aid center will provide this level of service to find the ideal hearing solution for you — and you certainly won’t get it from a mail order or online retailer. At Shelby Hearing Center, we go the extra mile because we’re 100% committed to creating exceptional patient experiences and to earning your long-term satisfaction.
Are you confused about your hearing care options? Put us to the test! Call Shelby Hearing Center today at 1-877-465-6068 to schedule a no-obligation consultation and hearing evaluation.
Dr. Kay Young is an audiologist at Shelby Hearing Center, where she has served individuals with hearing loss since 1984.