At our offices, we utilize a thorough and multifaceted approach during your first visit. The audiologic evaluation and comprehensive conversation about your unique lifestyle concerns allows Dr. Wilson to identify the best solutions for your situation. We make your hearing needs our top priority by implementing advanced technology solutions with an educational approach.
During your visit, Dr. Wilson will explore the ways in which your hearing loss has affected your daily life and activities. She will review your specific medical history and discern any noisy environments you might be frequently exposed to.
Dr. Wilson will visually examine your ear canal. If there is an obstruction like earwax, she will determine the next course of action since it can negatively impact the evaluation results.
Next, we will perform a complete battery of audiometric tests in a sound booth to identify the thresholds of sound you can hear while using specialized earphones. The audiologic evaluation will test your ability to hear various pitches and evaluate your speech understanding with words presented at a comfortable listening level.
If hearing loss is detected, we will recommend and explain the benefits of suitable solutions for your degree of hearing loss and your lifestyle. Our patients’ priorities concerning budget and comfort with technology will dictate what options we recommend for you.
Most importantly, Dr. Wilson will make sure to communicate realistic expectations. Her 24 years of experience allows her to effectively detect impairments and create solutions based on a variety of patient needs.
Please be advised that if you have received a hearing evaluation elsewhere and are visiting us for a hearing aid consultation only, we will only accept tests from other audiologists. Hearing test results from your primary care physician or a “big box” store may not communicate enough information or have the high degree of testing accuracy we require for us to make appropriate recommendations.
Once you have been fitted with your new hearing instruments, you will have the time and experiences necessary to become accustomed to them. Adjusting to using hearing aids can be a bit of a learning curve, so we use an acclimatization approach which allows you to slowly hear better at a comfortable speed.
It is important to allow your brain to slowly readjust to processing the long-lost sounds you’ve been missing. This process might seem strange at first, but will become easier as time goes on.
At our offices, we believe it is necessary to offer our patients extensive follow-up care. Because it can take some patients longer than others to become more comfortable with hearing better, we recommend anywhere from 4 to 6 follow-up visits.
Since we work with patients to educate them on their particular hearing impairment, we are confident that our recommendations will give you back what you have been missing in life.
Getting precise adjustments for your new hearing aids can accelerate and ease the natural adjustment period you’ll experience. At our offices, we ensure your hearing aids are programmed to improve your hearing and to allow your brain to acclimate to the amplified sounds.
Dr. Wilson has been working with hearing aids for 24 years and is happy to provide personalized follow-up care. In addition, routine maintenance appointments, hearing re-checks and reprogramming of your hearing aids will be offered at no additional cost.
Contact our office to learn more about hearing aid fittings.