Two Ears Are Better Than One
The first step is a Hearing Aid Evaluation.
Following the review of your hearing assessment results you will be advised if you are a candidate for hearing aids and asked if you would like more information about these devices. If so, all of the hearing aid options available for your type of hearing loss will be presented to you. Certain types of hearing aids work better for certain types of hearing loss, therefore the most suitable hearing aids for your type of hearing loss will be recommended for you. Often it is possible for you to listen to a hearing aid right here in the office before you decide if you would like to obtain hearing aids on a trial basis.
60 Day Hearing aid trial period
If you decide to try one or two hearing aids you are entitled to a trial period of 60 days. During the 60 day trial period you will return to the clinic for at least one follow-up appointment at which time adjustments can be made to the fit of the devices or fine-tuning can be done to the sound of the devices. Sometimes more than one follow-up appointment is required. At the end of your trial period you will decide if you wish to keep the hearing aids for your use. If you decide to return one or both of the hearing aids you will be refunded the hearing aid cost minus a reasonable return fee. The 60 day trial period can be extended up to 90 days if requested before the first 60 days are up.
Already have hearing aids?
When you purchase hearing aids the aids are programmed for the hearing loss you have at the time of purchase. Over time your hearing may change and the hearing aids may need to be reprogrammed to suit the changes in your hearing loss. At Limestone Hearing Care Centre your hearing aids can certainly be reprogrammed (to within the limits of the hearing aids). If you purchased your hearing aids from us, there is no charge for reprogramming as long as your hearing aids are under our service plan. We can still reprogram your hearing aids even if you purchased them somewhere else. A small fee per hearing aid may be charged.
Two ears are better than one!
If you have hearing loss in both ears, a hearing aid for each ear is usually recommended. This is called a binaural fitting and it offers many advantages over using just one hearing aid. Some of the benefits of wearing two hearing aids are listed below:
- It helps to locate where sounds are coming from, and tell approximately how far away the sounds are.
- You can more easily distinguish speech from noise, and focus on the speech (less effort is needed to hear speech)
- The same volume sounds louder when listening with two ears rather than one (so you can hear better at meetings or in a place of worship)
- It helps to preserve your hearing ability. As the old saying goes: “If you don’t use it, you can lose it!”
- Hearing on both sides of your head: when sitting at the dinner table or going for a walk, with two hearing aids you won’t have to be sure to keep the person you want to hear on your hearing aid side.