Patient Needs Come First
UW-Milwaukee Audiology Group audiologists are University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee faculty and are therefore non-commissioned, work in a not-for-profit setting, and are not under contract to dispense a specific hearing aid manufacturer’s products. Our patients can be confident that any and all recommendations are in the patient’s best interest.
Hearing Aid Selection
Hearing aids are not “one size fits all.” During the hearing aid selection process, the audiologist will discuss with you your hearing loss, lifestyle, and hearing and communication needs to determine which styles and technologies may be best for you. Hearing aids are available in In-the-Ear (ITE), Behind-the-Ear (BTE), and Receiver-in-the-Ear (RITE/RIC) styles. We will discuss with you your cosmetic and aesthetic preferences, manual dexterity, and visual acuity to ensure that all important factors are considered before deciding on a specific style.
The cost is dictated by the level of technology and sound processing features determined appropriate by you and your audiologist. Options will be presented for every budget and degree of hearing loss.
Custom Hearing Aid Fittings
Our audiologists believe strongly in evidenced-based practice and utilize researched industry recommended fitting procedures. Earmold impressions are taken for a comfortable custom fit. Real Ear Measurement (REM) verification testing (often termed Probe microphone measurement or Speechmapping) is a third-party verification tool that is completed on every patient fit with new hearing aids at UW-Milwaukee Audiology Group.
Real Ear measurements ensure that the devices are meeting prescriptive targets for your hearing loss. Real Ear Measurement verification testing is not painful, and involves the placement of a microphone in the ear canal that will record sound pressure levels at the eardrum. As information exits the hearing aid speaker and travels through the ear canal it is recorded in real time. The hearing aids are then programmed in the “real ear” to prescriptive targets while real-time sound pressure levels are being recorded at the ear drum. Adjustments are then made to the hearing aid program settings to ensure a proper fit to your prescription. Hearing aid fitting is a science; let our experts do the work for you!
Hearing Aid Orientation
The hearing aid fitting appointment also involves an orientation to the hearing aids, a discussion regarding daily use and maintenance of the hearing aids, and any other concerns or questions regarding your new devices. Each patient will leave the hearing aid fitting appointment with a properly fit hearing aid(s) with which they are comfortable handling so they are ready to take on the rich world of sound.