If you have hearing loss that cannot be treated medically or surgically, hearing aids may be the best option for you. The first step to determine if you are a candidate for hearing aids is a comprehensive hearing evaluation performed by one of our doctors of audiology. Based on this evaluation, your audiologist will determine hearing aid candidacy.
How Do Hearing Aids Help Me Hear?
Modern hearing aids are digitally programmable amplification systems that work to selectively amplify specific frequencies based on your hearing loss. In addition, digital hearing aids allow audiologists to manipulate the function of the devices, such as the directionality of the microphones and strength of the noise management system, in order to help the device perform better for your specific hearing loss and daily listening needs. The function of your hearing aids will be customized in order to provide you with the best hearing possible.
What Hearing Aids Are Available to Me?
- State-of-the-art digital hearing aid technology from all major manufacturers
- Receiver-in-the-Ear (RITE/RIC), Behind-the-Ear (BTE), and custom In-the-Ear (ITE) hearing aids
- CROS/BiCROS hearing aids for single-sided deafness
- Power hearing aids for severe-to-profound hearing loss
What Style of Hearing Aid is Right for Me?
There are three styles of hearing aids that are all available in a variety of styles, sizes, and shapes. These styles include In-the-Ear (ITE), Behind-the-Ear (BTE), and Receiver-in-the-Ear (RITE/RIC). The cost is dictated by the level of technology and sound processing features determined appropriate by you and your audiologist. There are options to fit nearly all budgets and listening needs.
During the hearing aid selection process, the audiologist will discuss these options with you in order to determine the best product style for you based on factors such as cosmetic/aesthetic preferences, power capabilities of the hearing aids, manual dexterity, and visual acuity to ensure that all important factors are considered before deciding on a specific style.
How Are My Hearing Aids Fitted?
After selecting the correct type of hearing aids, your audiologist will adjust the devices so they appropriately amplify sound according to the results of your hearing evaluation. 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.