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Colorado Springs

Audiology, Inc.

 

Phone  719.520.1155

LOCATION  & DIRECTIONS

Dr. Gene McHugh

Licensed Audiologist

In Colorado

OFFICE HOURS

Mountain Time USA

Mon-Thurs

9:00AM-5:00PM

Closed Fridays

 

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ADJUSTING TO NEW HEARING AID(S)

     On average, new hearing aid users require time (usually 1-3 weeks) to adjust to amplified sound. For best results, the process should be a gradual one.  We recommend against new users wearing their instrument(s) full-time.  Starting out too quickly can result in frustration and premature failure.  So....take your time, be patient and work up to it.

     Our 30-day money-back trial period is part of an adjustment plan that allows new users the time to try their hearing aids in many listening environments to determine where their personal amplification functions best, and where amplification does not help. If for any reason a patient decides to return the hearing aid(s) within 30 days, they will be reimbursed. On all but a few models, our refund policy is 100%.

WEEK ONE

Guidelines

  • Wear only 3-4 hours per day

  • Only use at home

  • Do not use in loud noisy places yet

Goals

  • User learns the basic operation (inserting, removing, operating volume control)

  • User accepts how the sound of his or her own voice and background noise is different

  • User should remain patient during first week and not become frustrated

Consultation: Return visit in one week (very important)

WEEK TWO

Guidelines

  • Wear 6-8 hours per day

  • Use in mildly noisy listening environments

  • Wear outdoors, but in quieter places

  • Begin using with the telephone

Goals

  • User practices using volume control (when present) and learns to adjust volume as needed

  • User begins to focus on conversation and mentally "filters out" background noise

  • User is capable of changing battery and cleaning instruments

Consultation: Based upon adaptation ability, but usually is necessary

WEEK THREE

Guidelines

  • Wear hearing aid(s) most of the day

  • Make sure hearing aid(s) are clean

Goals

  • User can make "predictive" adjustments of volume control based upon environmental noise levels

  • User finds background noise becoming easier to accept allowing user to focus on primary speech message

  • User is forgetting hearing aid(s) are even in the ears (achieving transparency)

Consultation: Based upon adaptation ability.  It is necessary about 50% of the time

WEEK FOUR

Guidelines:

  • Wear hearing aids all day or as needed

Goals:

  • User is adjusting to aided sound

  • Background noise is becoming tolerable

  • User is self-sufficient with all phases of hearing aid maintenance

After the 30 Day Trial:

     We want you to become as adapted as possible to your new hearing aids before completing follow-up care. Once the initial aural rehabilitative therapy is completed, a 6-month recall card will be sent to you requesting you to come in for a FREE check on your hearing aid(s) along with a basic exam of your ear canals, and when necessary, screening of your hearing.  In this way, we can monitor your total hearing and hearing aid care.