Our Process Ensures Success
We operate under the single purpose of educating and empowering people to get back more than what they
have lost, not just with their hearing but with their lives.
The Avenir Audiology Approach
The Avenir Process was built on a comprehensive, educational approach to help you understand your hearing loss, the impact that it can have on your quality of life and the options that exist to help you hear better.
We’re committed to improving the emotional, psychological and physical well-being of every patient through proper diagnosis, personal counseling and customized hearing plans that are tailored to each individual’s specific needs.
The first step begins with a proper audiological evaluation. The right hearing aid selection is made once we thoroughly understand your hearing loss and lifestyle needs.
An audiological or hearing evaluation is an in-depth assessment of an individual’s hearing by an audiologist. The purpose of this evaluation is to determine the nature and degree of the hearing loss and the best treatment options. Audiologists use a number of different tests in this evaluation.
On your first visit to an audiologist, he or she will start by asking you questions about your medical and hearing history. This is called the case history. Next, the audiologist will look into your ears using a light, called an otoscope, and check for anything in the ear canal that might affect the test results or require referral to your doctor or ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) specialist. Finally, the audiologist will conduct a test or series of tests to assess: Whether there is a hearing loss, the cause of the hearing loss (to the extent possible), the degree and configuration (one or both ears?) of hearing loss and then determine the best treatment options.
Hearing Aid Selection
The next step is to assist you in helping you make the appropriate hearing aid selection according to your technological needs as well as your financial needs.
Your audiologist will work with you to review hearing aid options. The two of you will select the best configuration for your particular needs.
The choice of hearing aid styles and features is based on several factors including the exact type and degree of hearing loss, your individual needs (such as communication requirements, lifestyle, and manual dexterity), and your medical and audiological history and related findings.
Custom Fitting Process
Lastly, our audiologists will listen intently to your feedback and then use all of our expertise and knowledge to ensure that your hearing aids are properly adjusted.
After you and your Avenir Hearing audiologist have selected your hearing aids, they must be fitted appropriately. Hearing aids are not fit like glasses. Hearing aids must amplify sounds so they can be heard comfortably without causing discomfort, and hearing aids must be secure and physically comfortable in the ear. The hearing aids are adjusted using a computer in the audiologist’s office, and the results can be measured. However, the audiologist’s office does not usually represent the variety of sounds heard in everyday life, and so your new hearing aids will need to be evaluated in the listening environments important to you.
By working with your audiologist, the hearing aids can be adjusted to perform most functions optimally and automatically in these environments. Your audiologist will likely suggest specific hearing assistive technologies to supplement the hearing aids and to address specific needs. The communication between the client and the audiologist is key to the overall success of the fitting process. That is why post-fitting follow-ups are crucial in the first weeks following the initial hearing aid fitting.
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