Hearing aids are not just gadgets that you purchase. They are sophisticated medical devices that need to be appropriately prescribed and properly tuned to each individual’s hearing loss. If this work is not done correctly you may only receive a fraction of the potential benefit that you could get from wearing hearing aids.
Our initial consultation and Hearing test is much more thorough and comprehensive than the free hearing tests offered by the high street chain providers.
Our initial consultation is much more thorough and comprehensive than the free hearing tests offered by high street chains.
For anyone wanting to improve their hearing for the rest of their lives, it is highly beneficial to have a full diagnostic evaluation where we are far more likely to get an accurate hearing test result and therefore provide a better quality of life longer term for our customers.
In-depth consultation with a highly experienced, Graduate, Clinical Audiologist. We will spend time discussing your symptoms, hearing history, exactly when and where you are having hearing difficulties, as well as other related issues such as Tinnitus, loudness sensitivity, noise exposure and family history.
We will examine your ear canal using our specialist video camera and display the picture for you to see (if you want to). We will be able to identify any obvious obstructions such as wax and identify any problems with the ear canal or eardrum.
Earwax removal with micro-suction (if necessary). If we determine there is any occluding wax in the ear canal, this will be removed easily and painlessly using micro-suction.
Pure Tone Audiometry with AC, BC & Masking. Performed in our sound proof booth this is a full diagnostic hearing test, from which we can identify the exact nature, severity and cause of any hearing loss you may have.
This is a test of middle ear function, where we can identify any negative pressure, congestion or fluid in the middle ear
This test is done in our purpose built, calibrated, soundproof room. We will test your ability to understand speech with and without background noise
Full explanation of your test results with appropriate recommendations.
Print outs of your test results and quotations for further treatment and a report to your Doctor if applicable.
If we feel that you would benefit from using hearing aids, we will talk to you about the most appropriate device for you, taking into account:
Hearing aids arrive with factory settings, so we will need to programme yours during a hearing aid fitting appointment. We use a process called ‘Real Ear Measurement’; an essential step that measures the performance of the hearing aid while it’s in the ear – removing any element of guesswork.
We recommend that you begin testing your hearing aids in situations where you feel comfortable, for example when you’re talking to family or watching TV. We also recommend that you start wearing them for short periods of time and gradually build up. Of course, once you have got used to your hearing aids, you can wear them all the time
What will change?
Speech, music and television will all sound louder, sharper and clearer. Consonants such as ‘s’, ‘t’ and ‘ch’ will sound more defined. You may now hear sounds around you that were inaudible or very quiet, such as footsteps on wooden floors, ticking clocks and bird song. Your own voice will also sound different.
You’ll quickly get an idea of how much your hearing aids are helping you and if any adjustments need to be made.
We’ll arrange for two follow up appointments around two and four weeks after the initial fitting so you can let us know how you’ve been getting on.
We will discuss your listening goals that we talked about in the initial assessment and determine how well your goals are being met by using the hearing aids; this gives us clear evidence of the benefit that you are getting.
At this point we can make fine tuning adjustments to your hearing aids to further personalise the sound for you. This process of fine-tuning can make all the difference in the long run: it helps you get the most from your hearing aids, and allows you to use them to their greatest efficiency.
To help us complete this process effectively we have installed a ‘Surround Sound’ system in our clinic, so that we can accurately re-create difficult listening environments such as busy restaurants, cocktail parties or street noise. We call it the ‘Sound-Lounge’. This is invaluable in measuring the performance of the hearing aids noise reduction features.
We then repeat the Speech Discrimination in noise tests that we performed in the initial assessment but this time you will be wearing your hearing aids. We compare your scores before and after the hearing aid fitting and we should see a significant improvement.
This gives us objective, documented evidence that your hearing aid fitting has been successful.
If, after your second follow up appointment you are not totally satisfied with your new hearing aids, then you can return them to us and we will give you a full refund, less the £149 consultation fee which is non-refundable and provided that this is within forty days of the initial fitting.
However, it is very rarely necessary for patients to return hearing aids to us. Our return rate is extremely low.
It’s this kind of commitment to service that makes Pindrop Hearing your best choice for hearing aids and hearing consultation.
Most people’s hearing deteriorates over time and so do your hearing aids. That’s why it’s important to have reliable aftercare.
In addition to your 6 monthly check-up appointments, you can
come in and see us for minor adjustments or ‘fine tuning’any
time you like, for the lifetime of your hearing aid. We also invite
you to annual reassessment appointments, where we will re-test
your hearing, check the hearing aids and re-program them if
your hearing has changed. This way, you’ll continue to enjoy
maximum benefit from your hearing aids.
With Pindrop Hearing you have total peace of mind. If anything
goes wrong, we will take full responsibility for the repairs, and
return the hearing aids to you in working order as quickly as
possible. We can even arrange for you to have a hearing aid
on loan while yours is being repaired.
Depending on your hearing care plan, you will be covered for
a period of two, three or five years. We have created a number
of plans to cater for different requirements and budgets.
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