On average, this first visit lasts between 30 minutes and one (1) hour. During this time, the audioprosthetist will discuss your hearing needs with you, will understand your expectations and will identify the solutions that are best-suited to you. In general, this meeting takes place in three steps:
1. The interview and the audiometric check-up
At this stage, your audioprosthetist will listen to you carefully and will ask you some questions in order to get to know you and better understand your situation. This meeting will enable him/her to take note of the daily problems you encounter due to your hearing loss. You will thus be able to decide together on the solution that is best-suited to your needs, your expectations and your lifestyle. Our audioprosthetists are trained to efficiently and professionally conduct an evaluation interview in order to identify the best solutions for their patients. Then, the audioprosthetist will examine your auditory canal (Otoscopy).
2. Introduction and selection of device
Based on the conclusions from the preliminary interview, the audioprosthetist will show you what models are best-suited to your needs. He/she will choose hearing aids manufactured by renown suppliers from a complete range of very powerful and discrete instruments. Your audioprosthetist will explain to you their advantages, operation, maintenance and costs. You will be able to make your choice according to aesthetics, performance, price, etc. He/she will also show you the models that are covered by government programs.
3. Taking an impression of the ear
Your audioprosthetist will take an impression of your ear which will be used to manufacture a personalized hearing aid. Audioprosthetists are professionals in hearing health; they always protect the eardrum before injecting a silicone paste into the patient’s ear. At the conclusion of the interview, the audioprosthetist will set up a second appointment in order to give you your hearing aid. The appointment will be 10 to 15 days later, depending on the time required by the manufacturer to design the hearing aid to your measurement.
Hearing professionnals are in agreement that to obtain greater effectiveness from hearing aids, it is preferable to have a hearing aid for each ear. To learn more about it, read our blog post «One hearing aid is good, two is better».