Fitting techniques and technology have changed a lot over the last 10 years. At Montezuma Hearing Clinic, we focus on using only those tools that have been shown to provide exceptional benefits in the fitting of your hearing aid. We are constantly improving our ability to guarantee the best fit possible.
When you first get your hearing aid, they will need to be adjusted and programmed to provide the correct amount of amplification specific to your needs. Dr. Story will help you with proper alignment and placement of the hearing aid – based on the type and model that you have chosen. Adjustments will be made to ensure the fit meets your comfort and amplification needs.
Evidence-based programming is performed through Real Ear Measurements to ensure proper amplification.
Weekly follow-up appointments are meant to get you to a position where you no longer have to think about your hearing aids – they are simply part of your day. Dr. Story will work with you during this time, to educate and make any needed adjustments to your new hearing instrument. She will answer questions and supply additional materials if needed.
A personal listening journal shall be completed prior to your one month follow-up to ensure that your personal listening goals have been addressed and met.
Today’s hearing aids still use batteries and each model is going to have a specific type/size of battery. Along with getting the proper battery for your hearing aid, it’s equally important that these batteries are inserted into the hearing aid correctly. Dr. Story will make sure you have a full grasp of how to best care for and change the batteries on your new hearing aid.
The average life of a hearing aid battery is between five days and three weeks depending upon the sizes and power of the hearing aid. Volume control and usage can also effect the life of your hearing aid battery.
The batteries currently on the market are called “Zinc-Air”. A Zinc-Air battery typically lasts longer that the outdated mercury batteries and are much less toxic to recycle. They come with a protective tab at the top which protects the energy inside the battery from being lost in transport and packaging. You must remember to remove this tab before inserting into your hearing aid. It is best to allow battery to sit about a minute after you remove the sticker and before closing the battery door. Our providers will make sure you understand the proper placement and care routine best suited to your hearing aid and it’s batteries.
Hearing aid batteries should be stored in a cool, dry place just like other batteries – however because hearing aid batteries operate at full power until they are fully drained, they tend to lose power quite abruptly. It is always a good idea to carry extra or spare hearing aids – just in case!