It is essential to be clear about what determines success with hearing aids, and you and your audiologist must be clear on the same goals.
Maree’s answer: We have both objective and subjective goals for our hearing aid fittings.
Objectively – we measure how the hearing aids function in your ears using real ear measures. Each persons ear shape changes the way that hearing aids are sound, so we compare the way your hearing aids are amplifying to a standard target. We will modify the hearing aid output to your hearing loss and ear acoustics.
Subjectively – Before choosing which hearing aids to trial, we create a set of goals with you. By getting a clear understanding of your lifestyle and hearing needs, we can choose the right level of technology to help you hear better. For example: hearing your family at the dinner table, understanding the TV easily and at a comfortable volume for others and hearing John (with the quiet voice) at work. After you have been wearing the hearing aids for a while and have adjusted to hearing the sound again, we check that we have achieved these goals you set for yourself.
In summary – we will clarify your hearing goals at the beginning of the process and then check we have achieved them when you finalise. Some goals may not be a realistic expectation for certain hearing loss’s or circumstances, and we will discuss this before we begin.