We recommend regular hearing health check-ups for our hearing aid patients to ensure they are hearing as well as possible. A comprehensive hearing aid check-up includes:
- Annual Audiologic Evaluation. We always compare the results to previous hearing levels. If we find any change, we recommend treatment or re-program the hearing aids to compensate for the change. Many people find they hear a little better after adjustment.
- Ear Canal Examination. Earwax is one of the most common causes of hearing aid feedback (whistle) and hearing aid repairs (once in 6 months on an average and in some patients more frequently if earwax builds up faster).
- Clean and Adjust Hearing Aids. Regular (once in 6 months) cleaning minimizes hearing aid repairs and makes sure that the hearing aids are providing the maximum benefit. Cleaning and re-programming of hearing aids sometimes makes noticeable improvement.
- Review other sources of help. During the regular once in 6 months visit with your audiologist, it is a good time to talk about assistive devices such as telephone amplifiers, clock and smoke alarms, and devices for television and group settings. Hearing aids aren’t the only source of help. We believe that your overall hearing and speech understanding deserves good care.
We want to know as much as possible about your hearing and any changes in your hearing. We want to know your ability to understand words, your sensitivity to loud sounds and how much you are affected by background noise. We also want to know about your particular hearing needs, such as hearing in meetings or on the phone. We will make every effort to help you meet those needs/expectations and to make it clear if some of those needs/expectations can’t be helped.
As your audiologist and hearing health care partner, we use our knowledge and experience to make sure you are hearing as well as possible. We keep you up-to-date with the advanced technology available today, thanks to the engineers and hearing scientist who are also a part of your team.
We can make suggestions and recommendations, as well as talk with other members of team-your family and the primary care physician. Dr. Lin’s study (2013) emphasizes how important it is for the primary care physician to discuss hearing with their patients and to be proactive in addressing any hearing decline over time.
Individualized hearing treatment with hearing aid amplification and aural rehabilitation not only help improve patient’s hearing-they may be the key to preventing brain atrophy, cognitive dysfunction, anxiety and depression.
A Winning Team
Patients with hearing loss who take advantage of the hearing care available today do well in all kinds of listening settings. There are millions of success stories-all thanks to the hearing health care team. We are here to help you to improve your quality of life. Be proactive and take that first step to discuss your hearing difficulties with your hearing health care team! Your hearing deserves good care! Please call our office to schedule an appointment.
Dr. T.K. Parthasarathy, Ph.D., FAAA, former Professor of Audiology at SIUE and President of Better Hearing Clinic with 33 years of experience in helping patients with hearing loss. He is an ASHA Certified Clinical Audiologist with 2 offices at the Better Hearing Clinic in Alton and Glen Carbon. As a part of the HEARING WELLNESS PROGRAM in the community, all patients 50 years and older are eligible for a complimentary FREE HEARING CONSULTATION.