Improve My Current Aid
Don’t assume you have to buy new hearing aids! If you are no longer hearing as well with your hearing aids as you were before – or were never satisfied with your aids – consider the following:
Reprogramming using Real-Ear Verification
Following an updated hearing evaluation, a change in hearing may be detected. But don’t worry! In most cases hearing aids can be reprogrammed for optimal hearing. Using real-ear verification, we carefully measure the output of the hearing aid from within the patient’s ear canal. Adjustments are then made using the manufacturer’s computer software. This ensures that the amplification they are receiving is up-to-date, accurate and effective.
Hearing Aids Purchased Elsewhere
Buy your hearing devices at another clinic, online, or over the counter? Not a problem. As long as the hearing aid software is not proprietary , we are fully equipped to provide comprehensive counseling and services to optimize your devices. Our nationally-recognized unbundled pricing structure allows us to offer transparent service – even when the devices were not dispensed from our office.
We highly recommend reprogramming using Real-Ear Verification for all new patients. Frequently, patients bring devices from outside clinics where this important verification was not performed. With simple reprogramming, “ok” hearing aids can be transformed into “great” hearing aids. A consultation may be required prior to reprogramming to make sure that this is the most appropriate step in your hearing care.
Watch this Video to Learn More about Optimizing Your Hearing Aids
Sometimes the internal electronics of a hearing device can wear out over time or from exposure to moisture. This degradation of the microphones and the speaker can wreak havoc on hearing aid function and sound quality. At the UNC-HCC we have specialized equipment to test the internal function of your devices and determine whether a repair is required.
Electro-acoustic analysis (EAA) is a quality assurance test used to confirm that the electronics of a hearing aid are performing appropriately, based on specifications put forth by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Regular EAA testing is the gold standard for keeping hearing aids in full working condition and can often catch minor breakdowns in sound quality and performance not otherwise detectable.