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BEGIN YOUR JOURNEY TO BETTER HEARING WITH OPTIONS
At Sackville and Alderney Hearing Centre we have two options for patients interested in becoming hearing aid users. Our Hearing Aid Trial program is designed for people who are ready and committed to becoming a hearing aid user. Our Hearing Aid Demo program is designed for people who are on the fence. Please see below for details on both programs.
HEARING AID TRIAL:
Designed for hearing aid candidates who are ready and committed to begin their journey to better hearing.
This process starts with a complimentary consultation with one of our certified audiologists. During this appointment you and your audiologist will determine the hearing aid manufacturer, hearing aid(s), and accessories (if applicable) most appropriate for you.
Your hearing aid(s) are then ordered and a series of appointments are scheduled over the course of your 30-day trial period. These appointments ensure your hearing aid(s) are fit appropriately and that you possess all the necessary skills and knowledge to be a successful hearing aid user. Your audiologist has the discretion to extend your trial period, if necessary.
HEARING AID DEMO:
Designed for hearing aid candidates who are on the fence. This option gives patient a snap shot of what becoming a hearing aid user would mean for them with no risk or obligation.
In this option patients are fit with demo hearing aid(s) that have been set to the manufacturers’ recommended setting based on the patient’s hearing loss. During this appointment your audiologist will teach you the basic components of being a hearing aid user such as insertion and removal. You are then given a 1-week demo period and are encouraged to try the hearing aids in as many situations as possible.
Please note, depending on degree of hearing loss and anatomy, not all patients are candidates for the demo program.
Choose Your Hearing Aid Manufacturer
At Sackville and Alderney Hearing Centres we are pleased to be able to offer a wide range of hearing aid manufacturers to best suit the individual needs of our patients. We specialize in five hearing aid manufacturers. The companies we have chosen to work with are the leaders in hearing healthcare worldwide who are continually pushing the boundaries when it comes to technological innovation and healthcare.
WHY OFFER SO MANY CHOICES?
Having many options ensures our patients are investing in the best possible hearing solution and outcome for their individual needs. Each hearing aid manufacturer has its own unique strengths, technologies and pricing. Through the evaluation process, our certified audiologists are able to recommend a hearing aid manufacturer best suited for your individuals needs, lifestyle, expectations, and budget.
The manufacturers we offer are: Widex, Oticon, Bernafon, Phonak, and Signia.
Do You Need Hearing Aids?
Being a hearing aid candidate is typically dependent on these factors:
- The degree of your hearing loss (see below for common signs of hearing loss)
- The impact your hearing loss has on your quality of life
- The impact your hearing loss has on others such as family, friends and coworkers
- Your mental readiness and commitment to becoming a hearing aid user
Other factors that should be considered are: dexterity (ability to manipulate small objects), mental acuity, family and social support system, and finances.
COMMON SIGNS OF HEARING LOSS
- Complaining that people are mumbling
- Frequently asking people to repeat what they have said
- Difficulty understanding conversations in a group
- Preferring the television or radio louder than other people
- Trouble hearing on the telephone
- Trouble understanding what is being said in church or other public gatherings
- Trouble understanding people when you cannot see their faces
- Trouble hearing when people speak softly
- Avoiding being the first person to start a conversation
- Avoiding social occasions, family gatherings, and noisy environments
- Becoming more impatient, irritable, frustrated, or withdrawn
DID YOU KNOW ...
Audiologists in Canada must have a minimum of a Master's of Science in Audiology to practice. Our Audiologists are also certified with Speech-Language and Audiology Canada and are licensed with the Nova Scotia College of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.
Sound Advice ...
Think of our certified audiologists as your hearing healthcare coaches and mentors. We are here to help! We always have your best interest in mind and will support you on your journey to better hearing.