Today we will be discussing the process of purchasing hearing aids through The Hearing Center at Jacksonville Hearing and Balance Institute (JHBI).
STEP 1: Hearing Evaluation
The first step when purchasing hearing aids through JHBI is to schedule a hearing evaluation. The comprehensive hearing evaluation will assess several levels of your auditory pathway. Throughout the testing, we will assess your ability to hear different pitches and understand speech. If you are found to be a hearing aid candidate, you will be scheduled to see an Audiologist at the Hearing Center for a hearing aid consultation.
STEP 2: Hearing Aid Consultation
The second step of purchasing hearing aids is the hearing aid consultation. You are encouraged to bring a spouse or family member to this appointment to provide support with decision making and to be an active member of your hearing healthcare. During this appointment, the Audiologist will explain the results of your hearing evaluation, discuss hearing expectations and needs, and review the latest hearing aid technology. Based off of your individual needs, the Audiologist will recommend a specific hearing aid for you. Once you select a hearing aid that meets your needs, a hearing aid fitting will be scheduled.
STEP 3: Hearing Aid Fitting
At the hearing aid fitting, the Audiologist will program and adjust the hearing aids to meet your specific hearing healthcare needs. After the hearing aids are programmed, the Audiologist will instruct you on proper insertion and removal of the devices. General care and maintenance will also be reviewed with you to promote the longevity of your hearing aids.
STEP 4: Hearing Aid Adjustment Period
All hearing aids have a 30-day trial period to ensure that you are happy and would like to keep your devices. Since it often takes time to adapt to amplification, the Audiologist would like to see you for programming adjustments during this trial period. A two week follow-up will be scheduled after your hearing aid fitting. At this appointment you will discuss any difficulties you are having with the devices and work with your audiologist to overcome these obstacles. It is our goal to have you realizing a maximum benefit once your trial period expires.
To schedule an appointment at JHBI you could contact our clinic at 904-339-0950