Hearing Aid Evaluation
Every hearing aid evaluation at Munk Hearing Centre includes a detailed overview of your hearing test results. During your appointment, the audiologist will determine your candidacy for hearing aids and will make recommendations based on your individual needs.
If you suspect that you have hearing loss, a Hearing Aid Evaluation is your first step toward better hearing. There are a number of factors to consider when choosing a hearing aid (or hearing aids), and our audiologists are trained to guide you through that process.
During your appointment, your audiologist will determine your candidacy for hearing aids and will make recommendations based on your medical history, type of hearing loss, individual needs, and budget. As part of this, your audiologist will tell you what hearing aid style(s) out of a wide range of hearing aid manufacturers are appropriate for you based on your hearing loss and lifestyle.
If we do not have a recent hearing test for you on file, we will include one at no additional charge as part of your consultation.
At the end of the appointment, you can decide whether or not you are ready to proceed with a hearing aid order. We want you to be comfortable with your decision; you will not be pressured to make a decision prematurely.
Every Hearing Aid Evaluation includes
- A hearing test (if required)
- A detailed overview of your hearing test results
- A one-hour hearing aid consultation
- A hearing aid prescription
The fee for this appointment is $100 and can be paid by cash, debit, or credit.
How to Book Your Appointment
Please call our Munk Hearing Centre reception desk at (416) 340 4800, ext. 7067 to book your Hearing Aid Evaluation or contact us online to request an appointment.
Fitting and Follow-Up
Following the hearing aid evaluation appointment, patients return to the clinic within 2-3 weeks for the hearing aid fitting. During this appointment, the hearing aids are programmed for the patient’s specific hearing loss.
Once your hearing aid(s) have been selected, we will order the hearing aids on your behalf. Note: If you went to a different centre for your initial consultation but would like us to fit your hearing aids, please call us at 416 340 4800, ext. 7067 as we will need to obtain a copy of your prescription.
The fitting appointment typically takes place 2-3 weeks after your initial consultation and takes approximately 1 hour. During this appointment, the hearing aids are programmed for your specific hearing loss. We recommend that you bring a friend or family member to this appointment to help you remember the information we’ll give you.
Your Initial Experience
You may not love the way the hearing aids sound at first and that is actually quite normal. Adjusting to your hearing aids isn’t like adjusting to reading glasses: it will take some time for your brain to get used to hearing all of the sounds you’ve been missing, especially if you’ve had decreased hearing for a while. Your experience will improve over time. We offer a 3-month trial period to ensure that you have more than enough time to make sure that you are happy with your hearing aids.
The fitting appointment typically includes:
- Hearing aid programming and initial adjustments
- Real Ear Measurements (REMs), which are performed to verify that the hearing aid is providing appropriate levels of amplification
- Orientation to hearing aid features and use (e.g. hearing aid insertion, program changes, and battery replacement techniques)
Approximately 2 to 3 weeks after the initial fitting, it is time for some fine-tuning. In a perfect world, the initial fitting would be enough, but in reality, some tweaks are usually needed after you’ve spent some time wearing the hearing aids. In fact, it is normal for hearing aids to need multiple adjustments and a few follow-up visits may be required as you get used to them. Along the way, we will also tailor the hearing aid settings so that they perform optimally for your lifestyle.
The follow-up appointment(s) typically include:
- Further adjustments and fine-tuning as required
- Programming changes (if needed), programming of any additional accessories
- Orientation to advanced features and accessories (e.g. remote control)
- How to clean and care for your hearing aids
- Counselling on your progress so far and expectations for the future