The brain cannot understand what the brain cannot hear.
If you have been diagnosed with sensory hearing loss, you will benefit from wearing hearing aids. Period. However, hearing aids do not restore your hearing. That is why they are called “aids.” Hearing aids can only be effective if used in combination with a comprehensive communication plan. Everyone’s experience with, and amount of benefit from hearing aids, is very individualized and depends on the following factors:
How well you follow your communication plan
How dedicated you are to wearing your hearing aids all waking hours
How long your hearing loss went untreated before pursuing hearing aids
How much hearing you have left to work with
How well you maintain your overall health
How you commit mentally and emotionally to treating your loss
How open you can be with your frequent communication partners about your hearing needs and how committed those individuals are to helping you hear your best
Hearing better takes time
For many people, their hearing has been progressively worsening over several months or years. It takes time for your brain to relearn how to hear. Have patience. Dr. Link will be your coach, cheerleader, and accountability buddy to help you progress to the point where you can hear your best.
How does Dr. Link select the best hearing aids for your needs?
In addition to looking in your ears and completing a comprehensive hearing test, she completes an evidence-based Functional Communication Assessment to determine what brand, style, and level of hearing aids best meet your individual needs. During the Functional Communication Assessment Dr. Link will assess the following:
Rating how well you feel you communicate in day to day activities
Setting your personal communication goals and expectations
Measuring your individual discomfort levels to loud sounds
Examining your speech understanding in noise abilities
Evaluating your finger and hand abilities to manipulate small objects, as needed
Screening your vision, as needed
Determining your need for a communication plan, hearing aids, cochlear implants, assistive listening devices, group rehabilitation workshops, or medical referrals
Discussing your financial considerations when hearing aids are recommended
There are 6 standard styles of hearing aids. What style is best for you is dependent on many factors including the degree of your hearing loss, the size and shape of your ear canals, your dexterity, and your vision. Dr. Link works with you to determine which is the best for you. Take a peek at the 6 standard styles:
Invisible In Canal (IIC)
Completely In Canal (CIC)
In The Canal (ITC)
In The Ear (ITE)
Behind The Ear (BTE)
Receiver In Canal (RIC)
There are many different brands of hearing aids. All major brands of hearing aids are now smartphone compatible and rechargeable and some brands are truly invisible. Everyone’s brain processes sound differently and every brand of hearing aid processes sound differently too. It is important to work with your audiologist to find a brand that works the best with your brain’s processing. Dr. Link works with many different brands of hearing aids including, but not limited to, the major hearing aid brands listed below.
Once hearing aids have been selected, it is important that they are fit using best practices to ensure you maximize your benefit from your hearing aids as well as ensure the aids do not contribute to you experiencing further hearing loss. Evidence based best practices for hearing aid fittings include the following:
Electroacoustical analysis testing
Real ear speech mapping verification testing
Education and training regarding insertion and removal of devices, how to change batteries, and how to keep hearing aids clean and functional
Would you like a complimentary consult without commitment?
Do you need help with the hearing aids you already have?
You have come to the right place. Since we operate in an unbundled hearing healthcare model, unlike many practices in the country, we don't need you to purchase hearing aids from us to help you. Give us a call so we can help you:
Clean and make minor repairs to your hearing aids
Send your hearing aids in to the manufacturer for more major repairs
Evaluate your aids’ internal electronical function through electroacoustic analysis testing
Ensure you are getting maximum benefit from your aids by performing real ear speech mapping verification testing (in order for this test to be accurate, you must supply a hearing test completed in past year or schedule an updated hearing test with this appointment)
Call (720) 675-7481 to schedule your appointment.
Do you need to relearn how to use your hearing aids?
Attend our Hearing Aids 101 Workshop. During this hands on workshop you can ask questions, receive instruction, and practice how to put your hearing devices in your ears, how to clean them, how to change batteries, and talk about what you should expect from your hearing devices.