Hearing aid [Product] can be purchased from various centres including internet.
The product you get is the same. To benefit the
hearing aid has to be programmed and fitted depending on each individual need.
Efficient prescription / fitting protocol is of paramount
importance to achieve the maximum benefit. The value of the product
you buy hence is directly proportional to the quality of fitting. Unfortunately this importance
is underestimated by the majority.
Sound is a complex energy so are the hearing loss parameters.
Modern hearing aids are high technology, revolutionary products. We need to
adapt this Technology to the patient's hearing loss.
To understand the above and match them with the patient need is hence a complex and difficult activity.
Hence always spend some time and energy to select a good reliable fitting centre.
At Shravan a total hearing solutions is offered. We follow a 3
tier system of ENT specialist, Audiologist and Hearing Aid
retailer. It helps us to better our coordination and accountability and help
give quality service to our hearing impaired patients”
Every patient is first seen by the ENT specialist who does a total
evaluation of the patients. The risky activity of ear cleaning is meticulously
done by the specialist. Treatable conditions detected are recommended for cure.
The candidature for hearing aid fitting is also finalised by
the specialist. The patient is then referred to the Audiologist.
Hearing Aid retailer
The retailer will provide the hearing aid and will
help in the after sale service needs of the hearing aids. They will be responsible
to coordinate with the hearing
aid company to provide the warranty service and repair services.
Providing amplification for infants and children is a complex and challenging endeavor.
To provide adequate fit in a child, is more difficult than in adults as they have some
unique requirements to be looked into. Additional care,
expertise and experience is hence needed for this specialised activity.
Some of the problems faced in a child hearing aid fitting are
Shravan Protocol for Child fit
Evaluation by ENT specialist including Ear canal cleaning which is more difficult.
The Audiologist uses a combination of objective test including
Threshold BERA study as guide to achieve a good fit. Their endeavuor is to achieve
optimal amplification. The fitting process resulting in less amplification will hinder
adequate speech development. Excessive delivery may result
in further hearing loss and intolerance.
Role of Parents
Active participation of the parents is necessary during the
fitting session. Parents will be instructed as to how they can utilise the
ling sounds to screen the frequency response of the hearing aid. They have to play an active role in helping the audiologist in this process to provide optimal
amplification. Kindly remember the hearing aid fitting for paediatric population is
an ongoing process. Multiple visits post fitting is a rule to achieve optimal amplification.
Auditory Verbal Therapy[AVT]:
To help the child in the listening training process it is advisable that
every child post hearing aid fitting undertake AVT. Auditory verbal therapy/
Auditory training is mandatory for helping children develop speech and language skills