At Longmont Hearing & Tinnitus Center, we offer a variety of hearing aids to fit any style preference, need, and budget.
We are a fully independent audiology practice dedicated to fitting you with the right technology for your needs—that means we are NOT owned or beholden to any hearing aid manufacturer. We only work with large reputable manufacturers, ensuring that the product we help you choose is the best available. We only dispense major manufacturer’s products so that no matter where you are, you can obtain the care and service that you deserve to treat hearing loss.
Technological advances have produced more options in hearing aid electronics and styles than ever before, and there are continual gains being made in the industry. Electronics, price, and style all play a part in the choice of a hearing aid. It’s important to remember that not all hearing aids are the same even though they may look alike. Two styles—Receiver-In-Canal and In-The-Canal—are the industry leaders and represent the majority of our modern-day fittings.
Communication Needs Assessment
At Longmont Hearing & Tinnitus Center, we’re dedicated to providing hearing aids that are properly fitted and customized to every individual patient’s needs. Hearing aid assessments are part of the fitting process and help to ensure the appropriate hearing aids / assistive devices are selected and properly fit.
Hearing aid assessments may consist of the following:
Acceptable Noise Level
Used to determine individual acceptable noise intensities while listening to speech. Calculations can be used as a predictor of potential success with hearing instruments.
AZBio sentences were developed as a metric of performance in everyday listening environments and the test results are considered more representative of a patient’s hearing ability outside of the clinic environment.
The hearing aid / assistive device demonstration consists of fitting the appropriate device based upon the above-mentioned tests along with a discussion on the appropriate technology and features that will most benefit the patient. This demonstration allows the patient to experience the benefit of the hearing aids / assistive device in their own environment where they encounter the most difficulty.
The QuickSIN is a speech-in-noise test that measures the ability to hear in noise. Speech understanding in noise cannot be reliably predicted from the audiogram or other standard hearing tests.
Abbreviated Profile of Hearing Aid Benefit (APHAB)
The APHAB is a valuable clinical instrument. It is useful for quantifying the disability associated with a hearing loss and the reduction of disability that is achieved with a hearing aid or assistive device.
Conformity/Real Ear Verification
Real Ear Measurement (REM) represents a valid, repeatable and reliable method of assessing the sound pressure level in the ear canal with or without a hearing instrument in-situ, via a calibrated probe tube placed 3mm-5mm from the tympanic membrane. The primary purpose of REM is to measure the performance of a hearing instrument while in the patient’s ear to ensure that sounds are audible, comfortable and tolerable across the frequencies of the patient’s reduced dynamic range.
Types of Hearing Aids
In-The-Canal (ITC) / Half Shell
Mini Receiver-In-Canal (Mini RIC)
Hearing Aid Repair
If you have a problem with your hearing aids, you can depend on our professionals for expert cleaning and repair. Most repairs can be performed in-house while you wait. If for any reason your hearing aids must be returned to the manufacturer for warranty repair, we will take care of that for you. If your hearing aids are not under warranty, we will give you an estimate of the repair cost before any work is done.
Not all repairs are alike
Things happen to hearing aids! If something unfortunate has happened to, or is happening to your hearing aids, we are here to help. The first step is an assessment of the damage. Some issues are reparable in-office. Other issues may require a trip to the manufacturer. Our staff is equipped and educated to help you determine the next steps so we can get you hearing your best again.
What happens at LHTC?
Our audiologists and hearing aid specialists can remedy a myriad of issues. From broken receiver wires or plugged wax guards, to brittle tubing and torn domes, a lot of the most common problems are resolvable right here in the office. In some cases, you can walk out with a repaired aid on the same day you brought it in!
What happens elsewhere?
More intensive repairs occur at the manufacturers’ repair labs, including custom casing repairs, embedded receiver issues, internal electrical and hardware problems, and other more extensive services. These repairs are sent directly to the manufacturer for specialized resolution, and typically take about 10 – 14 business days to return to the office. Depending on the age of your devices and the status of your warranty, the cost of these repairs is determined by the manufacturer.
What happens first?
We ask a lot of questions! To help us narrow down the cause and resolution to your problem, you can try these things at home before bringing the device(s) to us: