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South Australia Speech and Hearing Centre - Adelaide

Hearing Aids

 

 

 

Hearing Loss

South Australia Speech and Hearing Centre (SASHC) is an independent service provider that delivers comprehensive hearing health care and intervention services for all ages. Our fully accredited Audiologists and Speech Pathologists assist clients in identifying and understanding their hearing impairment and will help in finding individualised solutions. This may include hearing aids, assistive listening devices and aural rehabilitation.

 

SASHC is a unique service that utilises the expertise of onsite speech pathologists that specialise in communication. Your daily communication needs are our key focus and our intervention is targeted to this. Our audiologists and speech pathologists work closely together to ensure that all of your hearing and communication needs are met in order for you to fully participate in all situations.

 

Our audiologists and speech pathologists are full members of the governing bodies with clinical competence certification and are dedicated to helping clients and their family’s emotional, physical and psychological needs. We strive to improve the quality of life of our patients. The center offers comprehensive hearing assessment services and rehabilitation for infants, children and adults.

 

What is a hearing aid?

Hearing aids are little amplification devices that amplify sounds so they can be heard. However, in time these devices have become “communication” devices which dynamically change the level of amplification to suit various listening environments.

 

What are the types of hearing aids?

There are various types of hearing aids available. The styles available include:

  • Completely in the Canal (CIC)
  • In The Ear (ITE)
  • Behind the Ear (BTE)
  • Receiver in the Canal (RIC)/ Receiver in the Ear (RIE)

The type of hearing aids prescribed will depend on the degree of hearing loss.


Will hearing aids help?

It is important to understand that hearing aids will help with your hearing, however, how well you communicate will depend on you. Hearing aids on their own improve sound clarity and volume but if they are not worn consistently and used optimally, you will not be getting the most out of them. Understanding what hearing aids do and how to best use them is an important factor to success and can significantly improve quality of life for those with a hearing loss.

 


What happens at my appointments?

At your first appointment, the audiologist will carry out a full diagnostic hearing assessment. Your hearing loss will be discussed with you. It is at this appointment that you and your communication partner(s) will discuss difficulties and troubles you experience in various situations. The rehabilitation options will be discussed with you, along with recommendations on methods to improve communication. If a hearing aid is warranted, we will go through the best option for your hearing loss and discuss the various features that you may benefit from. If you decide to progress with ordering a hearing aid, the devices will be ordered for you.

 

A fitting appointment will be organised two weeks from the order date to fit and tune the hearing device(s) to your individual hearing levels. You will be shown how to insert, use and control the hearing device(s). You will also be given information about maintaining and caring for the instruments and what to expect while you are adjusting to your hearing device(s).


A follow-up appointment will be arranged two weeks post the fitting appointment. This session is to ask about the use, benefit and satisfaction you gain from wearing the hearing device(s). We may also make adjustments to the device(s), if necessary. We will check your communication progress and talk about hearing tactics and communication strategies.

 

Who should attend my appointments?

As we consistently strive to ensure that your hearing device(s) is working for you, we suggest that your primary communication partner(s) attend appointments. This will allow us to maximise your hearing outcomes with the people you communicate most with.

 

Will I have a choice of manufacturer for my hearing aids?

We are 1 of only 2 organisations in South Australia that are registered members of the Independent Audiologists Australia Association. As we are not owned by or closely affiliated with any one manufacturer of hearing aids, we are able to provide a range of brand options to our clients and tailor a solution that best meets the needs of the client.

 

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