Hearing Aid Assessment & Consultations
Dr. Stakiw's philosophy is to provide her patients with the best hearing instruments available based on several factors including lifestyle, the severity of the hearing loss, the impact of the hearing loss on communication, as well as financial considerations. We strive to find the perfect match to help you hear well again.
Most hearing aids come from the major manufacturers listed below. Dr. Stakiw is able to explain which hearing aid would be appropriate for you and why. Please feel free to contact us for a free hearing aid evaluation.
Hearing Aid Repair & Reprogramming
Rocky Mountain Audiology provides hearing aid maintenance, repair and reprogramming for all makes and models of hearing aids. Reprogramming and repair of hearing aids is also available for out of town or traveling patients.
Hearing Aid Evaluations
This FREE appointment is approximately 1 hour in length and Dr. Stakiw will thoroughly discuss all aspects of hearing aids and determine the appropriate hearing aid for your lifestyle, hearing, and budget.
1. Evaluate your lifestyle needs.
What type of activities do you attend? Do you attend meetings or are still working?
2. Determine the Style of Hearing Aid that works best for you.
We will look at the different cosmetic styles of hearing aids. The outward appearance of a hearing aid does not determine the cost. This is the determined by the technology level.
3. Technology level best for you.
This is where your audiologist’s expertise is very important. Hearing aids are computers, with more processing speed than most home computers. They perform millions of computation per second, and adjust for changing sound situations hundreds of times per second. Each step up in technology will make improvements in sound quality or speech perception.
Which level of technology is best for you is a factor of your needs. Since each level up usually denotes a cost increase, your budget must also be factored in.
We offer hearing aids for all budgets.
4. Branding and Options.
There are many different hearing aid manufacturers: Widex, Oticon, Resound, Siemens, Oticon, Phonak, and Starkey, just to name a few. For the most part, the brand of hearing aid isn’t as important as the technology level chosen or the competency of your audiologist.
Long gone are the days when hearing aids were large, obvious and embarrassing. Just like computers and cell phones from a decade ago, hearing aids are now much smaller and offer amazing technological performance for all life styles.
New hearing aids offer a number of high-tech features. They are programmed to compensate for your specific hearing needs. Today’s hearing aids don’t make everything louder- they make sound more distinct.
In other words you can:
- hear better in noisy situations
- identify sounds like chirping birds or a ticking clock
- adjust preferences to your personal comfort levels
Hearing Aid Fittings
Hearing loss is permanent. 90% of hearing loss cannot be corrected surgically or medically, but can be assisted with hearing instruments.
Fitting techniques and technology has changed dramatically over the last 10 years. There are now even cell phone Apps- that can play a role! When you get your first hearing instrument, they are adjusted and programmed to provide the correct amount of amplification specific to a person needs. Based on your age, sex, audiogram results and experience with hearing aids we come up with a prescription for your hearing aids. At Rocky Mountain Audiology, Dr. Stakiw takes a personal interest in ensuring you are provided with a hearing instrument that is adjusted specific to your unique needs.
The initial fitting and the weekly follow up appointments are meant to get you to a position where you no longer have to think about your hearing aids – they are simply part of your day. We work with you during this time, to educate and adjust your new hearing instrument so you get the comfort and sound you deserve. Most hearing aids adapt automatically to get your to your target hearing range. Follow up appointments are included for free in the price of your hearing aids.
Call today to schedule your free appointment at 970.926.6660 or 970.945.7575.
I almost cried the first time I wore my new hearing aids! I couldn't believe how much I was missing.
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Thanks again for helping my mother with her hearing aids. She has needed them for a while, and after listening to you explain her hearing loss she was ready to try them.