Hearing Instruments (hearing aids)

  • Modern hearing instruments are sophisticated electronic devices. The miniaturization of hearing instruments have made them cosmetically acceptable to almost all users. Many are designed in such a way that they are barely visible when worn on the ear.

    How do I know whether I will need a hearing instrument?

    The first step is to have a full diagnostic hearing test performed. Based on the results from the hearing test you will be advised as to whether you are a candidate for hearing instruments. Elbé spends a significant amount of time explaining the results from the hearing test and how the hearing loss can potentially affect a person’s communication and everyday functioning.

    How do I know what hearing instrument to buy?

    There are a number of hearing instruments on the market. Elbé will discuss with you the type, size and different levels of technology. Patients are encouraged to make an informed decision regarding their purchase and to ask questions.

    Recent developments in hearing instrument technology

    New and improved products are introduced to the market on a regular basis. Some of the latest developments include

    • Hearing instruments that improve the user’s ability to understand speech in group environments and in the presence of background noise.
    • Hearing instruments that can “learn” the user’s preferences (e.g. volume preference) for different environments. The hearing instrument’s settings are then automatically adjusted.
    • Remote controls that not only make it easier to control the hearing instruments, but that also allow easy wireless access to cellphones and other electronic devices such as televisions or computers.

The fitting process

  • The fitting of hearing instruments is not an event, but rather a process. The use of sophisticated software and equipment to fit and programme hearing instruments is just the starting point. Once fitted, time is spent to ensure that the user knows how to use and take care of the devices. After this initial fitting session follow-up visits are scheduled to guide the user through the process of getting used to using and listening with their new devices.

    Although many users accept the sound quality and use of hearing instruments very easily, some individuals need more time to adjust. Considering the fact that hearing instruments provide access to sound that in most cases the user has not heard in many years, this is not surprising. The brain has to re-learn how to use the “new” sounds in a meaningful way, and this can take time.

Our Services

Hearing tests

Hearing tests are not painful and are performed in a comfortable environment.

Hearing protection

Hearing loss due to noise exposure is highly preventable. All products are custom made from a high quality silicone or acrylic material.

Assistive listening devices

Assistive listening devices can be used in combination with hearing instruments or independently

Central auditory processing testing.

Comprehensive testing and management.