A provincially registered audiologist is one who has been registered by the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC, to test hearing and prescribe hearing aids. An audiologist has a masters or doctoral degree from a university.
Audiologists have a relatively wider scope of practice than any other hearing healthcare provider in that we can test and fit infants and can also do more specialized types of hearing testing. We are professionals who receive extensive training in the testing, fitting, counselling, and post-fitting follow-up of hearing aids.
A comprehensive hearing test is the first step in determining the degree and type of your hearing loss. The test includes a variety of measurements to rule out any medically treatable causes of hearing loss. Speech testing will also be completed to determine your ability to understand speech. After the test we will explain your test results and discuss with you the best hearing aid style for your hearing loss and personal listening needs.
Once you have been fit with hearing aids, we use state of the art equipment to program your hearing aids. The majority of today’s hearing aids use digital processing and are programmed by connecting the hearing aid to a computer.
After the hearing aids are programmed, using our expertise from many years of experience, real ear measurements are completed. This is done to ensure the hearing aid is doing what the computer predicted it would do and to verify that the most appropriate fitting and programming settings have been made for each patient’s individual hearing loss. Following this, we spend a great deal of time on post fitting follow-up, counselling our clients regarding the process of adapting to aids and providing auditory rehabilitation strategies on an ongoing basis.
Mainland Hearing audiologists Deborah Maloon and Mandy Fisch are delighted to be back in the Dundarave Medical Building at #114-2419 Bellevue Avenue, West Vancouver. Please feel free to stop by or call for an appointment: 604-281-3691