Berkeley Hearing Center

Compassionate, Professional, Comprehensive Hearing Health Care

2118 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

510-841-0681

Hearing Aid Dispensing and Fitting

Our audiologists will sit down and talk with you about your hearing  options. Only after we have completed a screening and evaluation will we work with you to find the next appropriate step in your care. It is our goal to make sure we are fitting our patients with the most beneficial hearing aid products available. Our hearing aid consultations are the perfect way to get answers to any questions you may have.

Hearing aid consultations allow a personalized selection of the technology and style of amplification that best suits your needs, based on your audiometric evaluation, listening environments/needs and lifestyle.  We will incorporate the anatomy of your ear, dexterity, visual acuity into our recommendations, so that you are able to easily and effectively use your new hearing aids. We will consider your budget along with your previous amplification experience.

Once you have selected your hearing aids after an evaluation, we will program them to meet your hearing needs. We will explain how to use the devices, how to put them in the ear and how to remove them, how to change batteries and how to care for and clean the devices. It is also a good idea to bring family members or close friends to the hearing aid fitting so they can help remember all the information that is given and be a support to you.

When you put the hearing aids in for the first time, you may have different emotions about the sounds you hear. This is normal and to be expected. The goal of the hearing aid is to make everyday sounds audible and comfortable, but the sound you hear should be clear and pleasant. Small changes can be made to the hearing aids at your first fitting if there are things that you feel should be adjusted right away. 

Attitude is one important key to success with hearing aids. Hearing aid studies have shown that people who have a positive attitude do better with hearing aids. If you, as well as your spouse or family, approach your hearing aid fitting with a positive outlook you will have a much better listening experience more quickly. Keep in mind that it may take some time to get used to the sounds you were missing, and by working closely with your hearing professional, you will get the most out of your new hearing aids.