Initial Consultation (allow 60 - 75 minutes)
What should you expect from your first appointment?
When you make an initial appointment with Aston Hearing, we will invite you to complete a short self-assessment, so that your audiologist knows a little about your hearing situation before you first meet. In the consultation, the audiologist will examine your ears and auditory canal and note your aural medical history. Pure tone audiometry is then carried out. This is a non-invasive test that reveals the quietest sound you can hear at different frequencies, and produces an audiogram, which highlights the exact areas where you may be experiencing hearing difficulties.
Your audiologist will then explain the audiogram to you, discussing the nature of your hearing loss and how your hearing capabilities could be improved. This does not always mean hearing aids – many clients leave our practice with a range of communication strategies that will help them to manage their day-to-day communication issues. If your audiologist feels that you would benefit from amplification they will recommend suitable hearing devices. These will be discussed in your appointment and also written up in a report for you to consider in your own time.
The hearing assessment costs £60, and there is absolutely no obligation to return to Aston Hearing for any follow-up appointments. A full report of your hearing situation is included in the price of the assessment, along with any medical referrals should you need them. If you are interested in hearing aids but do not quite feel ready, you are welcome to come back to us at any time in the future for a follow-up appointment.
To make your first appointment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01494 733840 for Amersham, or 01844 396057 for Thame. We look forward to meeting you.
Order confirmation and contract confirming details of purchase including invoice that is payable at the fitting stage & full explanation of the 60-day Money Back Guarantee. Impression of ear(s) for production of custom-made hearing instrument/mould. Allow 14 to 21 days for production
Consultation fee: £60 (community discount cards on request)
If you do not wish to try a hearing aid at this time or you would like to consider the options in the comfort of your own home you are encouraged to do so. You will be provided with any medical reports and referrals are forwarded to the relevant people within two days of your initial consultation. Your notes are kept on file for future reference. Should you decide you would like to try a hearing aid at a later date we can pick up from whichever point is necessary.
Fitting, Instruction & Purchase (allow 60 minutes)
- Initial fitting of hearing instrument/s
- Programming / setting to suit your specific hearing loss and lifestyle
- Full instruction on use and care of instrument
- Objectives and goals set to maximise benefit from hearing instrument/s
- Receipt of payment and plan timetable for review appointments
- Review Appointments
- Support Call – Telephone consultation – 3 days after fitting
- 1st Review – One week after fitting – adjustments to instrument/s as required
- 2nd Review – Normally two weeks after fitting – review & adjustments following period of acclimatization
- On-going reviews & adjustments as necessary during the 60-day trial period to ensure instrument/s are providing maximum benefit
If you decide to keep the hearing instrument/s you are provided with one year’s supply of batteries & accessories, and your hearing aid/s are covered by manufacturers warranty for a minimum of 24 months. We will continue to look after you and your hearing aid/s for the life of the aid/s. You are encouraged to come back as many times as you wish for consultations and adjustments within the warranty period there is no charge for these appointments. Once the warranty has expired you can sign up to the Carefree Club, which gives you the peace of mind and benefits of the original warranty. If you decide not to take up the Carefree Club you are able to “pay as you go” for services as required, the average cost of an appointment is £20.
If the hearing aid/s are not proving to be of benefit, simply return them to us, within the agreed returns period, and your money will be refunded in full. There is a consultation fee of £100 which is invoiced at this stage. This is to cover the initial consultation, review appointments, administration of trial and consumables such as moulds and batteries etc. Please note this fee is charged per customer, not per hearing aid – you are not charged more than once, even if you try more than one instrument.