What to Expect When You Schedule Your Dr. Darrow, Ph.D., Approved Hearing Assessment at Intermountain Audiology:
1. Before the Appointment
Our commitment to each patient begins before you ever step foot in our office. To provide education to our patients on our process and treatment options, we will send you an information packet, along with Dr. Darrow’s best selling ‘Stop Living In Isolation’ book and accompanying audio CD. In this book Dr. Darrow, Ph.D., will answer two-dozen of the most popular questions he has received from his patients over the past 20 years. Everything from ‘how are hearing loss and Dementia are connected?’, to ‘what are the different treatment options?’, to ‘how affordable are hearing loss treatment options?.
2. Dr. Darrow, Ph.D., Approved Hearing Assessment
Performed by Doctors of Audiology or Board-Certified Specialists, Dr. Darrow’s Approved Hearing Assessment is a comprehensive diagnostic procedure intended to define the degree of hearing loss and examine the impact of hearing loss on understanding words and conversation in both quiet and background noise environments. The best treatment begins with the best evaluation; and Excellence in Audiology™ certified clinics all over the country are using Dr. Darrow’s proven evaluation skills to provide the best treatment in restoring clarity.
3. NeuroTechnology™ and Treatment Options: The Journey to Improved Speech Understanding
We hear with our brains, not our ears.
Neurotechnology™, the new generation of hearing loss technology, is designed to treat the cognitive impairments of hearing loss. Unlike traditional hearing aids that are manufactured to simply make things louder, today’s treatment options restore clarity of speech in all listening situations, including rooms with significant background noise. There are several Neurotechnology™ options available depending on results of the hearing assessment.
Neurotechnology™ stimulates the auditory system dependent on several factors, including the extent of impairment and the delay in treating hearing loss (e.g. how long have you been living with untreated hearing loss). Treatment begins at the initial appointment and over the first few weeks and month there is an adaptive process occurring as the patient’s brain becomes adapted to restored clarity.
4. Adaptation to NeuroTechnology™
In an ideal world, we would begin treatment for each patient the first day their hearing loss started. However, in the real world, statistics tell us that patients’ tend to wait an average of 7-years before starting treatment.
Stimulation of the auditory system has a positive impact on the entire brain – and needs to be delivered at a conservative pace to insure a successful treatment. Dr. Darrow’s method of adapting clarity and volume levels within the first few months has been shown to be the most effective treatment rate – with the highest patient satisfaction.
Upon beginning treatment, the patient can expect to experience new experiences and new sounds and can expect to visit the office 2-3 times over the first 30-60 days to dial in on exact sound stimulation levels. While science is the driving force behind NeuroTechnology™, patient experience and feedback help guide the treatment process.
Understanding the adaptive process of the brain is the basis for our comprehensive training program that encompasses total auditory rehabilitation and active, engaged living for our patients. As your hearing diminished over time, so did your brain’s ability to orient, localize, and focus on the speech sounds you want to hear. Think of this stage of treatment as the “physical therapy” for your ears.
Our comprehensive auditory and brain stimulation program will help you think faster, focus better, and remember more of what you hear.
5. Scientific Verification of Improved Hearing Ability
It is critical that treatment be scientifically verified and validated. ‘Real-ear’ measurements provide a method to objectively assess the accuracy and stimulation levels of NeuroTechnology™ when placed in the patient’s ear. Real-ear measurements are considered the “gold standard” method for achieving a proper clarity and stimulation.
6. Ongoing Relationship and Personalization of Hearing Needs
Your hearing needs continue to change throughout life and so we value our ongoing relationship with patients. We commit to working with each patient for many years to come. Our comprehensive treatment program includes service, cleanings, supplies, annual hearing assessments and ongoing support for years to come. When you work with our practice you have a partner in enhanced hearing and improved quality of life and we will always look forward to seeing you whenever you need our help.