What To Expect

At NW Ear Institute, we work hard to provide you with the highest-quality hearing care, tailored to fit conveniently into your life. As your hearing care provider, we’re passionate about every aspect of your hearing health. Our experienced specialists offer a wide range of safe, effective treatment options for any hearing difficulty. If you ever have questions, we encourage you to ask your doctor for more information.

What to Expect at Your Hearing Aid Evaluation

So, what’s next? Here’s what to expect at your appointment so you can come prepared and confident:

  • Together, we will identify your individual listening lifestyle.
  • You will get an overview of how your hearing works in conjunction with your brain.
  • We will then discuss which technology solutions are the best match for your needs.
  • We will explore various models of hearing aids and your cosmetic preferences.

Please remember to bring a friend or loved one with you to your hearing aid evaluation. There is a lot of important information discussed at the appointment and having an extra person listening on your behalf can be helpful.

Exposure to loud noise

Certain medications


Head trauma


Eardrum blockage

Jaw joint disorders

Hearing loss

Masking: An electronic device called a masker may be worn to distract from the ringing sensation. Maskers fit in the ear similarly to hearing aids and produce low-level sounds. In addition, bedside sound generators and other devices can also help remove the perception of ringing.

Tinnitus Retraining Therapy:A therapeutic process in which we specialize, and has given relief to many of our patients. Our process is a combination of sound therapy and counseling, which alters the brain’s neural signals and weakens the perception of tinnitus, allowing you to live your daily life far more peacefully.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:A type of counseling that helps to change the body’s emotional reaction to tinnitus by altering negative thought patterns and helping to relieve stress.

Sit or stand 3 to 6 feet away to maximize audibility

Raise your voice slightly

Use short, simple sentences

All my questions were answered, and Dr. Harold Kim gave me all the time I needed. Dr. Harold Kim explained things well and gave detailed answers to my different options.


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Dr. Harold Kim is knowledgeable, efficient, and a good communicator. Great combo of expertise and professional/personalism. I appreciate being able to get appointments fairly easily at the clinic — flexibility with scheduling and communication.


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