Evaluation for Hearing Aids
There are several steps that are part of a hearing aid evaluation. If you suspect that you might need a hearing aid, you will first need to have a hearing evaluation. At the time of the hearing evaluation, a case history will be taken to determine how much your hearing problem impacts your day-to-day life as well as the lives of your family members. You will also have to provide basic answers about your general health history and about your lifestyle. This includes work related duties, hobbies, social life and family dynamics, as this information helps the audiologist customize your future hearing treatment and possibly suggest hearing loss prevention measures.
Hearing test results
The results from your hearing test will provide the audiologist with information regarding the sensitivity of your hearing, as well as your ability to understand amplified speech, both in quiet and in the presence of noise. The results of this testing will allow the audiologist to make appropriate treatment recommendations, whether it be hearing aids, assistive devices, or a referral for further evaluation by an Ear, Nose and Throat physician.
Hearing aid recommendation
If your hearing test reveals a permanent hearing loss, hearing aids may be recommended. Your audiologist will explain what sounds you have difficulty hearing, and what hearing aids can do to help. It is usually at this appointment that you will get to see and touch different styles of hearing aids. In some cases, you may even be able to experience a demonstration of the newest technology available. Your audiologist will help you choose the best hearing aid style, features and level of sophistication based on your degree of hearing loss, lifestyle, and financial circumstances. Some hobbies and occupations may benefit from different hearing aid styles or features, and your audiologist will take these things into account when making a recommendation. The final decision on which hearing aids are purchased is your choice, however your audiologist will recommend what they feel will best treat your hearing loss, considering your priorities, your expectations, and your lifestyle.
Once you make a decision, the audiologist may take impressions of your ears to insure a customized fit. Hearing aids must be ordered from a manufacturer and then programmed by your audiologist to meet your specific hearing needs. Once you are fit with hearing aids, your audiologist will meet with you periodically to check in and see how you are doing. Further programming of the hearing aids is to be expected as you adjust to your new level of hearing. Once you are acclimated to hearing well, your audiologist will run additional tests on your hearing aids to ensure you’re getting the best listening experience possible.