Hearing Aid Evaluations
In order to determine if you are a candidate for a hearing aid, we will need to complete a comprehensive hearing evaluation followed by a hearing aid consultation. This might be completed on the same day or can be split up into two separate appointment dates.
Prior to the hearing evaluation, a complete history will be taken to better understand your symptoms. Questions will be asked about when and how the hearing loss started, if there is ringing in your ears (tinnitus), if you experience pain or dizziness, and if others in your family experience similar symptoms. We will also want to know if you have been exposed to loud noises through recreational activities or through a job or military service.
The comprehensive hearing evaluation will then be performed by one of our audiologists. Results from this testing will provide us with a better understanding of what specific sounds you may be missing and how you interpret words in quiet and noisy environments. Overall, it gives us a better picture of the degree of loss you have, compared to those with normal hearing. If we find that the results are consistent with a medical condition that needs attention, you will be referred to one of our Ear, Nose, and Throat physicians. If your hearing test reveals a permanent hearing loss without the need for medical attention, a hearing aid may be recommended for one or both ears.
This brings us to the hearing aid consultation. It is during this consultation when the audiologist will explain what sounds you are not hearing and what a hearing aid(s) can do to help. You will get to see and touch different styles of hearing aids. In some cases, you may even be able to listen to a hearing aid. Your audiologist will help you choose the best hearing aid(s) style, features and level of sophistication based on your degree of hearing loss, lifestyle, and financial circumstances. Although we will be there to guide you in your decision, the final choice of which hearing aid(s) is purchased is yours to make.
Once you make a decision, the hearing professional may take impressions of your ears if you selected custom hearing aids or behind-the-ear hearing aids that require ear molds. Hearing aids must usually be ordered from a manufacturer and then programmed by your hearing professional to meet your specific hearing needs. This process can take anywhere from one to two weeks.