Evaluation for Hearing Aids
If you suspect that you might be a good candidate for a hearing aid, you will first need to have a hearing evaluation. A few steps are involved in getting a hearing aid evaluation. At the time when the evaluation is performed, 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. We may also ask you some basic questions about your general health history.
Hearing test results
The hearing test can provide your hearing care professional with information on which sounds you may be missing or not hearing properly. The results of the hearing test will also allow your audiologist to make the best treatment recommendations, which may involve getting a set of hearing aids.
Hearing aid recommendation
Hearing aids may be the recommended treatment if your hearing test reveals a permanent hearing loss. Your audiologist will go through the results with you and explain which sounds you have difficulty hearing, and how hearing aids may help to improve the situation. It is often at this appointment that you will get to see and feel the different styles of hearing aids that are available. Your hearing professional will help you pick the best hearing aid style to fit your needs with the right features and a level of sophistication that works for your degree of hearing loss, financial circumstances, and lifestyle. Certain hearing aid styles & features may better fit particular hobbies and occupations. To assist the evaluation process, your audiologist may have you fill out a questionnaire. It is always your choice on which hearing aids are purchased in the end, but your hearing care professional may make recommendations based on your particular needs.
If you have selected behind-the-ear hearing aids or custom hearing aids that require earmolds, your audiologist will take impressions of your ears. Most often, hearing aid sets must be ordered from a manufacturer and then send to your hearing professional for programming. There is almost always a period of adjustment when it comes to wearing hearing aids, so it’s possible your provider may have to tweak the settings to ensure you’re getting the best possible listening experience.