Evaluation for Hearing Aids
If you struggle to follow conversations, feel that everyone is mumbling, or friends and family are always having to repeat themselves, you probably need a hearing test. There are several parts to a comprehensive hearing evaluation beginning with a case history which allows you to explain your issues in your own words, as well as providing vital background information. The most important information is how the hearing loss is affecting you and your loved ones, and what scenarios you struggle the most in. There will also be questions about your general health and contact information. For the other steps in the hearing evaluation see: /hearing-test/
Hearing Test Results
Once the hearing test is finished, there will be a consultation where the hearing instrument specialist will go over your results. These test results provide the specialist with the information required, along with your case history, to find the best treatment option for you. The primary treatment for most hearing losses is amplification with hearing aids. The results are also used to calculate the fitting formula for your hearing aids to maximize your understanding.
Hearing Aid Recommendation
If the hearing testing reveals a temporary hearing loss, you will generally be referred to your doctor to explore medical treatments first. If the hearing loss is permanent (sensori-neural) in nature, hearing aids are generally recommended.
Your specialist will explain what sounds you have difficulty hearing, and in what situations as part of the explanation, as well as what hearing aids will do to help. At this point you will be able to see different styles of hearing aids, and will be offered a listening demonstration.
Your hearing professional will work with you to determine the best style, feature set, technology level and accessories to suit your loss, lifestyle and financial circumstances. Certain hobbies or careers will be more demanding on your hearing, and may therefore steer the recommendation towards a particular option. The final decision is in your hands, but your hearing care professional will recommend the best option based on your needs.
Once you have decided on a course of action, impressions of your ears will be taken if required, you will be given the ADP form to take to your doctor and the hearing instruments can be ordered. The time it takes to receive them varies depending on availability, but they will generally arrive in the clinic in about a week. At this point they will be programmed for your specific loss and preferences, and you will be contacted to come in for the fitting.
As the programming is all done in clinic, nothing is ever set in stone. Anytime you feel there is a change in your hearing or your personal preferences, we can perform a new hearing test, and the hearing aids can be adjusted accordingly.