Evaluation for Hearing
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 an audiometric evaluation. At the time of the audiometric 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. You may also have to provide some basic questions about your general health history.
Hearing test results
The results from your hearing test will provide the audiologist information on what sounds you may be missing or hearing. The results of this testing will also allow the audiologist to make the best treatment recommendations, which typically includes hearing aids.
Hearing aid recommendation
If your hearing test reveals a permanent hearing loss, hearing aids may be recommended. Your audiologist may explain what sounds you have difficulty hearing, and what hearing aids can do to help. In some cases, you may even be able to listen to a hearing aid. 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. The final decision on which hearing aids are purchased is your choice, but your hearing care professional will make recommendations on the best options for your particular needs.
Once you make a decision, hearing aids are ordered from a manufacturer and then programmed by the audiologist to meet your specific hearing needs. There is an adjustment period with several follow-up appointments when the audiologist will make fine-tuning adjustments for the sound to ensure you’re getting the best listening experience possible.