Hearing Aid Evaluation
There are many steps that are part of an evaluation for hearing aids. 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 see how much your hearing problem impacts your day-to-day life as well as the lives of your family. A complete history will be taken, and questions will be asked about when and how the hearing loss started. For instance, if there is ringing in your ears (tinnitus) and if you experience dizziness. You may also have to provide some basic questions about your general health history.
The results from your hearing aid evaluation will give the audiologist an outline of what sounds you may be missing. However, personal answers about your daily life and perception about your hearing provide the basis for a better hearing evaluation. You may be referred to a medical doctor specializing in disorders of the ear if you are a candidate for hearing aids. Additionally, if there are other medical conditions your audiologist thinks they should address before recommending hearing aids. This referral can often be the first step in the hearing aid examination.
If your hearing test reveals a permanent hearing loss, a hearing aid may be recommended. Your hearing professional may explain what sounds you are not hearing and what a 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 listen to a hearing aid. Your audiologist will help you choose the best hearing aid style, features and level of sophistication. This is based on your degree of hearing loss, lifestyle, and financial circumstances. The final decision on which hearing aids you purchase is your choice.
Custom Hearing Aids
Once you make a decision, the audiologist may take impressions of your ears if you selected custom hearing aids or behind-the-ear hearing aids that require earmolds. Your audiologist should order hearings aids from a manufacturer and then program them to meet your needs. This process can take a few weeks. So don’t be disappointed when you do not receive your hearing aids the same day as your evaluation.