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 a hearing evaluation. At the time of the hearing evaluation, a case history will be taken to obtain a general health history and how much your hearing problem impacts your day-to-day life, as well as the lives of your family.
This Hearing Loss Simulator can show you how your hearing changes as you age.
Hearing Test Results
The results from your hearing test will provide the audiologist with information on what sound frequencies you may be missing as well as how the level of sound is reduced. Word recognition scores will help determine how well your brain interprets the information received from the ears. The results of this testing will also allow the audiologist to make the best treatment recommendations, which typically includes hearing aid technology once any medical issues are resolved.
Hearing Aid Recommendation
If your hearing test reveals a permanent hearing loss, hearing aids may be recommended. Your audiologist will review what sounds you have difficulty hearing, and what 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. We also offer live demonstrations of hearing aids programmed for your hearing loss. Your audiologist will help you choose the best hearing aid style, features and level of sound processing based on your degree of hearing loss, lifestyle, and budget. Your age, lifestyle, occupation, and associated health conditions are important factors to determine what is the best choice for you. Advancements in technology, wireless accessories and Bluetooth connectivity with Smartphones have greatly improved performance and ease of use. The final decision on which hearing aids are purchased is your choice, but you and your audiologist will together find the best choice for you.
An impression of your ears will be taken if you selected custom hearing aids or behind-the-ear hearing aids that require earmolds. Hearing aids must usually be ordered from a manufacturer and then programmed for your specific hearing needs by your audiologist. You will be given a 45 day evaluation period with scheduled follow-up to make any necessary programming adjustments and review questions or concerns. We want to ensure you’re getting the best listening experience possible!