Evaluation for Hearing Aids
There are many 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 determine 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, 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 test will provide the Doctor of Audiology an outline of what sounds you may be missing or hearing, but the personal answers about your daily life and perception about your hearing provide the basis for a more comprehensive hearing evaluation. You may be referred back to your primary care physician if test results reveal a problem in the outer or middle ear space.
If your hearing test reveals permanent, sensorineural hearing loss, treatment options will be made. The Doctor of Audiology will review your test results with you. The audiologist will explain what sounds you are not hearing and how a hearing aid or implantable device solution will help. It is usually at this appointment that you will get to see and touch different styles of hearing aids. Our audiologists will help you choose the best treatment option based on style, features, and level of sophistication based on your degree of hearing loss, lifestyle and financial circumstances.
Our office offers many levels of technology and service packages to fit everyone's hearing loss and budget.
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. Hearing aids are ordered from the manufacturer and it takes approximately two weeks to process. A fitting appointment will be scheduled.