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What to Expect at Your Hearing Care Appointment
Posted by The Hearing Doctor on May 13, 2016
The most difficult step to improving your hearing is the first one: recognizing you need to find out more about your hearing loss and improving your situation. The next step is to schedule a complete hearing consultation. It is very important to see someone who specializes in hearing issues. This is where we can help! We have the training and equipment needed to inspect your ear canal, accurately measure your hearing loss, assess your unique needs and prescribe solutions to best fit those needs. Simply contact us today to schedule your initial hearing consultation. To better understand what exactly happens at a hearing care appointment, we’ve listed out the four steps that most appointments consist of:
- Hearing Test
Your ears will be visually examined and you’ll be tested with the latest standard-of-care methods and technology to determine the type of hearing loss you have. Your results will be illustrated in an audiogram that the hearing professional will walk you through. An impression of your ear anatomy may also be made with putty to determine if certain styles (like invisible hearing aids) are appropriate.
- Lifestyle Discussion
You will be asked about the types of places and listening environments you frequent to determine the range of sound settings and technological features appropriate for your lifestyle.
- Hearing Aid Options
You will see the different hearing aids that are designed for your level of hearing loss as well as your preferences for size, color and invisibility.
- Budget Discussion
Your hearing professional will help you narrow down your choice of hearing instruments based on the investment you are comfortable making. You will also discuss insurance and/or financing options.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions while you are at your appointment. Here are some examples of questions to ask during your appointment:
- How bad is my hearing loss?
- Is it medically treatable?
- Are there specific frequencies or types of sounds I have more trouble with than others?
- What are my treatment options?
- Would hearing aids help me?
- Can you tell me what’s new in hearing aid technology?
- What’s the difference between non-wireless and wireless hearing aids?
- Can I prevent further hearing loss?
- Is there anything I can do on my own to hear better?
If you’re ready to get started, contact us today to schedule your appointment!