In preparation for your hearing test, it is best to have your ears clear of wax. We can often deal with wax if we find it, but it’s best to take care of any wax problem before you come to have your hearing checked and improved.
When you arrive at our office, the first thing you will do will be to fill out a short hearing health questionaire and some information about your hearing abilities, needs, and desires.
As you are brought into our testing room, we will look into your ears to discover any wax or debris in your ear canal that might be impairing your hearing. The integrity and health of your eardrum is also noted. If you wish, we can use a video otoscope to allow you a view into your own ears.
A hearing evaluationis the next step in determining your hearing capability and the extent, type, and specifics of your individual hearing loss. The hearing evaluation will be performed by one of our hearing instrument specialists, using a device called an audiometer. The hearing evaluation consists of a variety of tests to determine the unique aspects of your hearing loss, as well as the levels at which you can detect and understand speech.
Why is a hearing evaluation important?
Hearing evaluations identify hearing loss and give your hearing instrument specialist important information to help determine the best course of action for treatment. Whether you struggle with high or low frequencies, this test will provide the sounds you most struggle to hear.
If it is determined that you could benefit from hearing aids, the hearing evaluation helps your hearing instrument specialist know which devices and features will be most appropriate for your needs.
What can you expect during a hearing evaluation?
The evaluation typically lasts up to one hour. You should also allow for time for discussion with the hearing instrument specialist to review test results and ask questions.
It is recommended that you bring a family member with you to the evaluation appointment. Most professionals agree that hearing loss is a family issue. It helps to have another supportive person at the appointment to help you understand the information and recommendations.
If the determination is made that you need hearing aids, allow for sufficient time to discuss your options. Your hearing instrument specialist will discuss the different styles with you, such as in-the-canal, in-the-ear or behind-the-ear options. They will also use this time to talk about the various features hearing aids offer, like Bluetooth, directional microphones and masking features for noisy environments.
The hearing evaluation is a good chance to establish a relationship with your hearing instrument specialist. Above all, don’t be afraid to ask questions. You will want to be clear on any information you receive so that you can be an active participant in finding hearing solutions that work best for you and your lifestyle.