Hearing Aid Evaluation
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. A questionnaire, or a few, will be administered to see how much a hearing problem is impacting your life. This will help us determine which areas we want to track to see where improvements are happening.
The results from your hearing test will provide your audiologist 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.
If your hearing test reveals a permanent hearing loss, hearing aids may be recommended. Your audiologist will explain what sounds you are not hearing and what a hearing aid(s) can do to help in the situations that are most important to you. Your audiologist will help you choose the best hearing aid(s) style, features and level of sophistication based on your degree of hearing loss and lifestyle.
Once you make a decision, your audiologist may take impressions of your ears 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 will be programmed by your audiologist to meet your specific hearing needs. This process can take up to a few weeks.