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 impacts your day-to-day life as well as the lives of your family. Completing a Hearing and Communcation Questionaire helps us to better understand your lifestyle and hearing needs. What is important to one person may not necessarily be important to another. It is important to bring a family member or friend to this appointment as communication challenges and expectations are discussed.
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 us 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 to a medical doctor specializing in disorders of the ear if you are not a candidate for hearing aids or if there are other medical conditions we thinks should be addressed before hearing aids are recommended.
If your hearing test reveals your hearing can not be medically or surgerical, a hearing aid may be recommended. We will explain what sounds you are not hearing and what hearing aids can do to help. It is at this appointment that you will get to see, touch and hear the difference amplification can make. Dr. Oden and Ms. Walters will help you choose the best hearing aid style, features and level of sophistication based on your degree of hearing loss, lifestyle, and financial circumstances. We will take the journey to better hearing with you and your family.
Once you make a decision, wel may need to 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 programmed to meet your specific hearing needs. This process can take a few weeks, so do not be disappointed when you do not receive your hearing aids the same day as your evaluation.