There are many steps that are part of a full hearing evaluation. If you suspect that you might need a hearing aid, you will first need to have a hearing screening. (Schedule a FREE Screening Now)
A hearing screening is a simple test to determine if you have any hearing loss, and at which frequency levels you are having difficulties with.
Hearing loss is a prevalent chronic condition among adults of all ages. It is recognized that hearing loss increases as a function of age, especially for frequencies at 2000 Hz and above. However, adults tend to ignore its effects, delay their decision to seek audiologic services, and tend to put off recommended treatments, which can have a negative affect on your life.
While more than 30% of people over 65 have some type or hearing loss, 14% of those between 45 and 64 have hearing loss. Close to 8 million people between the ages of 18 and 44 have hearing loss.
If you have had a hearing screening and the results showed you may have hearing loss, the next step is a complete hearing evaluation. At the time of your 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 us with 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, a hearing aid may be recommended for one or both ears. We will explain what sounds you are not hearing and what a hearing aid can do to help. It is usually at this appointment that you will get to see and touch different styles of hearing aids. In some cases, you may even be able to listen to a hearing aid. We 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. The final decision on which hearing aid you purchased is your choice.
Once you make a decision, we 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 programmed by our Hearing Instrument Specialist to meet your specific hearing needs. This process can take a few days to a couple of weeks, so do not be disappointed if you do not receive your hearing aids the same day as your evaluation.