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 diagnostic hearing evaluation. At the time of the diagnostic 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 the hearing care professional 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 it appears there are medical conditions your audiologist thinks should be addressed before hearing aids are recommended. This referral can often be the first step in the hearing aid evaluation.
If appropriate, once medical clearance is obtained, the hearing aid evaluation can proceed. The audiologist will program hearing aids from various manufacturers for your hearing loss. Testing with the hearing aids will take place, and those results, along with your feedback, will help determine which hearing aid(s) are right for you. Once the instruments are selected, your audiologist will help you choose the best style, features and level of technology based on your degree of hearing loss, lifestyle, and financial circumstances. The final decision on which hearing aid(s) is purchased is your choice. Once you make a decision, a hearing aid fitting will be scheduled.