What to Expect at Your Hearing Care Appointment
Who you see is key
Just as every person is unique, every hearing loss and hearing need is also unique. That’s why it’s always recommended that you consult with a hearing healthcare professional. Hearing healthcare professionals are experts who have the experience and state-of-the-art equipment needed to inspect your ear canal, accurately measure your hearing loss, assess your unique needs and prescribe a solution that takes all this important information into account. You can also count on them to provide all necessary support and ongoing care.
There’s nothing to it
The most difficult step in improving your hearing is the first one: recognizing you need to find out more about your hearing loss and improving your situation. After that, it’s easy. Simply schedule your initial hearing consultation. Most appointments consist of these four steps:
1. Hearing Analysis
Your ears will be examined and you’ll be tested with the latest standard-of-care methods and technology to determine the type of hearing loss you have. Your results will be illustrated in an audiogram that the hearing professional will walk you through. An impression of your ear anatomy may also be made to determine if certain styles (like invisible hearing aids) are appropriate.
2. Lifestyle Discussion
You will be asked about the types of places and listening environments you frequent, discuss what you may have stopped doing or how your relationships with family and friends have been impacted by hearing loss. This is an important step to determine the range of sound settings and technological features appropriate for your lifestyle.
3. Solution Options
If it is determined that hearing aids can help, you’ll get a personalized demonstration of the different options that are appropriate for your level of hearing loss as well as your preference for size, color and features.
4. Budget Discussion
Your hearing professional will help you narrow down your choice of hearing instruments based on the investment you are comfortable making. You will also discuss insurance and financing options.