Evaluation for Hearing Aids
The results from your hearing test will provide the hearing care professional information on what sounds you may be missing or hearing. They will also tell the professional what type of hearing loss that you have. If there are any redflags in the hearing test that indicate you need further medical evaluation you will be referred to a physician, preferably one who specializes in diseases of the ear, before being fitted with hearing aids.
Hearing aid recommendation
If your hearing test reveals a permanent hearing loss, hearing aids will be recommended. At this point the professional should attempt to fit you with a demo hearing aid so that you can experience what it will feel like to hear better. Your hearing professional should also explain what sounds you have difficulty hearing, and what hearing aids can do to help. It is usually at this appointment that you will get to see the different styles of hearing aids.Your hearing professional 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. For example many hearing aids, some hearing aids are more beneficial in a noisier environment. So, someone who is less active may not even benefit from this greater level of sophistication. Some hobbies and occupations may benefit from different hearing aid styles or features. For example, someone who is athletic, may do better with in the ear hearing aids, because they are more secure when playing sports. The case history and interview that the hearing professional takes prior to your hearing test will aid them in their recommendations, however the final decision on which solution is invested in is ultimately your choice.
Once you make a decision, the hearing professional 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 your hearing professional to meet your specific hearing needs. There is an adjustment period when wearing hearing aids, so it’s possible your provider may make additional changes to your settings to ensure you’re getting the best listening experience possible. You should have a routine followup scheduled with the provider within 2 weeks fo being fitted with the hearing aids.