Evaluation for Hearing Aids
A hearing aid evaluation is comprised of many steps. 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 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 will also be asked to provide answers to some basic questions about your general health history and medication usage.
The results from your hearing test will provide Dr. White an outline of what sounds you may be missing or hearing. The personal answers about your daily life and hearing perception provide the basis for a more comprehensive hearing evaluation. You may be referred to a medical doctor specializing in disorders of the ear if there are other medical conditions Dr. White thinks should be addressed before hearing aids are recommended. This referral can often be the first step in the hearing aid examination.
If your hearing test reveals a permanent hearing loss, a hearing aid may be recommended for one or both ears. Dr. White will explain what sounds you are not hearing and what a hearing aid(s) can do to help. It is usually at this appointment that a particular hearing aid will be recommended. In some cases, you may even be able to listen to a hearing aid. Dr. White will help you choose the best hearing aid 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) you purchase is your choice.
Once you make a decision, Dr. White may take impressions of your ears if custom hearing aids or behind-the-ear hearing aids that require earmolds are selected. Hearing aids must usually be ordered from the manufacturer and then programmed by the audiologist to meet your specific hearing needs. This process can take a several days, so do not be disappointed if you do not receive your hearing aids the same day as your evaluation.