A hearing evaluation is the first step in determining whether or not you have a hearing loss. Even if you have a loss it might only be a TEMPORARY hearing loss that some people experience when they have a minor ear infection or become wax impacted. If you have a hearing loss, and it isn’t infection or wax impaction related, the hearing test will detail the extent, type, and specifics of your particular hearing loss. Our hearing instrument specialist will perform your hearing evaluation in a sound proof booth in our office.
The hearing evaluation consists of a variety of tests to determine the unique aspects of your hearing loss, as well as the level at which you can detect and understand speech. The results of this test will provide our hearing instrument specialist with the details he’ll need to accurately recommend the proper treatment. At Ideal Hearing Solutions, we will also test your ability to understand speech in noisy situations, as this is the number one complaint of people who suffer from hearing loss. By testing your ability to understand speech in both quiet and noisy settings, we will be able to show you reasonable expectations for how you should hear in these situations when wearing hearing aids.
Why is a hearing evaluation important?
Hearing evaluations identify hearing loss and give us important information to help determine the best course of action for treatment. Whether you struggle with high or low frequencies, this test will show which specific sounds you most struggle to hear.
If it is determined that you could benefit from hearing aids, the hearing evaluation helps our hearing instrument specialist know which devices and features will be most appropriate for your needs.
What can you expect during
a hearing evaluation?
The evaluation typically lasts up to one hour. You should also allow time for discussion with our hearing instrument specialist to review test results and ask questions.
It is recommended that you bring a family member with you to the evaluation appointment. Most professionals agree that hearing loss is a family issue. It helps to have another supportive person at the appointment to help you understand the information and recommendations.
If the determination is made that you need hearing aids, allow for sufficient time to discuss your options. Our hearing instrument specialist will discuss the different styles with you, such as in-the-canal, in-the-ear or behind-the-ear options. We will also use this time to talk about the various features hearing aids offer, like Bluetooth, directional microphones and masking features for noisy environments.
The hearing evaluation is a good chance to establish a relationship with your hearing instrument specialist. Above all, don’t be afraid to ask questions, remember, ther are NO stupid questions!. You will want to be clear on any information you receive so that you can be an active participant in finding hearing solutions that work best for you and your lifestyle.