Do you regularly ask people to repeat what they say?
This is a clue you are suffering from hearing loss. But rather than worry or ignore the issue, find out for sure by booking a hearing test. Audiologists are experts in all aspects of hearing health so for first rate care schedule a test at their office. Here’s what to expect during that visit.
No. 1: Getting to know your needs
The audiologist will take a brief medical history and get an idea of your hobbies. Certain medications can affect your hearing, so it’s important for the audiologist to have the full picture. Also, knowing what activities you take part in can influence the choice of hearing device, should you need one.
No. 2: Examining the ear canal
Now the audiologist will examine your ear canal using a device called an otoscope. This is part light source and part magnification, and helps the audiologist to check for polyps or excess wax in the ear canal which interfere with hearing
No. 3: Testing your hearing
Once the audiologist is happy there is no physical problem with the outer part of your ear, they move onto the hearing test. This involves sitting in a soundproof booth wearing headphones. The audiologist plays a range of sounds and you press a button as soon as you hear something. This allows the audiologist to build up a full picture of the frequencies and volume you can detect.
In addition, the audiologist will ask you to wear a different set of headphones in order to test how well the innermost part of your ear is registering sound. This is known as a bone conduction test and is not in the least painful.
No. 4: Discussing the results
After the test the audiologist will immediately talk you through the results, and make suggestions as to whether a hearing device is appropriate in your case.
No. 5: Deciding on a device
There are many different styles and types of hearing device, each with their own specifications and features. From their knowledge of the pattern of your hearing loss plus the places you are most likely to wear the device, the audiologist will suggest hearing aids best suited to your needs
No. 6: Making an earmold
If you chose a hearing aid that sits deep within the ear canal, the audiologist will now take an impression or ‘earmold’ of your ear. This is then sent away so that earpieces are made that exactly fit your ear.
No. 7: Your fitting appointment
On average it takes two weeks to make your individual hearing device so the last step is for you to book an appointment for a fitting. This is when the audiologist will teach you how to use the device and maintain it, until you feel fully able to face the world wearing your new aid.