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4 Steps to a Successful Hearing Aid Evaluation

a hearing aid fitting in progress

Looking after your ear health is important and something that should be taken as seriously as any other medical appointment you’d attend on a regular basis. But what can you expect when it comes to getting your ears tested for a hearing aid? Here are the four steps to a successful hearing aid evaluation.

The initial examination

In order to figure out whether you need a hearing aid, an initial examination and diagnostic testing is needed. When you see your audiologist, they’ll likely ask you for your viewpoint on any hearing concerns or complaints you might have. After this testing is complete, you will sit down and discuss the results of your hearing. You could be perfectly fine and have no issues. Even though this is a positive outcome to your hearing test, it’s essential to still keep up with annual visits or to book yourself in for a check-up if any health concerns in relation to your ears persist or get worse.

You may get told by your audiologist that there is some hearing loss and how that might be impacting on your daily life. Discussing the results is important so that you can understand them for yourself and what they mean.

Hearing aid consultation

When you’ve been told that a hearing aid might be needed for the health of your ear, a hearing aid consultation will be next. When it comes to your hearing aid consultation, you’ll be taken through the different models, styles, and technology options that are available. Many believe that the style and look of a hearing aid is still the same, but it has changed dramatically over time, with some being so small, it’s almost invisible. Your hearing needs will be different to that of another person who is getting a hearing aid. Just like you would do when you get glasses or contact lenses, there are several factors to go through in order to find the perfect hearing aid. 

From the shape needed to fit your ear, the severity of your hearing loss and your interest with smartphone compatibility. This process helps you to figure out what’s right for you and what best suits your needs and lifestyle. Everyone's a little bit different, so one model might be perfect for you or it might be a case of picking through a couple of options and seeing which one might be the best.

Fitting the hearing aid

Once you’ve got your hearing aid consultation wrapped up, you’ll then have the right devices and parts ordered by the audiologist on your behalf. The fitting of your hearing aids comes next, and this is an opportunity to initially critique any problems or issues that you might have with the device. You’ll have a trial process of sorts that will help test the quality of the fit and whether it’s something that’s comfortable for you. The quality of the sound and how it improves your hearing will also be tested and all of this is something you can give feedback to your audiologist once the trial is over. It’s important to take this trial period seriously in order to help make a note of all the issues that need ironing out.    

Follow up 

The follow up is something that you’re likely to have once your trial period is over. This is the time where you can sit down with your audiologist and talk through any of the concerns or problems that you had when using the device. It’s important to be ruthless because getting a hearing aid is not simply a temporary thing, and so you want to ensure it’s something that isn’t uncomfortable in any way. Be specific, and your audiologist will make the changes necessary so that you’re given the best device possible for your needs.

A hearing aid is something that you’ll need to get used to, and it might take a few follow up sessions with your audiologist, you should across anything that’s concerning. It’s all beneficial to the overall performance of your hearing aid.

Getting a hearing aid is nothing to be worried about. It’s a device that can really improve your quality of hearing where possible. The style and look of a hearing device have changed and developed so much over the last decade that you may be surprised by the technology these devices have today. If you want to learn more about Independence Hearing and how we can help you, then give us a call at 772-210-1800.