The first step in assessing an individual's Hearing is a Hearing Evaluation. If you have a hearing loss, the degree, form, and details of your particular hearing loss will be determined. The hearing test will be performed in their office by a Hearing Instrument Specialist or Audiologist.
Each Hearing Evaluation consists of a series of assessments that evaluate the specific characteristics of the ears and hearing, as well as the extent at which voices and other sounds can be heard and understood. The findings of this examination will give the provider the specifics they need to determine the need for help. These specifics may inlcude the type of loss and degree of loss.
Why an Evaluation?
Hearing tests diagnose hearing damage and provide valuable input to the hearing aid provider and better decide the right plan of action for recovery. This test will provide the sounds that you fail to hear most, whether you struggle with high or low frequencies.
Each Hearing Evaluation lets the provider decide which type, style and technology level of the Hearing Aid, if it is determined that you will benefit from hearing aids.
What To Expect
Usually, the assessment takes up to ONE HOUR. Each evaluation will consist of
- Complete Otoscopic Examination (See in your own Ear!!!)
- Case History (To determine what COULD have caused a hearing loss)
- Threshold Testing (To determine the degree and type of loss)
- Loudness discomfort level testing (To see how sesnsitive you are to louder sounds)
- Speech Testing (To determine how well you understand speech compared to normal)
- Evaluation Review ( To determine if there is a need)
- Digital Demonstration (To determine the benefit of Hearing Aids)
It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you bring a family member or close friend with you to the Hearing Evaluation. Many experts believe that a hearing loss is a family problem.
Your hearing aid fitter will explore with you the various types, such as in-the-canal (ITC) , in-the-ear (ITE) or behind-the-ear (BTE or RIC). Your provider will also take this opportunity to explore the different parts and features of all of the different models available.
The Hearing Evaluation is an opportunity to develop a relationship with your Specialist or Audiologist. Don't be afraid to ask ANY question. You may want to be specific about the information you are curious about so that you can be an involved partner in seeking Instruments that fit well for you and your lifestyle.
There are several steps that are part of a hearing aid evaluation. 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. You may also have to provide some basic questions about your general health history.
Hearing Test Results
The results from your hearing test will provide the hearing care professional information on what sounds you may be missing or hearing. The results of this testing will also allow the hearing care professional to make the best treatment recommendations, which typically includes hearing aids.
Hearing Aid Recommendation
Hearing aids may be recommended if the hearing test shows permanent hearing damage. A hearing specialist can illustrate what sounds are difficult for you to hear, and what hearing aids may do to help. This is the time where you can get to see and touch multiple hearing aid types. We will then be able to deternmine the pros and cons of each type and style, and what will work best for you.
Based on your degree of hearing loss, lifestyle, and financial conditions, the Provider will help you pick the correct hearing aid type, features, and technology level. Some hobbies and occupations may benefit from different hearing aid styles or features, so your hearing care provider may have you fill out a questionnaire to assist during the evaluation process.
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.