Your Hearing Aid Consultation
If you have been recently diagnosed with hearing loss, then hearing aids are the likely solution recommended by your local provider. When it comes to managing hearing loss and choosing a new hearing aid, there is a lot to consider and a wealth of information to understand before making a selection.
It can be confusing and even overwhelming deciding what device may be right for you. Which style of hearing aid you choose and the technologies inside depend on the type and severity of your hearing loss. Fortunately, with the help of a hearing professional, you may rest assured that you will select the appropriate hearing device that fits your specific need.
One of the first things your provider will do is listen to you. It is important that your provider understands your medical and family history, lifestyle, daily activities, and a little about your home or work environments. This information will help them to best understand your hearing health. Knowing your needs, as well as your expectations will help your provider to recommend the best possible hearing aid solution for you.
Hearing Aid Exam Results
During your consultation, your provider will review with you the results of your comprehensive hearing examination. Together you will discuss what types of sounds you may not be hearing, any indication of permanent hearing loss, and what solutions may be suitable for your needs.
After analyzing your hearing results, your provider may recommend a hearing aid for one or both ears and explain how hearing aids can support and help with your hearing loss.
Hearing Aid Options
Hearing aid technology and personalization options have advanced a great deal in recent years. There are many hearing aid styles and features available, each serving a specific need. A provider’s goal is to find the right one for you. Expect to be able to see and handle different hearing aid styles during your consultation.
Typically, hearing aid recommendations are based on 3 criteria:
- Hearing Loss Severity
- Personal Lifestyle
- Financial Circumstances
Once your selection has been made, your provider may take an impression of your ears (depending on hearing aid style) for a custom fit hearing device. Often hearing aids must be ordered from the manufacturer and then programmed by your provider in order to benefit your hearing needs, because of this it is not always possible to receive your hearing aids same day.
Additional Hearing Aid Information
Throughout your hearing aid consultation, you will have the opportunity to ask your provider about any concerns or questions you may have. Again, the goal of your hearing aid consultation is to provide you with the best hearing aid technology necessary to support your hearing loss and enable you to communicate more easily.