Ask the Audiologist

March 6, 2019    Ask the Audiologist, Hearing Tips

Ask the Audiologist

Q. What can I expect from a hearing aid consultation with you?

The consultation will be with one of our audiologists and will include the following:

A.  Medical History. We will review your medical history and discuss your hearing concerns and your personal listening needs with you to gain an understanding of what you are experiencing. How do you think you are doing in different situations? What are you doing to compensate for hearing issues in your everyday life? This helps to create a dialogue between you and your audiologist to see how hearing loss is affecting you and your loved ones, as well as how it affects your daily routine or business.

The Ear Exam. This exam determines whether your hearing difficulty is caused by an obstruction–such as earwax–or caused by other contributing factors–such as damage to your ear canal or ear drum.

Hearing Test. Our comprehensive hearing test determines the degree of hearing loss in addition to how well your auditory system can process human speech in both quiet and background noise. Your audiologist will conduct a thorough assessment of your hearing in a sound proof booth. This test determines if there is hearing loss, how much, what type, and what frequencies are involved. It will tell us the real reason for your hearing difficulty, and will help you and your audiologist to find the right solution to improve your hearing.

Review of Solutions for Your Hearing. If a hearing loss is found in the results of the test, you will also receive recommendations about actions you can take. You may receive information about hearing protection, communication tips, recommendations to visit your medical doctor, or advice about hearing instruments. If hearing devices are deemed necessary, the evaluation is continued with a discussion regarding specific hearing devices that may benefit you. We work with a number of manufacturing partners to offer patients a wide range of technology and prices.

Back in the day audiologists could only conduct hearing aid evaluations by demonstrating different amplification devices, then letting the patient choose the one that sounded the best. Most hearing aids looked similar and did much of the same thing— amplify sound. Today, we take a much different approach due to the many factors involved in selecting an appropriate hearing device. That may range from style and color to technology level to amenities that can be used through your hearing aids, and a patient’s budget. The old adage, “One size fits all”, doesn’t apply anymore. Therefore, a person’s ear anatomy, level of hearing loss, and lifestyle also play a significant role in choosing a hearing device. A subjective and objective approach is used during our consultations. We apply this rule to our patient-care program in order to accurately determine the best possible hearing solution. Once a particular device is recommended and selected, a personalized demonstration is done to ensure the patient is happy and satisfied.