Some people who suspect they may have hearing loss hesitate to get their hearing tested. There are a few reasons for the trepidation. One is that hearing loss will be evident once testing is completed. While people do not like the fact that they are missing parts of conversations, they will put off a test for as long as possible to avoid dealing with hearing aids. Another reason is they believe the process to slow, complicated, and expensive.
A Simple Process
Discussing issues with an audiologist is the first step. It is important for the professional to know the extent of the perceived loss as the person experiences it. Some questions asked are aimed at learning if symptoms happen only in a crowd, at times when there is background noise, or all the time. This informs the techniques and starting point for the hearing test.
Test results are clear right after the test is completed. There is no waiting for two weeks while another professional interprets the test. A second appointment does not have to be scheduled to discuss solutions. The audiologist is prepared to discuss results and explore remedies at the same appointment scheduled for the testing.
Learning about Hearing Aids
If a hearing aid or two aids are recommended, the ear and canal is examined to determine which type of device will suit the needs and fit comfortably. Much of this discussion will center around the degree of loss and the shape of the ear. Not all hearing problems will be resolved with an ear canal device. These are preferable because they are barely visible while worn, but they do have limitations.
That does not mean the only other option is a large device that goes around the outside of the ear. There are several options of all sizes that can be considered in most cases. Ask questions, compare features and disadvantages to each model suggested, and make sure all information is clearly understood before making a final choice.
A Second Appointment
Once a final decision is made, the device(s) are ordered and will usually be available in one to two weeks. A final fitting appointment is made, and the total process is completed. Follow up appointments are scheduled at intervals of six to twelve months or sooner if the wearer is having problems with adjusting to the hearing aids.