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Evaluations To Ascertain Your Need For a Hearing Aid

You may know that you need help for your hearing loss, but, it isn’t as simple as buying a hearing aid on the internet. Because of the varied potential causes, a full evaluation with a hearing professional must take place to ascertain the reason for your hearing loss. This will also help to determine which devices might be best suited to help you. During the evaluation, you will give your medical history as well as answer a series of questions examining the type and amount of hearing loss you’re experiencing. Additional conditions, such as tinnitus (a high pitched ringing or tone in the ears), or balance difficulties from inner ear damage will also be examined.

Audiology and ENT’s Can Put You On The Best Course For Treatment

When the professional has had a chance to study your case, they will be able to take the next step: an appointment with an audiologist or an ENT (ear, nose, and throat doctor). Each will be able to help in their own way: an audiologist helps you if a hearing aid is right for you, and an ENT helps if there is a specific condition that can be treated to improve your hearing. Having a referral to the correct professional is the most crucial part of getting your hearing loss treated correctly.

In the case of those who have suffered chronic hearing problems, whether it is mild or severe, a hearing aid will likely be helpful. Through their examination, the doctor can tell you what is happening to your ears, what frequencies you are no longer able to hear, and why. Once you understand your condition a little better, they will begin showing you devices that you can customize to meet your needs. Different sizes will be used, styles will be shown, and fits will be tested. You will have a chance to discuss the different features you may want or need, and sometimes test out different hearing devices to get a feel for the sound they produce. The device you choose is up to you, your needs, and your budget.

Once the selection has been made, you will not be given your hearing aid that day. Your doctor will take measurements of your ear for any molds or fits that need to be customized. An order will be placed for the specific device you have selected. A couple of weeks later the device will arrive, and your doctor will adjust the settings with you present to make sure it works as well as possible. You will then occasionally check in as your get used to your new hearing aid.