Hearing Aid Evaluation
What to Expect at Your First Appointment
Whether we are seeing you at your home or in one of our offices, we follow a four-step process. Your Doctor of Audiology will gain a full understanding of your situation so they are able to diagnose any hearing or ear problems and recommend the best next steps for you.
1. Case History and Background
We will work together to gain a full understanding of any changes in your hearing. Establishing a complete case history will help determine if any treatable medical conditions are present, what’s causing any hearing or ear problems, and how this issues are impacting your daily quality of life.
2. Examination of the Ear
Your doctor will explain how your ears and brain work together to help you hear. Next, we’ll discuss how we test for hearing health, followed by an examination of the ear canal and eardrum to ensure there are no blockages or physical damage.
3. Hearing Evaluation
You will participate in several tests that will help your doctor determine what you’re hearing (or not hearing), and what is causing any hearing difficulties. The test results will determine how healthy your hearing currently is.
4. Next Steps
Your Doctor will discuss your test results in detail and review your current hearing health. If treatment options may help you hear your best, your Doctor may offer a demonstration with current hearing aid technology. If a referral to a specialist is needed first, the audiologist will provide that recommendation.