What to Ask During A Hearing Consultation

Have you decided to arrange a hearing test for your hearing health? That’s great news! We can assist you if you’ve admitted that your hearing isn’t as sharp as it once was and are ready to take the next step toward better hearing. Take some time to think about the questions you’ll ask during your hearing consultation before you come in.

What to expect during a hearing test

It’s a good idea to educate yourself on what to expect during a hearing test so you’ll be prepared for your hearing appointment. Your capacity to hear gentle and loud sounds, as well as high and low sounds, will be tested by our hearing health specialist. An audiogram printed on paper can show you which sounds you can and cannot hear. However, hearing testing is only one aspect of the hearing examination.

Along with testing your hearing range, we’ll examine your ears for any signs of disease, injury, infection, or earwax buildup that could be impairing your hearing. We’ll also inquire about your medical history and hearing history to see if any additional risk factors may be hurting your hearing. Finally, we’ll talk about your lifestyle and hearing needs, and we’ll figure out where you need the most help. Knowing what you want to hear, whether it’s in the calm of your home, on the road, or at a baseball game, can help us identify the perfect device for you.

Prepare questions ahead of time

Take a minute to think about any questions you want to ask during the consultation and feel free to write them down. We want to ensure you’re entirely satisfied, so please feel free to contact us with any questions or issues.

Here are some questions you might have considered asking:

  • Is it true that I have hearing loss in both ears?

While it’s conceivable that you have hearing loss in both ears, it’s also possible that the level of hearing loss in each ear isn’t the same. It’s usual for one ear to have somewhat weaker hearing than the other, influencing the therapy strategy we recommend. If you wear glasses, your prescription will likely differ slightly between the two eyes, and your hearing is the same way. Knowing which ear is your “better” ear and how it influences your hearing ability is beneficial.

  • Is it really necessary to wear hearing aids in both ears?

You will most likely require two hearing aids, one for each ear. 

You may believe that one of your ears doesn’t need a hearing aid, but the truth is that both of your ears are most likely affected by hearing loss. 

When you wear two devices, you will not only be able to hear from both ears, but you will also have improved binaural hearing, which will make it easier for your brain to comprehend all of the noises around you. You’ll have higher spatial awareness and be able to localize sounds more efficiently, allowing you to pinpoint precisely where a sound originates. This will aid in maintaining your balance, keeping you safe while walking or driving, and lowering your risk of an accident.

  • What are the best hearing aids for me?

Hearing aids are available in several forms, features, and complex programs and settings to help with various hearing deficits. There are hundreds of possibilities, and contacting us for recommendations will help you limit your selections to the top three or four devices that will help you hear when you need it most.

  • What might I expect in terms of ongoing maintenance?

You’ll want to make sure your hearing aids last as long as possible once you get them. Regularly bringing them in for a cleaning and battery check may be beneficial, and we will advise you on what kind of care will keep your new aids in peak form!

Contact us today for a hearing consultation and more answers to all of your hearing-related issues.