Realising you have some level of hearing loss can be stressful, and making an appointment for a hearing test even more so because you might not like the results. However, once you know you need professional help, putting it off only adds to your stress and anxiety, and it’s important to seek help as soon as possible. Here’s how to prepare for a hearing test.
When you arrive for your hearing test, we’ll ask you to fill out a form that tells us how you’re coping with your hearing loss.
Everyone’s life is different, and by answering the questions, we can determine the level of impact your hearing loss has had on your everyday life. For example, someone who stays home a lot might not need as much help as someone who is very active and loves to socialise.
Medical History and Hearing Test
The next step is to check your ear canal to make sure it’s clear and healthy-looking and not full of ear wax. If a problem is found, it will be necessary to see your doctor for further treatment before we can continue, however, most people don’t have any problems.
Next, we discuss your medical history so we know whether you’ve had hearing problems before and maybe even determine what caused your hearing loss. They may be small, unimportant details to you, but when we put them all together, we can get a bigger picture of your particular circumstances.
Now comes the hearing test where you sit in a sound booth with headphones on. Sometimes the test only takes 5 – 10 minutes, but if there are other concerns, it could take around 15 – 20 minutes.
Once the test is complete, we’ll go through the results with you and tell you the level of your hearing loss and at what frequencies. Often, it’s only the higher frequencies that are affected, which is why you can still hear, but not as clearly as you once did.
Choosing the Best Device for your Needs
Once we know what type of hearing loss you’re suffering from, we can begin to choose the right device to help you hear more clearly. You can choose from hearing aids that fit behind your ear or almost invisible hearing aids that fit into your ear canal. We’ll show you pictures of the different styles and discuss the pros and cons, and costs of each one
When you’ve chosen the level of technology you want in your device, we’ll place the order with the manufacturer, and in some cases, we might need to take a mould of your ear for a better fit.
Fitting Your Hearing Device
Once your new device has arrived at our clinic, we’ll call you back in to fit it. Your new device is customised and set up for your particular type of hearing loss, and we check that everything is working properly before you arrive.
The Follow Up
A week or two after you’ve had your device fitted, you’ll come back for a follow up appointment where we’ll do some fine tuning to make sure you’re completely happy. We also check that you’re putting your hearing aids in correctly and cleaning and maintaining them properly, as well as answer any questions or concerns you have.
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At Health and Hearing we have more than 30 years of experience working with veterans, seniors, university students and working Australians. We understand that seeking help for your hearing problems can be embarrassing and stressful but we’re here to help you with this sensitive issue.