What to Expect at Your Hearing Care Appointment

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The most difficult step to improving your hearing is the first one: recognizing you need to find out more about your hearing loss and improving your situation. The next step is to schedule a complete hearing consultation. It is very important to see someone who specializes in hearing issues. This is where we can help! We have the training and equipment needed to inspect your ear canal, accurately measure your hearing loss, assess your unique needs and prescribe solutions to best fit those needs. Simply contact us today to find a hearing professional near you and schedule an initial hearing consultation. To better understand what exactly happens at a hearing care appointment, we’ve listed out the four steps that most appointments consist of:

  1. Hearing Test

Your ears will be visually examined and you’ll be tested with the latest standard-of-care methods and technology to determine the type of hearing loss you have. Your results will be illustrated in an audiogram that the hearing professional will walk you through. An impression of your ear anatomy may also be made with putty to determine if certain styles (like invisible hearing aids) are appropriate.

  1. Lifestyle Discussion

You will be asked about the types of places and listening environments you frequent to determine the range of sound settings and technological features appropriate for your lifestyle.

  1. Hearing Aid Options

You will see the different hearing aids that are designed for your level of hearing loss as well as your preferences for size, color and invisibility.

  1. Budget Discussion

Your hearing professional will help you narrow down your choice of hearing instruments based on the investment you are comfortable making. You will also discuss insurance and/or financing options.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions while you are at your appointment. Here are some examples of questions to ask during your appointment:

  • How bad is my hearing loss?
  • Is it medically treatable?
  • Are there specific frequencies or types of sounds I have more trouble with than others?
  • What are my treatment options?
  • Would hearing aids help me?
  • Can you tell me what’s new in hearing aid technology?
  • What’s the difference between non-wireless and wireless hearing aids?
  • Can I prevent further hearing loss?
  • Is there anything I can do on my own to hear better?

If you’re ready to get started, contact us today to find a professional in your area!

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2 thoughts on “What to Expect at Your Hearing Care Appointment

  1. Steven Dye

    I have a hearing aid that was given to me by my father-in-law. Is it illegal for a company to recase it for me from a new impression taken by a licensed audiologist & when they see it’s not under my name, can they confiscate it?

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    1. Thank you for reaching out to us Steven. Each state has different regulations and each independent practice has their own policy on reprogramming and refurbishing used hearing aids for someone new. We would recommend you calling a few of your local hearing care providers and asking them what their policy is, and if you are able to bring your father-in-law with you to the appointment. Click on this link below to find the closest NuEar location.
      http://www.nuear.com/find-a-professional

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