A diagnostic hearing evaluation is the first step of many steps in determining the type, degree, configuration and symmetry of your hearing loss. If you suspect that you may have some hearing loss and need a hearing aid, make an appointment today to get your hearing checked. We will begin the hearing evaluation by asking questions to get a better understanding of the history behind any hearing problems you may have. These questions will cover topics such as when you feel your hearing loss started, how it may have happened, if you have experienced any dizziness and if you hear any ringing in your ears (sign of tinnitus).
Once this background information has been gathered, you will take a hearing test. The results from this test will provide Dr. DeVore with an idea of what type of hearing loss you may have. It will also give her an idea of which sounds you may be missing in your day to day life. Speech testing in quiet and noisy situations will also be completed to determine your ability to process speech sounds.
It is important to note that sometimes your hearing loss may be the result of other medical conditions that must be treated before hearing aids become an option. If this is the case, we may refer you to a medical doctor that specializes in ear disorders. While this isn’t very common, it is the first step for some.
Once all these results have been taken into account, your audiologist will then explain your test results in detail. This will give you full understanding of what type of hearing loss you have, what may have caused it and what sounds you may be missing throughout your day. Once this has been explained, your audiologist will then provide you with all the options available to help you fix your hearing loss.
Dr. DeVore will make recommendations on what she feels will be best for your hearing. This includes topics such as whether you should use one or two hearing aids, what features you may enjoy, and what styles might suit you best. However, all final decisions on hearing aids will be left up to you. That way you are given all the information you need to make the best choice possible to match your lifestyle and needs.