Hearing tests tell you if your hearing is in good condition and fit you with a hearing aid if it’s not. But to choose the best one, you need to get your hearing tested first.
An audiogram records the softest sounds you can hear at different pitches, volumes, and frequencies. It also records other aspects of your hearing abilities, like how well you can hear speech in noise or recognize speech in quiet.
In addition to the audiogram, a hearing evaluation will:
- Identify Your Problem
- Find the Best Solutions
- Find the Right Style and Fit
- Make Sure You Use It Correctly
Here are the four steps to a successful hearing aid evaluation:
1. Initial Examination and Diagnostic Testing
The audiologist will begin with a general examination of your ears, nose, throat, and head to check your overall health and assess if any conditions could affect your hearing or hearing aid performance.
They’ll then perform a comprehensive hearing evaluation which will include:
- A basic audiogram to provide an overview of your hearing loss and help you determine if hearing aids are a good option for you
- A speech reception threshold measurement (SRT) test, also known as a word recognition test, to see how well you can understand speech in quiet and in noise
- A distortion product otoacoustic emission (DPOAE) test to assess how well your ear’s outer hair cells are working and whether hearing damage has occurred in your ears
2. Hearing Aid Consultation
Next, you’ll meet with an audiologist or hearing aid specialist to discuss your options and determine whether hearing aids are right for you. If they are, the audiologist will discuss your specific needs and recommend the best style and level of hearing aid that will provide you with the best possible experience.
You’ll discuss what features and accessories would best accommodate your lifestyle and help you take advantage of the latest technology for listening enjoyment.
If you decide on hearing aids, you’ll be invited back for a hearing aid fitting. You’ll be offered the option to see, hear and try on several different styles of hearing aids to find out which best fits your needs, lifestyle, and budget.
3. Hearing Aid Fitting
During the hearing aid fitting appointment, a trained professional will program your hearing aids to create the best possible sound and performance for you. The audiologist will also give you an overview of the program, use your hearing aids, and teach you how to take care of them.
If you’re purchasing over-the-counter hearing aids, you’re advised to have a hearing test done by a licensed hearing professional before buying a pair. This way, you’ll be confident that you’re making a good investment in the right audio equipment for your hearing loss.
4. Follow Up
With regular follow-ups (usually at least once a year), your audiologist will monitor your hearing aid performance and make adjustments to help you experience the best possible sound quality. If you have hearing loss in both ears, it’s also recommended that you have your hearing tested annually by an audiologist.
Hearing aids are essential tools to improve your hearing ability, comfort, and quality of life. There are many things to consider when choosing a new pair, including your hearing loss and severity, your budget, the style, the size and the features you want, and what makes you comfortable.
Hear More Associates are your most trusted hearing care specialists caring for patients throughout Lexington and Greater Boston, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. We’re the experts, but we’re on your side to help you make the most informed and intelligent decision, explaining everything and helping you make the right decision. If you’re looking for a hearing specialist in Massachusetts, we’ve got you covered. Get in touch with us today and let us know how we can help!