“You need to get your hearing tested.” Whether spoken by a family member or your family doctor, these seven words aren’t always easy to accept. Your response might be “I’m not ready yet.” But what are you really saying? Do you fear the unknown? Or perhaps you have misconceptions about what’s involved with a “hearing test” appointment.
Good news: You have nothing to fear or be apprehensive about — especially if you know what to expect and how you can make your hearing healthcare experience even better.
What to expect from your appointment
Most hearing healthcare professionals use certain protocols and technologies to determine the extent of your hearing loss. Following are some standard elements of the adult hearing test appointment:
Hearing case history — You supply information, in writing and/or verbally, about your hearing difficulties, along with details about your medical history and lifestyle.
Ear inspection — The provider uses a device called an “otoscope” to look inside your ear for excessive earwax or any condition that might affect your hearing test results and possibly require referral to a physician.
Pure-tone testing — Through headphones, you listen for a series of tones, ranging from low to high frequencies. This testing reveals the faintest tone you can hear at each frequency; the results are charted on an audiogram.
Speech testing — This type of testing is used to confirm the pure-tone test results. You’re presented and asked to repeat a series of words at various volume levels. Together, pure-tone testing and speech testing help your provider recommend the optimal hearing solution for you and to precisely program hearing aids to your needs.
Post-testing consultation — The provider explains the test results and offers a specific recommendation to address your hearing loss. Keep in mind, you are under no obligation to purchase hearing aids.
Tips for enhancing your hearing healthcare experience
- Before you make an appointment, find out if you have a hearing aid benefit through your health plan, employer or other organization. You could potentially save thousands of dollars on your hearing aid purchase.
- Carefully choose your hearing healthcare provider. One way to ensure a high-quality experience is to seek out a provider who’s credentialed by a reputable third-party organization.
- If offered by your hearing healthcare program, take advantage of “patient care advocate” (PCA) services, from connecting you with a provider in your area to helping you get a second opinion from another provider, if desired.
In summary, there’s no reason to put off a hearing test. Amplifon Hearing Health Care can make the process surprisingly easy and pleasant. Call today to schedule a consultation with a credentialed provider near you.