You’ve visited a hearing care professional for a hearing test, but haven’t yet completed your “journey” to better hearing. Like a lot of people, you may be experiencing confusion over the multitude of hearing aid models, styles and hearing aid technology available today. How can you possibly determine which hearing loss solution is right for you?Your provider will guide you to the most appropriate solution for your hearing loss. They possess the technical training, advanced tools and counseling skills to recommend the hearing loss solution that makes the most sense for you.
In addition, below are a few things you can consider when selecting the right hearing solution for you.
It’s important to let your provider know your specific communication needs. This provides them with a wealth of crucial information, including specific situations or environments where you have trouble communicating and where you’d like to experience improvement.
Do you have trouble hearing conversations in noisy environments, such as restaurants? Do you enjoy golfing, fishing, sporting events or other outdoor activities? Does your employment involve meetings or working near noisy machinery? Are you a frequent user of a smartphone, tablet and/or computer? Is your biggest challenge hearing the voices of your grandchildren?
The answers to these and other questions, along with the results of your hearing test, will give your provider a solid understanding of your audiological and lifestyle needs. With this complete picture, they can tailor a hearing loss solution to you, so you get precisely which hearing aid features you need — nothing more and nothing less.
After you decide on a solution and purchase your new hearing aids, it’s important to keep your follow-up appointments. At your aftercare appointments, your provider will evaluate how the new hearing aids are matching up with your desired areas of improvement, and will make any needed adjustments. This is the time to ensure that your hearing aids are working to the best of their ability to help you with your hearing loss.
Finding the right solution to your hearing loss can be overwhelming, but being prepared and knowing how to best communicate with healthcare professionals, will help you get the most out your appointment. Ready to take the next step? Schedule an appointment today!