5 Questions to Get the Most from your Hearing Test
Getting a hearing test is a big deal. Some people find it so difficult to face up to hearing loss they never get as fair as scheduling a hearing exam. But you aren’t like that, right? You’ve acknowledged the issue and are halfway to fixing it. To get the most from the appointment, here are five questions that drill down to the heart of your hearing.
1: How bad is my hearing loss and is doing nothing an option?
Your hearing test produces a full picture of any hearing deficits in an audiogram. From these test results, the audiologist knows the severity of the problem, identifying the type and degree of hearing loss you have.
Ask the audiologist to explain what the audiogram means in real terms (for example how on-going hearing loss impacts on day-to-day life) and what to expect if you do nothing. This is an important part of getting the best course of action straight in your mind. It’s also important to understand how you can get help. For example, a hearing device is a financial investment in your hearing health. When you fully acknowledge the benefits, it’s easier to see the value a device represents.
2: Which device best meets my needs?
Ask for the audiologist’s recommendations.
There is a confusing array of hearing aid models from which to choose. The audiologist will ask you about your hobbies and lifestyle, plus use the hearing test results to recommend the best product for you.
You don’t have to accept the audiologist’s advice, but comparing a device to the best recommendation is a useful way to assess its benefits and drawbacks, to reach an informed decision.
3: How do I finance the device?
Be open and honest when discussing finances. The upfront cost may seem startling, but broken down in a monthly payment plan, the outlay is often less than a daily carry-out coffee. In addition, the audiologist may be able to help you investigate options such as Veteran’s benefits, Medicare and Medicaid, state programs, charitable organizations or offer a private financing arrangement.
4: How do I adapt to using a hearing device?
It takes time to get used to hearing noises that have been silent for so long. Many people find the intrusion of background noise difficult to deal with, and this deters them from wearing their device. Your audiologist will be happy to advise you on how best to acclimate to your newfound ability to hear, to become a confident and comfortable hearing aid user.
5: How do I care for my hearing aid?
With a little daily care there is no reason why your new device won’t work perfectly for several years. Of course the ideal time to get into good habits is from the word go, so asking your audiologist about hearing aid care gets you set for years of problem free hearing.