What to expect at your appointment
The Effects of Hearing Loss and sound gaps can be minimized if:
- Your problem is correctly diagnosed;
- You receive the right type of treatment; and
- You and your hearing care team are committed to solving the problem
Step One: The Interview
Purpose: To help your HEARINC professional determine the extent of your problem and uncover any specific areas that may require further attention.
Some typical questions:
- Has anyone else in your family had hearing difficulty?
- Have you had any illnesses or injuries that might have affected your hearing?
- Have you taken any medications that might have affected your hearing?
- Have you been exposed to loud noises in your job or leisure activities?
Step Two: The Examination
Purpose: To help your HEARINC professional determine whether the sound gaps you are experiencing could be caused by an obstruction or damage to the ear canal or ear drum. Your HEARINC professional will use a special instrument called an otoscope or video otoscope to inspect the outer ear.
Step Three: The Testing
Purpose: To help the hearing care professional determine the nature of your sound gaps. Your hearing care professional may include tests like the following depending on his or her assessment of your needs.
- Audiometric pure tone evaluation to measure your hearing at different frequencies
- Speech evaluation to measure how well you hear and understand ordinary conversation at different volumes
- Middle ear evaluation to measure how your ear drum and hearing react to varying degrees of air pressure
If you are suffering from a hearing loss, your results will be documented on an audiogram.
Step Four: Treatment Options
Hearing Aids Hearing systems come in a variety of designs and with a wide range of functions and features to address an individual’s specific needs. The unprecedented effectiveness of modern digital systems comes from a powerful combination of professional expertise, software, and hardware.
Surgery & Implanted Devices surgically incorporated into the ear to improve hearing, facilitate lip-reading, and make it easier to distinguish certain sounds. These are typically most helpful to deaf or profoundly hearing impaired people who cannot use conventional hearing systems.
A few examples of surgical implants:
- Cochlear Implants
- Middle Ear Implants
- Bone-Anchored Hearing Systems
- Auditory Brainstem Implants
- Assistive listening devices
These are technologies specialized to help people with greater degrees of hearing loss. These devices can facilitate improved face-to-face communication, reception of electronic media, telephone reception, and reception of important warning sounds and situations.