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Evaluation for Hearing Aids

Communication Needs Assessment

There are several steps that are part of a Communication Needs Assessment (or commonly referred to as Hearing Aid Evaluation). If you suspect that you might need a hearing aid, you will first need to have a Audiologic Evaluation (or hearing test). At the time of the evaluation, a case history will be taken to determine how much your hearing problem impacts your day-to-day life as well as the lives of your family. You may also have to provide some basic questions about your general health history.

Audiologic evaluation (or hearing test) results

The results from your audiological evaluation will provide the audiologist with information on what sounds you may be missing or hearing. The results of this testing will also allow the audiologist to make the best treatment recommendations for your audiological rehabilitation, which may include hearing aids, auditory training, communication strategies, etc.

Hearing aid recommendation

If your hearing test reveals a permanent hearing loss, hearing aids may be recommended. Your audiologist may explain what sounds you have difficulty hearing, and what hearing aids can do to help. It is usually at this appointment that you will get to see and touch different styles of hearing aids. In some cases, you may even be able to listen to a hearing aid. Your audiologist will help you choose the best hearing aid style, features and level of sophistication based on your degree of hearing loss, lifestyle, and financial circumstances. Some hobbies and occupations may benefit from different hearing aid styles or features, so your hearing care provider may have you fill out a questionnaire to assist during the evaluation process. The final decision on which hearing aids are purchased is your choice, but your audiologist will make recommendations on the best options for your particular needs.

Once you make a decision, the audiologist may take impressions of your ears if you selected custom hearing aids or behind-the-ear hearing aids that require earmolds. Hearing aids must usually be ordered from a manufacturer and then personalized or programmed by your audiologist to meet your specific hearing needs. There is an adjustment period when wearing hearing aids, so it’s possible your provider may make additional changes to your settings to ensure you’re getting the best listening experience possible.