Now you have booked your hearing test and the day is approaching, what sort of things do you need to know about your hearing loss? Your Hearing Specialist may be someone you only see occasionally for a simple hearing check or update, or they could become someone who forms a large part of your primary ongoing health care, so it’s important to form a good rapport with your Audiologist/Audiometrist, ensuring you feel safe and in professional hands. Local Hearing Aid Specialists are fully accredited with the ‘Office of Hearing Services’, they are an independent family-owned business who love matching the perfect hearing aid to each of their clients. Here are some questions you might like to ask your Audiologist/Audiometrist during your appointment.
1. WHAT DID MY HEARING TEST SHOW?
There are three main types of hearing loss, conductive, sensorineural and mixed hearing loss. Your Audiologist/Audiometrist will decide what type of hearing loss you are suffering from through a series of audiology tests and examinations. Conductive hearing loss happens when the sound is not travelling from the outer-ear to the eardrum properly. Allergies, infection, ear wax impaction or a blockage could be the cause here. Sensorineural hearing loss means there is either damage to the inner ear or damage to the nerves that pass sound from the inner ear to the brain. Mixed hearing loss means you have a combination of both. Treatment for the different types of hearing loss varies depending on the patient, your hearing consultant will assess which hearing solution will best suit you.
2. WILL I NEED HEARING AIDS FOR BOTH OF MY EARS?
When you improve the hearing of both ears, it will enable you to pin-point where sound is coming from and you will find it easier to differentiate the sound you want to tune into from frustrating background noise. Even though you may feel that only one ear is causing you problems, only an audiology test can show you what is really going on with your hearing. For people with sensorineural hearing loss or mixed hearing loss, wearing two hearing aids produces a greater improvement in overall hearing ability. Remember that at Local Hearing Aid Specialists, you will always receive genuinely independent and ethical advice on achieving your best hearing solution.
3. DO I RECEIVE A WARRANTY WITH MY NEW HEARING AIDS?
At Local Hearing Aid Specialists, we pride ourselves on our expert before and after sales care. With over twenty years of experience in hearing tests, we know what type of hearing aid will provide the best hearing solution for you. We focus on the most cost-effective treatment plan, with a warranty in place. Most new hearing aids come with a three year warranty with an option to purchase an extended warranty, It’s a great idea to make a list of questions you may have before your hearing loss test. Trish and Toni, our senior hearing consultants are happy to answer any of your concerns, they will work alongside you to achieve your best hearing solution.