This blog mini-series is designed to help those with hearing loss on their journey to becoming successful hearing aid users. In the following segments, the different steps in this process will be explored. From obtaining the initial hearing test to transitioning to the first set of hearing aids, this mini-series will cover pertinent information that can be used to make educated and thoughtful hearing healthcare decisions.
If your last hearing test was in the nurse’s office at your elementary school, fear not! You are not alone. Many people overlook the need for an annual hearing test because they assume their hearing is stable. Yet, hearing loss typically occurs over time and the gradual changes accompanied with it often go unnoticed.
Think about this. You go for an annual checkup with your doctor to ensure you are in great physical health. You may even go for an annual eye exam to make sure you can see. But, do you undergo an annual hearing test to make sure you can hear?
Hearing loss has been highly correlated with serious health conditions including but not limited to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and premature changes in cognition. Further, hearing loss may result in increased social isolation as the listener may have more trouble participating in conversations. For these reasons, it is even more important to check-in with your hearing.
Obtaining an updated audiogram, or hearing test, is the first step in this process. An audiologist will evaluate the type, degree, and configuration of your hearing loss. Other auditory concerns such as tinnitus and/or hyperacusis may also be addressed at this appointment.
There is significance in understanding the type and degree of your hearing loss. If you are considering hearing aids, it should be expected that hearing aids are only as good as your residual hearing. It is important that you inquire about your hearing loss characteristics so that you may set realistic expectations regarding your hearing aid experience.
If you or someone you know is struggling with hearing difficulties, take the first step and make an appointment today!