What to Expect at Your Appointment
Exactly what takes place during your appointment often depends on the practice you visit, as well as your unique requirements. At WNC Hearing and Audiology, the process will generally consist of these steps:
You may be asked to complete some forms. You will be asked about your hearing and general health history so we may understand any medical issues that could be affecting your hearing. A communication assessment may be used to determine when and where you are experiencing difficulty hearing.
95% of people with hearing loss can benefit from using hearing aids
Your outer ear, ear canal and eardrum will be examined. This will not be invasive or uncomfortable.
Your hearing will be tested in a soundproof booth. You will be asked to indicate when you can hear various levels of sounds or tones in each ear, as well as repeat words to determine your ability to understand speech. Other tests may be given depending on your specific needs or conditions to determine the proper diagnosis.
Dr. Angelina will review the test results with you and identify if you have a hearing loss. If you do, Dr. Angelina will discuss treatment options with you, and help you discover which of these options are best for you. Based on your results, options may range from providing communication strategies, prescribing hearing aids, recommending other assistive devices, or referring you to another medical specialist if warranted.
It's a fact:
when hearing improves, quality of life improves
If Hearing Aids Can Help
If you have a hearing loss that is treatable with hearing aids, Dr. Angelina will review your options with you. Together you will evaluate:
What styles best suit your lifestyle and ear shape
What features and performance levels you require based on your listening difficulties
What hearing aids fit your budget
The benefits of wearing two hearing aids, and more
Today's Hearing Aids are Different
Aesthetically, hearing aids are now amazingly small and more discreet than ever before.
Digital technology has allowed hearing aids to make huge advances, including sophisticated automatic adjustment as your listening environment changes, and seamless integration with other technologies such as telephones and smart phones. There are also new rechargable options which means replacing batteries less often, and in some cases, not at all.