You’ve decided to book a hearing consultation. Congratulations on taking this first step towards better health and great hearing! Along with the hearing test, a non-invasive visual exam of your ears, and a few questions about your medical and hearing history, we’ll give you the opportunity to ask any and all questions you might have so that you’ll have the information you need to make the right decision for your ears. Here are some of the most important questions to ask during your hearing consultation.
What Type of Hearing Loss Do I Have?
It’s important to fully understand what type of hearing loss you have. After the hearing test, we’ll show you the audiogram that graphs exactly which sounds you can and can’t hear, and will shed light on what kind of hearing loss you have. There are 2 main types of hearing loss, and these are sensorineural hearing loss and conductive hearing loss. Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common and is caused by damage to the inner ear either from exposure to loud noise, or as a normal part of aging. Conductive hearing loss is caused by damage to the outer or middle ear, and is usually caused by illness, injury, infection, or even a buildup of earwax in the ear canal.
Knowing what kind of hearing loss you have will help you choose the right treatment option to get you back to hearing clearly.
Do I Need Two Hearing Aids?
While you may think you have one good ear and one bad ear, you probably have hearing loss in both ears. Even if the hearing loss in your good ear isn’t as severe as in your bad ear, we usually recommend wearing devices in both ears so that you’ll enjoy clear hearing and great spatial awareness. The two sides of your brain process information differently, and so do your ears. In fact, your left ear is better at hearing music and interpreting emotions, while the right ear is better at understanding speech and logical thought. Treating hearing loss in both ears will ensure you’re able to interact fully with the world around you, and use both the logical and emotional sides of your brain.
How Long Will My Hearing Aids Last?
Hearing aids can have very different lifespans depending on hearing needs, power outputs, and lifestyle. If you have a powerful hearing aid, but don’t often find yourself in very complex listening environments, your hearing aid will last longer. If you’ve purchased a high-end hearing aid full of advanced programs and features, and use them heavily every day, your hearing aids may not last as long. One of the biggest factors in the life of hearing aids is consistent daily cleaning. If you take 5 minutes every evening to clean and dry your devices, they will serve you well for many years to come.
What Warranty do These Hearing Aids Have?
Most hearing aids have a manufacturer warranty, and this will vary between devices. Knowing what kind of warranty you have will help you decide if you need to purchase additional insurance to make sure your hearing aids are safe against loss, damage, or theft.
What Hearing Aid Matches My Lifestyle?
Before your hearing consultation, take some time to think about your lifestyle and hearing needs. We’ll ask you a few questions about your hobbies and your daily routines to help determine what hearing aid style will work best for you. If you spend a lot of time at home, and want to connect your devices to the phone or TV, we’ll recommend a different hearing aid than for someone who spends a lot of time outdoors and is very active, or someone who’s at the office all day and needs to hear in complex listening environments.
Audiology Concierge Network
At Audiology Concierge Network, our providers offer a wide selection of hearing aids to fit every hearing need and lifestyle and will work with you to find the device that fits perfectly into your life. The providers in our network offer comprehensive hearing tests that will give you a clear picture of your hearing health and hearing needs. We welcome all questions, and our network of hearing health specialists will give you all the answers you need to make an informed decision about hearing aids.