Questions To Ask When Having A Hearing Aid Evaluation

Hearing evaluations can identify problems and lead to an improved quality of life by helping the individuals solve those problems before they become serious issues.

  1. How do I keep my ears healthy?

Do not stick anything in your ears, especially a cotton swab. This can damage your ear canal or ear drum.  Use a damp washcloth to clean your ears or see your ENT provider to clean them for you.  Always use hearing protection to block loud sounds such as lawn mowers, fireworks or loud music. 

  1. Can my hearing get worse?

The audiologist who will test your hearing will determine whether you have any hearing loss and what level that loss is at.  In conjunction with your ENT provider they will determine if it can be reversed or if you need hearing aids. 

  1. How do hearing aids work?

Your audiologist will be able to explain to you how a hearing aid works.  All hearing aids have a microphone, amplifier and a speaker.  They help you by amplifying sounds you need to hear.

  1. Which hearing aid is best for me?

Your audiologist will help you in picking out the hearing aid best suited to your needs.  You will try different types to be sure you are getting what is best for you. 

  1. How often should you have a hearing test?

In a perfect world annually, but speak with your audiologist to see what your insurance will cover.