If you think you have hearing loss, you probably do. Hearing loss can happen so gradually you don’t realize it. The first step to better hearing is a complete hearing evaluation.
What can a hearing test tell me?
A simple hearing screening can let you know if hearing loss is present. If you fail a screening, then a complete diagnostic hearing evaluation is the next step. This test will identify the sounds you can hear and the frequencies and volumes you are missing. This information is crucial to determine the style of hearing aid that will suit you best.
What happens during the hearing test?
First, you should know that a hearing evaluation is completely painless. It begins with a review of your medical history, a discussion about how you feel about the state of your hearing and then a physical inspection of your ears. Impedance audiometry, pure tone audiometry and speech audiometry identify how your ears are functioning and what sounds you are hearing. The hearing specialist will record the results and then discuss them with you.
What if I need hearing aids?
If you will benefit from hearing aids, the hearing specialist will recommend a style with the power and features that match your needs, lifestyle and budget. If necessary, impressions will be taken for earmolds. Like the tests, this procedure is painless.
Then what happens?
Your exact needs and specifications will be sent to the manufacturer. Your hearing aids will arrive in a few weeks, completely programmed for your individual needs.
The hearing aid fitting process
We’ll contact you to schedule your hearing aid fitting. Because we utilize live speech mapping, we suggest you bring a friend or family member with you to this appointment.
Live speech mapping
AA Hearing Aid Center uses live speech mapping to fine-tune your hearing aid programs and settings to make sure you can hear effortlessly. Once you insert your hearing aids, a small microphone will be inserted in your ear canal to verify the sound quality and amplification. That’s where your friend or family member’s voice comes in handy. Because their voice is familiar, it’s a great way to gauge how you are actually hearing. Live speech mapping reduces the number of return visits necessary to get your hearing aids adjusted perfectly for you.