Hearing Exam - What To Expect?
A hearing exam is a simple, painless way to find out if you're experiencing hearing loss. In most cases, the results are instantaneous – you'll discover the type of hearing loss you have and the treatments available to you. Patients are surprised to learn how easy it really is.
What Happens During An Exam?
Prior to starting your exam, we will ask you question about your general health, lifestyle, and the reasons why you are seeking an evaluation, such as:
- Do you work?
- What activities do you like to do?
- Do you often go to noisy places such as restaurants?
- Do you regularly use a cell phone?
- Is there anything you can't do because of suspected hearing loss?
Importance Of A 3rd Party
Identifying Hearing Loss And Bringing Loved Ones To Your Hearing Exam.
Tips For Better Communication
By following the suggestions below, you can enhance the way you communicate with someone who has hearing loss and new hearing aids.
- Face the listener and let them know you want to communicate before beginning to speak.
- When speaking to someone with hearing loss, make sure they can clearly see your mouth, especially in noisy environments. Most people have a natural ability to lip read.
- Maintain eye contact.
- Stay close. Position yourself within 4-6 feet of your listener. If the listener can hear better on one side, try to communicate from that side.
Adjusting To A Hearing Aid
Our sense of hearing is actually a function of our brain's ability to process information; it may take time for your loved one to rediscover sounds.
It's likely they haven't heard certain sounds for some time, so although it is exciting it can also be overwhelming and disturbing. This process will require practice and patience from both of you.
Adjusting To Your New Hearing Aid
Speeding Up Your Adjustment Period
- Talk with someone whose voice you know well. This will help you understand certain words and phrases faster. Remember that communicating is a combination of listening and visual clues. Pay attention to facial expressions and gestures as well as the words.
- As you gain confidence, begin wearing your hearing aids in a wider variety of environments like work or at social occasions. Practice selecting specific sounds and voices; focus your attention on them.
- In public places, sit as close to the speaker as possible. In cafes or restaurants, try to sit with your back to the main source of noise. Also avoid sitting near an open window or on a sidewalk if possible.
- With your new hearing aids on, sit between 6 and 12 feet away from the TV and set the volume to what others consider to be a normal level. Then adjust your distance to the TV so that you can hear comfortably. Follow this same process when listening to a radio or other device.
It's not unusual for the adjustment process to take several weeks as your brain learns to balance and reprioritize sounds. While hearing aids should never hurt, you ears can feel slightly tender as they adjust to the device sitting on or in the ear. If you have any concerns about what you're feeling or the length of time it is taking to adjust, contact your hearing healthcare professional for a follow up visit.