THE HEARING EVALUATIONThe evaluation will have a couple of parts. We’ll ask about your health history and your family history because this information plays a part in your diagnosis. There will be a physical exam of your ears. Then we will conduct a series of tests to determine your level of hearing and speech comprehension. Each ear is tested separately and you get results for both ears. We will explain the results in language you can understand.
WHAT TYPE OF HEARING LOSS DO I HAVE?
Understanding which type of loss you have will help you understand any recommendations for treatment. It will also help you understand how treatment will protect your remaining hearing.
There are three types of hearing loss.
Sensorineural is the type of hearing loss occurs when there is damage to the inner ear or the nerve path to the brain from the inner ear. This kind of hearing loss is permanent but can be treated very effectively with hearing devices.
Conductive hearing loss happens when sound travels poorly through the outer ear canal to the eardrum. This could be due to blockage from ear wax, an ear infection, allergies or even a benign tumor. Many times, hearing is restored when the blockage is removed. Mixed hearing loss is a combination of the two.
IS THE LOSS IN BOTH EARS?
There are dozens and dozens of hearing aid models. Some go inside the canal; others go inside the inner ear and some sit behind or over the ear. Some need batteries and some are rechargeable. Part of your initial consultation will include questions about your lifestyle so we can use that information to help you pick a model that is right for you. It is important to address both ears if there is a hearing loss in both.