Going to have your hearing checked can be a difficult thing to due. Not because the testing is invasive or because its painful but because it can feel like we are having to admit defeat. But it doesn’t need to feel that way. Your hearing just like your vision needs some help over time and here at Schmidt’s Optical and Hearing™ we’re here to assist with both.
Once you’ve made the decision to have a hearing screening there’s still some remaining questions about what to expect from a quality comprehensive screening. In this article we will give some in site on what you can expect when you come into Schmidt’s Optical and Hearing™ for one of our FREE comprehensive hearing screenings from our Board Certified Licensed Hearing Aid Specialist.
Our hearing specialist will start the examination by talking with you, and your loved ones if you choose to bring them, about your hearing issues. Our hearing specialist will need to know your medical history, when you first noticed a hearing loss, any previous exposure to loud sounds, and to what extent you experience hearing loss in your daily life. This information is used to better understand how the loss developed and which treatment is best for your specific needs.
Next our hearing specialist will examine your ears using a lighted probe called a video otoscope to look for any physical ear problems. This painless and non-invasive procedure is not only seen by the specialist but can be shown on our large display so that you can see it as well.
Our comprehensive screenings also include an audiometric testing, this test is a physical measurement of your possible hearing loss. You will be asked to sit in our specially-designed audio booth and listen to a series of tones that are sent via headphones. Using a handheld device you will indicate which sounds you can and can’t hear. These results will be plotted into an audiogram. Our hearing specialist will use this data to measure your possible hearing loss and if applicable find the appropriate hearing device for your type and level of hearing loss.
If you do have a hearing loss our hearing specialist will discus with you what features you would like from your hearing devices (See our previous article on connectivity for descriptions of some of the features available by clicking here) as well as which types of hearing aids are available for you. Getting a hearing aid is a big decision, so feel free to take advantage of our knowledgeable staff to help answer all of your questions and help aid you in making an educated decision.