When you show up for your appointment, the first thing you'll do is to discuss the reason for being there, how your hearing loss is being experienced by you, your friends and family.
It's important for the hearing specialist to understand your daily life and needs, so they can find the best hearing aid for you. Not only is your hearing loss unique, but so are you and your way of life. Maybe you're a busy person who experiences different environments and sounds every day. Or maybe most of your day is calm and quiet. These are two very different lives that might benefit from different hearing aid solutions.
The hearing specialist will measure how well you hear sounds and speech, and try to find the softest sound level you can detect for a range of frequencies.
The hearing test is usually performed in a soundproof booth. One ear at a time is tested at different volumes and frequencies.
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A speech test is not necessarily something you'll have to do. It entails using earphones and repeating words and sentences for as long as you can hear them.
You will then be given an audiogram, which is a complete mapping of your sense of hearing. A hearing threshold of between 0 and 25 dB is considered normal.
The audiogram helps determine the severity of your hearing loss.
Based on the tests, the hearing care professional will suggest the best hearing solution for your unique hearing loss, your budget and your daily life.
The next steps
Once your hearing aid has been decided on, you'll get your first hearing aid fitting. Now you'll have a few weeks to try out the hearing aid in real life and return for fine-tuning.
Generally, people are happy with their hearing aids after two or three fine-tunings. If you're still experiencing issues with them after that, your hearing specialist will help you find a better hearing solution for you.