5 Questions to Ask During a Hearing Test
Is today the big day for your hearing test? Or is your first hearing test coming up soon? If a hearing test is in your appointment book, it’s ok — even normal — to feel a bit nervous. Visiting new hearing care professionals can be unnerving. When visiting an audiologist for the first time, it’s important to write down questions ahead of the appointment. Having set questions will enable you to make the most of your appointment.
If you’re not sure what to ask during your first hearing test, consider the following five questions.
1. What type of hearing loss do I have?
The purpose of hearing testing is to determine the type and degree of hearing loss an individual has. An audiologist can do this by reading the results of the hearing tests, called an audiogram. The audiogram will record how the intricate parts of the ear transmit and receive sound. The audiologist will read the audiogram and explain the results to you, enabling you to learn why you have hearing loss and how it manifests itself in your daily life.
2. What is the best treatment for my hearing loss; will I need hearing aids?
The type and degree of hearing loss an individual has will determine the treatment. Usually, hearing aids are the best treatment option for hearing loss. There are many types of hearing aids; some are more technologically advanced than others, making them better fit for people with more profound or severe hearing loss. Individuals with milder hearing loss will have more options of hearing aids to choose from.
3. How much will hearing aids cost?
It is important to understand how much your hearing aids are going to cost. The average cost for a pair of hearing aids runs about $4,000. Typically, insurance does not cover the cost of hearing aids. As such, it is important to talk with your audiologist about finance options.
4. What’s the best way to adapt to hearing aids?
Most people, especially first time hearing aid wearers, will require time to get used to their new hearing aids. Make sure to talk to your audiologist about how to adapt to the new devices. He or she will likely go over this in more detail during a subsequent appointment called a hearing aid fitting.
5. How do I take care of my hearing aids?
New devices require new learning, even hearing aids. It is important to understand how to properly care for hearing aids, since they are delicate devices. The audiologist will likely provide a brief overview during a hearing test appointment but will go over care and cleaning procedures in greater detail during the hearing aid fitting appointment.