5 Questions to Ask at Your First Hearing Checkup
The time has come: You’ve had enough people telling you to visit an audiologist because they think you have hearing loss. You listened and now you’re getting ready for your first visit.
The first visit with an audiologist can be nerve-wracking. Taking some time to prepare yourself by making a list of questions can help you feel better walking into the appointment. Consider the following list, which has five questions that will provide you the answers you need to have a full understanding of hearing loss and potential solutions.
1. What type of hearing loss do I have?
A person can have one of three types of hearing loss: sensorineural, conductive or mixed. Sensorineural hearing loss is caused by damage to the inner ear or to the nerve pathways traveling from the inner ear to the brain. Conductive hearing loss occurs when sound can’t travel effectively from the outer ear to the eardrum. Mixed hearing loss is defined by having both sensorineural and conductive hearing loss.
2. Do I have hearing loss in both ears?
Hearing loss doesn’t necessarily occur in both ears and, if it does, the severity or degree of hearing loss may differ between hears. Understanding how each ear is affected by hearing loss can help you in everyday situations.
3. Do I need a hearing aid for both ears?
As mentioned above, hearing loss does not necessarily affect each ear equally. Your audiologist may or may not suggest hearing aids or other hearing loss solutions for each ear, depending on the degree and severity of your hearing loss.
4. How do I know what hearing aid is best for me?
With so many types of hearing aids available on the market, it can be difficult to know what type is best for you. It is important to talk with your audiologist about your lifestyle and habits, as these will be determining factors in the type of hearing aid you need.
5. How much do hearing aids cost? What does the investment get me?
Just as hearing aids vary in type and technology, they also vary in price (mainly because they vary in type and technology). Understanding how much hearing aids cost and what type of warranty or assistance the money you pour into them comes with is important to understand, as money can also be a big deciding factor for what hearing aid to purchase.
Don’t be afraid to talk to your audiologist about any questions or concerns you might have. Your audiologist is a partner in your hearing care; so discuss any issues you may be having with them.