Assessing Your Hearing
Determining the difference between a “diagnostic hearing screening” and a “hearing evaluation” is often confusing. The difference is straightforward: one test is preliminary and the other is more in-depth.
Hearing Screening vs. Hearing Evaluation
- Typically, a hearing screening is an initial test done in order to determine whether or not further preventative care and treatment is necessary. A hearing screening usually takes 10 minutes and tests four frequencies of sound. If the individual hears all four frequencies, they pass the screening. If the individual does not hear all four frequencies, further testing by an audiologist is recommended.
- A hearing evaluation is an assessment performed by a qualified audiologist and is more in-depth than a simple screening. A hearing evaluation examines all three parts of the ear (outer, middle and inner ear) and usually takes about an hour. An audiologist can use a plethora of different tests to diagnose the level and type of the patient’s hearing loss. Together, these tests tell the audiologist what type of hearing loss the individual has and where the loss is located. After the evaluation is completed, the audiologist will suggest the most effective treatment for the individual.
- Everyone in our community, age 55 and over, should have their hearing screened annually as part of their personal wellness program. In an effort to encourage all of our community members to take an active role in their hearing health, we are committed to providing 1,000 FREE hearing screenings this year. Join the movement and get your free screening today!.
The process we go through to find a solution for your hearing needs is as important as the solution itself.
During your Initial Consultation
- Your hearing is evaluated.
- We discuss your hearing goals and expectations.
- We develop a personal treatment plan.
- Impressions of your ears are taken if necessary.
During your Fitting Session
- Your hearing devices are initially programmed according to the results your hearing evaluation.
- We check your hearing devices for fit and sound quality.
- We discuss hearing device care and use.
- You will learn how to adapt to new sounds.
- We discuss what to expect moving forward.
During your Follow- Up Sessions
- We evaluate your initial experiences.
- We may fine-tune your instruments’ sound.
- We discuss your hearing and address any goals not yet met.
On-going improvement is always available
- We provide service on your devices as needed.
- When new communication needs arise, we can discuss how to best address them.
- As technology advances, we evaluate if you can take advantage of new improvements.
- Don’t be a stranger — schedule regular future visits — especially if you are age 55 or older.
Bring a Companion
- Your spouse, family members, or friends are welcome to attend all of your visits and we recommend that a loved one attend at least your initial visit. It is helpful to have a familiar voice and someone who knows your struggles with hearing. You are likely to get more out of your visit if someone close to you can share in the experience, particularly if hearing instruments are recommended. Your loved ones play a key role in helping you achieve better hearing. Their voices are a familiar sound that you can focus on, which helps us fine-tune your technology, and they offer a unique perspective on your hearing loss. Because hearing loss happens gradually, your companion will likely notice specific listening situations that you struggle with (that you may not even have been aware of).