FAQs for Your Audiologist

woman sitting during her hearing aid fitting

Do you have an audiologist appointment coming up, or thinking about making an appointment? It can be nerve-racking and even a bit overwhelming, especially if you don’t know what to expect or questions you need to ask. Take a breath. You are not alone. Here are some frequently asked questions that will put your mind at ease and put you in a better position for your appointment. 

Why Do I Need to Get My Hearing Checked?

If you think that there is a chance that your hearing may be bad, then it would probably benefit you to go and see an audiologist. If nothing else, they can advise on the best ways to protect your ears from loud noises such as concerts or factory work. They will also check for any signs of tinnitus known to cause stress and anxiety in some people. 

What Can I Expect from My Audiologist Appointment? 

The diagnosis process doesn’t take too long, and it does not hurt. The tests involve a series of beeps, clicks and words being spoken at different volumes to see if your hearing can pick up the sounds made in front of you. You will also need an otoscopic examination.

This means looking into both ears with a tool like what doctors use when they look inside your ear canal during visits for routine checkups. Most audiologist offices have procedures where patients can go ahead and get their devices fitted once the results come back from the lab testing. The test results can take around two weeks. Or make an appointment for further treatment and testing depending on what was found by listening to your test results.

What Type of Hearing Loss Do I Have?

There are many different types of hearing losses that people may be experiencing which is why you need to make an appointment with your audiologist so they can give accurate advice and plan the best course of treatment. In addition, the latest technology in amplification solutions means there are many options available for those looking into getting their ears tested or treated by professionals who will offer guidance throughout the process. This includes traditional behind-the-ear devices, in-the-ear models, wireless connectivity between devices, tinnitus maskers and even Bluetooth-compatible products. 

When Should I Get My Hearing Checked?

The earlier the issue is detected, then the more effective treatment will be for you. This means if something sounds muffled or there’s a noticeable volume change compared to what you used to hear. It would be best for you to have this checked out as soon as possible so they know how bad it may potentially become over time and plan accordingly. The average age range when people begin losing their hearing is around 60-65 years old. Still, many cases are not diagnosed until much later due mainly because most people do not realize that they’re experiencing gradual changes in their ability to pick up sounds.

What Are Some Common Misconceptions People Have About Hearing Loss?

One of the biggest mistakes is assuming that everyone who gets fitted automatically hears better. This isn’t always true, as there may still be a chance that those devices don’t work so well. This means continuing treatment options through ABR or other technologies until something ideal comes along. Another big mistake is not getting treated as soon as possible. Over time, this could cause more damage if amplification solutions aren’t found quickly enough for your lifestyle needs. If anything seems muffled, then please bring it up at any point because going several years with a hearing loss isn’t ideal by any means and could potentially get worse if no action is taken.