What to Expect
On average, it takes someone seven years once they realize they are experiencing hearing problems to seek help from a hearing care professional. Many people are hesitant because of any number of different fears or anxieties. Often, our patients are simply unaware of the extent to which hearing loss has affected their lives because the deterioration generally occurs gradually over decades. To help ease the process forward and shed some light on what lies ahead we have detailed what to expect during the evaluation below:
This examination will reveal obstructions such as wax or other problems that may be affecting your hearing. The Specialist will then perform a series of hearing and speech recognition tests to determine the possible causes and degree of hearing loss that may exist. If a condition requiring medical treatment is detected, you will be referred to an ENT (Ear, Nose, Throat) Specialist for further testing. If there is no medical condition causing the hearing loss, the Specialist will make the best recommendation to you for moving forward.
When you first try hearing instruments, you will notice sounds that you have not been hearing for some time. These sounds might include things like the refrigerator running, the air conditioner humming, or traffic noise. When your hearing was normal, your brain was conditioned to “tune out” these sounds. Since your brain hasn’t had to tune out these noises during your time with untreated hearing loss, it’s a bit out of practice. As you consistently wear your hearing instruments, your brain will adjust to these noises/sounds and automatically begin to tune them out so that you can enjoy hearing all the sounds you have been missing.
“Happy Days Are “Hear” Again! Hearing loss runs rampant in my family. I put off even getting a test for years; when I knew I needed to. When a personal experience prompted me, I finally went to get a test, just seeing it was available from my family doctor’s clinic. I have been happy in every way since my purchase. On a scale from 1-10, I’d say it’s an 11 or 12. Don’t put it off. You can call me if you’d like further information from me.” Thank you!Barb B.