Questions To Ask
If you’re at the stage where you are worried about a hearing loss, then you may have quite a few questions about what happens during a hearing evaluation. Sometimes the whole process can be a little overwhelming, but we always want you to know that you aren’t alone. For that reason we’ve compiled some questions, so that you feel much more comfortable about seeing a clinician.
Asking the right questions will help you understand your hearing loss better, and enable you to work with your clinician to make the right choice for your future.
Below are some suggestions for the most important questions you may want to ask your clinician after your test has been completed. Not all of these questions may be applicable to your hearing loss, but we hope that there may be one or two that you can use.
What kind of hearing loss do I have?
It is important to understand how your hearing has been affected, so that you understand the reasons why your clinician recommends a specific type of hearing aid. This will also help you understand how the hearing aid will work to help your hear better.
What are hearing aids like?
There are many different types of hearing aids available, including virtually invisible hearing aids that are custom designed for your ear.
What are the results of my hearing test? What’s my hearing threshold?
The results of your hearing test will be displayed on an audiogram, a graph that will compare your results to the “norm”. Your clinician will be able to explain your results and this will give you an idea of where your hearing sits on the hearing threshold.
Is there anything I can do on my own to improve my hearing?
You may or may not need a hearing aid depending on the results of your hearing test, but there are some things you can do to help yourself to hear better in certain situations. You should ask your clinician for tips, or if there are any assistive devices you can use in the home.
What are my treatment options?
There may be a choice of treatment options open to you, and your clinician will discuss these options with you. Understanding what options you have available will help you decide what you are most comfortable with moving forward.
Can I prevent further hearing loss?
There’s a distinct possibility that your hearing will deteriorate further with age, but there are lots of ways to protect your hearing, and slow down further loss. It’s possible that, depending on the type of hearing loss, your clinician may look at your lifestyle and suggest some changes that will be of benefit to your hearing.
Will hearing instruments actually improve my ability to hear?
This is an important question to ask your clinician. You will need to understand how hearing aids help you to hear and what changes to expect .
What are the differences between basic types of hearing instruments?
Not all hearing aids are the same. There are many different versions available on the market and your clinician will have an in-depth knowledge of each unit. Ask them to explain the differences in a way you can easily understand, and is not too technical.
What kind of hearing instruments would be best for me?
It can be confusing to be confronted with so many different hearing aid solutions and your clinician will have a good idea of which one to recommend based on your lifestyle and individual needs.
How are hearing instruments priced? Can you break down the cost?
The technology behind modern digital hearing aids has progressed so much over the years that it can be confusing to know why one unit is far more expensive than another similar looking one in a more basic range.
Understanding why these price differences are in place will help you choose the best one in your price range. This is something that your clinician will gladly speak to you about at the end of your hearing test.
What kind of post-fitting and hearing rehabilitation programmes do you provide?
Once you have been fitted with your hearing aid you are never just left to fend for yourself. Always ask when you will need to come back for a check-up or an adjustment and book your appointments before you leave.
Bear in mind that adjusting to your new hearing aid takes time, so you will need a good support system in place.
What happens if my hearing changes?
Knowing what to do in the future if your hearing should change or get much worse can be reassuring, so always ask what you should do in these circumstances. The clinician who conducts your hearing evaluation will be able to offer advice on such matters.