You’re probably reading this because you suspect you have hearing loss or your family or work colleagues been on at you to get your hearing tested. Maybe you’ve even got as far as booking a hearing test. Congratulations but now you’ll want to know what sort of questions you need to ask your hearing professional.
Ignoring hearing loss can have a major negative impact on your well-being and health. You can read here about the 6 reasons why you’ll regret not getting your hearing tested. And choosing the right hearing professional for you is also a very important part of coming to terms with hearing loss.
You can think of your hearing professional as an invaluable partner on your journey to better hearing. And knowing the right questions to ask your hearing professional will ensure you get the best results. So, just what are the types of questions you need to ask?
1. Do I have hearing loss—if so, what type?
Obviously, you need to know whether you have hearing loss or not. But you also need to know what type of hearing loss you have. Some types of hearing loss such as conductive hearing loss are highly treatable and may result in no permanent hearing loss at all.
Sensorial hearing loss, for the most part, is permanent and neither surgical not drug intervention can restore this type of hearing. Nonetheless, there are still treatments available that will make an enormous difference to your daily life.
Some types of hearing loss such as SSHL (sudden sensorial hearing loss) require immediate attention as they may indicate serious underlying health conditions. You may regain all or most of your hearing if you get the appropriate treatment early enough.
There are other types of hearing loss too but you can expect your hearing professional to explain the differences.
2. What does my hearing test mean?
Ask your hearing professional to explain what your hearing test means. Ask your hearing professional about which frequencies are giving you problems. For example, if you have hearing loss in the higher frequencies that will probably explain why you mishear certain speech sounds such as consonants.
Your hearing test will also explore whether your hearing loss is a conductivity issue or more connected with the auditory nerve. It may also indicate any underlying medical issue that you need to follow up with a doctor. Your hearing test will also indicate the type of treatment options available to you.
Having a deeper understanding of how your hearing loss affects you will enable you to make better decisions about the ideal solutions for your needs.
3. Can I have a copy of my hearing test results?
Make sure you ask for a copy of your hearing test. This is useful for helping you understand just why you have difficulties hearing certain sounds. It can also be useful if you do decide to get a second opinion. Your hearing test will also be vital if you choose to make a claim on your health insurance. There may be a fee associated with receiving a copy of your hearing test.
4. How much will hearing aids help my hearing?
Maybe you think hearing aids are like the frustrating devices your grandparents wore (or didn’t wear) or you’re not sure just how modern hearing aids work and how they can transform your life. Whatever your past experience you’ll naturally want to know how much improvement you can expect from your hearing aids.
The reality is that hearing aids won’t restore your hearing to perfectly normal but they will allow you to hear cherished sounds that you had forgotten. Your hearing professional will explain whether hearing aids are right for you and which type.
5. What are the different types of hearing aids?
Modern hearing aids come in so many different models now and the technological advances mean that there are hearing aids to suit all lifestyles and needs.
You might want hearing aids that are invisible to your colleagues or connectivity with your smart devices could be a necessity. Fully automated listening programmes that allow you to fine-tune your listening experience moment by moment might be the number one priority for you. Or perhaps you care about the environment and want to enjoy the super fast recharge time and extended life of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.
Your hearing professional can help you choose the right hearing aid for your needs and will optimise your hearing aids for your specific hearing loss as well as make sure that your hearing aids fit you correctly.
6. How long will my hearing aids last?
Another important question to ask is how long your hearing aids will last. For the most part you can expect your hearing aids to last 5 to 7 years. Obviously, if you buy cheap hearing aids they will probably not last very long.
When you buy reputable hearing aids, you know you are getting the best quality product backed up by a serious warranty. This is especially important if you are concerned about the cost of hearing aids.
7. How can I protect the hearing I still have?
Your hearing is precious and so it makes real sense to ask what you can do to protect the hearing you have left. Noise in the workplace or during sporting events such as shooting and motor racing or even leisure activities such as nightclubbing can seriously damage your hearing.
Talk to your friendly House of Hearing experts about ways you can protect your hearing. Our custom fitted earplugs for musicians, shooters and other noisy occupations are a fantastic low-cost way to look after your hearing.
8. What else can I do to make living with hearing loss easier?
Dealing with hearing loss can be frustrating and it will take time to adapt to hearing aids. But there are a number of ways you can make communication easier both for you and for those around you.
You can try asking people around you to follow these 9 steps. Most people will appreciate your honesty and will try to make your challenges a little less difficult.
The friendly experts at House of Hearing are happy to answer all your questions about hearing loss and make sure you get the best treatment.