A hearing evaluation is the first step in determining your hearing capability. If you have a hearing loss, it will detail the extent, type, and specifics of your particular hearing loss. Dr. Steele will perform the hearing evaluation in our office.
The hearing evaluation consists of a variety of tests to determine the unique aspects of your hearing loss, as well as the level at which you can detect and understand speech. The results of this test will provide Dr. Steele with the details he needs to accurately recommend the proper treatment.
Why is a hearing evaluation important?
Hearing evaluations identify hearing loss and give Dr. Steele important information to help determine the best course of action for treatment. Whether you struggle with high or low frequencies, this test will provide the sounds you most struggle to hear.
If it is determined that you could benefit from hearing aids, the hearing evaluation helps Dr. Steele know which devices and features will be most appropriate for your needs.
What can you expect during a hearing evaluation?
The evaluation typically lasts up to one hour and a half. You should also allow for time for discussion with Dr. Steele to review test results and ask questions.
It is recommended that you bring a family member with you to the evaluation appointment. Most professionals agree that hearing loss is a family issue. It helps to have another supportive person at the appointment to help you understand the information and recommendations.
If the determination is made that you need hearing aids, allow for sufficient time to discuss your options. Dr. Steele will discuss the different styles with you, such as in-the-canal, in-the-ear or behind-the-ear options. He will also use this time to talk about the various features hearing aids offer, like Bluetooth, directional microphones and masking features for noisy environments.
The hearing evaluation is a good chance to establish a relationship with Dr. Steele. Above all, don't be afraid to ask questions. You will want to be clear on any information you receive so that you can be an active participant in finding hearing solutions that work best for you and your lifestyle.