First Steps in Considering Hearing Aids
First, you should have a good understanding of your hearing loss. What kind of hearing loss do you have? Is it permanent? What does your audiogram say about what sounds you can and cannot hear? Once you understand your audiogram, you can begin to understand why you are having trouble hearing in different situations.
What can I expect the audiologist to do in selecting a hearing aid for me?
First, the audiologist will conduct an evaluation and explain to you the nature of your hearing loss. Then the audiologist will talk with you about your ability to use hearing aids.
Your audiologist will want to find out about your typical communication activities at home, at work, and in social and leisure activities. You are a very important partner in this discussion. Your answers will help to decide the type and style of hearing aid that is best for you. Your answers will also help in deciding what hearing aid features you need.
Once you and your audiologist have discussed your listening needs, he or she can recommend the hearing aid(s) that will best accommodate your needs. The audiologist will consider your hearing loss, communication needs, and budget in selecting your hearing aids.
Many audiologists offer group classes on adjusting to your new hearing aid. This gives you a chance to meet with new hearing aid users and learn how to best use your hearing aid. Sometimes experienced hearing aid users participate in classes and share useful hints about managing hearing aids.