Hearing Aid Evaluation
If your hearing test reveals a permanent hearing loss, a hearing aid may be recommended for one or both ears. Your audiologist will review your hearing test and what a hearing aid(s) can do to help. It is usually at this appointment that you will get to see and touch different styles of hearing aids. In some cases, you may even be able to listen to a hearing aid. Your audiologist will help you choose the best hearing aid style, features and level of technology based on your degree of hearing loss, lifestyle, and financial circumstances. The final decision on which hearing aid(s) is purchased is your choice.
Once you make a decision, the audiologist may take impressions of your ears if you selected custom hearing aids or behind-the-ear hearing aids that require earmolds. Hearing aids must usually be ordered from a manufacturer and then programmed by your audiologist to meet your specific hearing needs. This process can take time and a separate appointment may be scheduled for a hearing aid fitting. If the appropriate hearing aid including color of your choice is in stock then a same-day fitting may be possible but only if time allows for appropriate programming and explanation of use and care of the instrument(s).