There are many steps that are part of a hearing aid evaluation. If you suspect that you might need a hearing aid, you will first need to have a hearing evaluation. At the time of the hearing evaluation, a case history will be taken to determine how much your hearing problem impacts your day-to-day life as well as the lives of your family. A complete history will be taken, and questions will be asked about when and how the hearing loss started. You may also have to provide some basic questions about your general health history.
The results from your hearing test will provide Dr. Olsen an outline of what sounds you may be missing or hearing. If your hearing test reveals a permanent hearing loss, a hearing aid may be recommended for one or both ears.
Dr. Olsen will explain what sounds you are not hearing and what hearing aids 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 actual demo hearing aids. Dr. Olsen will help you choose the best hearing aid style, features and level of sophistication based on your degree of hearing loss, lifestyle, and financial circumstances. The final decision on which hearing aids are purchased is your choice.