The consultation portion of your session will begin with a meeting. Then, the audiologist and patient have a sit-down consultation during which the patient discusses their current health status, concerns, medicines, and family history. Take your medical documents and a list of questions you've prepared before your visit. It's also a good idea to contact your health insurance company to learn more about your coverage and any associated costs. If you feel more comfortable, a family member or a friend may accompany you to the consultation. The duration of the talk is around one hour.
In the follow-up after the first appointment, the audiologist will examine your ears. First, with an otoscope, he may review your ear canal and detect any signs of infection, inflammation, or impacted earwax. Next, an evaluation of your external ear, ear canal, and eardrum is performed. It is, therefore, necessary to undergo a battery of hearing tests, often a minimum of two or three.
There are two primary types of listening exams. First, you put on some headphones and go inside a soundproof booth. The audiologist will play a series of tones at varying levels and frequencies to test your hearing. Both high-pitched and low-pitched ones are played. Then, you say which of your ears is hearing the noise. For the second evaluation, they utilize actual words. Finally, you take in what other people are saying and paraphrase them. The audiologist can learn more about your hearing loss and its severity using these tests.
Your audiologist will graph the results of your hearing test in an audiogram. If the audiologist determines that you might benefit from hearing aids, they will demonstrate various options tailored to your specific hearing loss and financial situation. Some of the hearing aids may be fitted on the same day, while others may need a custom-molded earpiece. If that's the case, you'll need to have an audiologist take a mold of your ears to make them aptly customized.
If your hearing aids came with bespoke earpieces, you'd need to come back in about a week to have them reprogrammed and adjusted. At your follow-up session, you and your audiologist will review how the hearing aids are doing and make any necessary adjustments. After getting hearing aids, most patients see their audiologist once a year. So, as well as bringing your broken gadgets in for repairs, you'll pick up fresh batteries from the office.