What happens during an appointment for a consultation and hearing test?
Hearing impairment affects more than just your ability to hear — it affects your quality of life. Superior Hearing Solutions stresses the importance of an accurate and timely hearing test. The hearing evaluation is just the beginning of your treatment, and it’s essential to setting your unique care plan in motion and taking action on hearing loss.
If this is your first time at Superior Hearing Solutions, when you arrive you will be asked to complete a form with some basic information such as your address, telephone number, date of birth, name of your family doctor, and how you heard about us.
You will have lots of questions for us too – and we are happy to answer these for you. Be sure to ask!
We encourage you to bring a family member or close friend with you to the appointment.
Having another’s perspective can be extremely helpful for you, for them, and for us, to better understand your hearing.
What Happens During a Hearing Evaluation?
The consultation is a four step process:
Step One: The Interview
The interview process helps our practice determine the extent of your hearing impairment and aids us in uncovering any specific areas requiring further attention. Some typical questions you’ll want to prepare for are:
- Has anyone else in your family had hearing problems?
- Have you had any illnesses or injuries that might have affected your hearing?
- Have you taken any medications that might have contributed to hearing impairment?
- Have you been exposed to loud noises in your workplace or while participating in leisure activities?
Step Two: The Examination
Our hearing care providers take a close look inside your ear and figure out whether the hearing difficulty you are experiencing could be caused by an obstruction or damage to the ear canal or eardrum. We use a special instrument called an otoscope or video otoscope to inspect your outer ear.
Step Three: Hearing Tests
Next we’ll need to figure out the nature of your hearing loss. There’s a chance we will include hearing tests such as the following:
- A hearing screening to measure your hearing at four frequencies at 25 decibels each.
- A speech assessment to measure how well you hear and understand ordinary conversation at different volumes.
- A middle-ear evaluation to measure how your eardrum and hearing react to varying degrees of air pressure.
If you are suffering from a hearing impairment, your results will be documented on an audiogram. An audiogram is created after you take a pure-tone hearing test, to map out the type, degree, and configuration of your hearing loss. The audiogram shows your hearing loss by frequency, as pitch and loudness of sounds change. Frequencies are measured in hertz (Hz), and the loudness or intensity is measured in decibels (dB). We will help determine whether you have trouble hearing low or high pitches and what that means for you moving forward.
Step Four: Treatment Options
We will work with you to match your lifestyle needs with the most advanced technology, specifically designed to treat your unique hearing loss. The basic components of this instrument include a microphone, an amplifier, a receiver, and a tiny processor. The exceptional effectiveness of your devices is the result of a powerful combination of professional expertise, software, and hardware.
Surgery & Implants
We now have the ability to surgically insert devices into the ear to improve hearing, facilitate lipreading, and make it easier to distinguish certain sounds. Typically, these are most helpful if you are deaf or profoundly hearing impaired and hearing aids are not a useful treatment for you. Surgical implants include:
- Cochlear implants
- Middle-ear implants
- Bone-anchored hearing aids
- Auditory brainstem implants
Your unique hearing loss requires a tailored approach to selecting your hearing aid.
Our hearing specialist will test your hearing and suggest the styles best suited to give you the best results for your anatomy and lifestyle.
The shape and size of the outer ear and ear canal may determine which type of hearing aid you can wear. Our hearing instrument specialists will work with you to find the style that best fits your unique anatomy.
Ease in handling
Some hearing aid styles are easier to handle, insert and clean due to their size and shape. It is important to consider this when selecting your hearing aids.
Why Choose Superior Hearing Solutions?
Here are some of the benefits we offer our patients:
- Individualized, client-focused approach
- Complete hearing evaluations
- Hearing aid recommendations
- A broad selection of brand-name, digital hearing aids and assistive listening devices
- Extensive trial period
- Counselling and assistance
- Affordable pricing and flexible payment options
- Our exclusive Superior Care Package – everything you need for three years, even batteries, and peace of mind warranties