What happens at the appointment?
At the start of the appointment the audiologist will introduce themselves and give you an overview of the appointment. An explanation of why you are here and what the appointment will involve will be outlined. The hearing aid assessment appointment can take up to an hour to complete. If you choose to, a family member, carer or friend can accompany you to the appointment.
For more information please read the 'Adult Audiology Hearing Aid Assessment'
In order to understand the difficulties and concerns you are having regarding your hearing, a detailed history will be taken. The audiologist will have a discussion with yourself and ask you a number of questions that will focus on how you cope in specific social situations. All questions asked will be relevant and are used to help provide a holistic service.
A simple and personal outcome measure in the form of a questionnaire will be filled out. This will focus on particular situations that you may be having hearing problems in. It will be completed at the follow up appointment once you have worn the hearing aid and is one of the tools used to assess the benefit you have gained with the hearing aid.
A hearing test will be used to establish your hearing thresholds. Before the hearing test, the audiologist will fully explain what is expected from you during the procedure. Both ears will be assessed individually and the test usually takes around 15 minutes.
Your hearing will be assessed over a range of frequencies (250-8000 Hertz) that are important to hearing everyday environmental and speech sounds. The results will be plotted on a chart called an 'Audiogram'. Once the hearing test is completed the audiologist will discuss the results and categorised the hearing loss as mild, moderate, severe or profound.
Once the hearing test has been completed, various options will be discussed regarding ways to improve your communication/hearing needs. A 'Care Plan' will be put together detailing the specific needs that you have and a plan of action to address them.
Some options that may be suggested are:
- Hearing aid/s
- Hearing tactics
- Assistant listening devices
- Referral for further assessment/medical advice