Your first visit with a hearing expert
What can you expect from a consultation with an audiologist, hearing aid dispenser or ENT specialist?
You have probably wondered already what will happen during an expert consultation. In order to prepare you for your first visit and address any worries you might have, we would like to provide you with some important information to help you in this process.
You should schedule about an hour for your first visit. If you like, you may ask a relative or friend to accompany you. Many people feel more secure that way. A friendly face by your side is particularly helpful if there are communication issues.
The audiologist, hearing aid dispenser or ENT specialist will examine your ears. This is to check for problems like excessive wax or ear infections.
After the examination, the audiologist, hearing aid dispenser or ENT specialist will do a hearing test. You will be given headphones and the expert will play a sequence of tones, some of these tones will be loud and easy to hear and some will be soft and a little harder to hear. The only thing you have to do is to let the expert know or press a button when you hear a tone.
After the examination and hearing tests the expert will be able to tell you more about your hearing and your hearing loss.
In order to find out more about your hearing habits, the expert will ask you a number of questions. You will be asked about situations in which you have noticed the hearing loss. In addition, you will determine together, whether you would like to use a hearing aid in the future and in which situations a hearing aid could help you.
Discussion of solutions
At the end of the consultation, the expert will explain all options available to you in order to recover your hearing. You will be shown a selection of hearing aids that are appropriate and the differences and advantages of the products will be explained to you.
Now is a good time to ask all the questions you might have and to give the expert as much information as possible. The more he or she knows about you, the better the help you will receive.
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