Evaluation for Hearing Aids

There are many steps that are part of the hearing aid evaluation provided at Grand Rapids ENT Hearing Center. 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, if there is ringing in your ears (tinnitus) and if you experience dizziness. You may also have to provide some basic questions about your general health history.

The results from your hearing test will provide the audiologist with an outline of which sounds you may be missing or hearing, but the personal answers about your daily life and perception about your hearing provide the basis for a more comprehensive hearing evaluation. You may be referred to one of our Grand Rapids ENT otolaryngologists (physicians who specialize in ear, nose, and throat issues) if you are a candidate for hearing aids or if there are other medical conditions your audiologist thinks should be addressed before hearing aids are recommended. 

If your hearing test reveals a permanent hearing loss, hearing aids may be recommended. The audiologist may explain what sounds you are not hearing and what a 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 the hearing aids. Our audiologists at Grands Rapids ENT Hearing Center 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.

Once you make a decision, the audiologist may fabricate impressions of your ears if you selected custom hearing aids or behind-the-ear hearing aids that require earmolds. Hearing aids must usually be ordered from a manufacturer and then programmed by your hearing professional to meet your specific hearing needs. This process may take a few weeks, so do not be disappointed if you do not receive your hearing aids the same day as your evaluation.