What to Expect at Your Appointment
At Highline Hearing Professionals, we conduct our initial hearing assessments with a straightforward four-step process. In our experience, this process yields the most accurate and personally relevant results through a combination of state-of-the-art hearing tests and a thorough interview, to ensure that we fully understand your lifestyle and your needs. Understanding your concerns and what’s most important to you in a better-hearing solution is one of our most important priorities.
The Effects of Hearing Loss and Sound Voids™ can be minimized if:
- Your problem is correctly diagnosed.
- You receive the right type of treatment.
- You and your hearing care team are committed to solving the problem.
Step One: The Interview
Purpose: To help your audiologist determine the extent of your problem and uncover any specific areas requiring further attention.
Some Typical Questions:
- Has anyone else in your family had hearing difficulty?
- Have you had any illnesses or injuries that might have affected your hearing?
- Have you taken any medications that might have affected your hearing?
- Have you been exposed to loud noises in your job or leisure activities?
Step Two: The Examination
Purpose: To help your audiologist determine whether the Sound Voids you are experiencing could be caused by an obstruction or damage to the ear canal or ear drum. Your audiologist will use a special instrument called an otoscope or video otoscope to inspect the outer ear.
Step Three: The Testing
Purpose: To help the hearing care professionals determine the nature of your Sound Voids. Tests, like the following, may be used depending on their assessment of your needs:
- Audiometric pure tone evaluation to measure your hearing at different frequencies.
- Speech evaluation to measure how well you hear and understand ordinary conversation at different volumes
- Immittance middle ear evaluation to measure how your ear drum and hearing react to varying degrees of air pressure.
- If you are suffering from a hearing loss, your results will be documented on an audiogram.
If your test results indicate a medically treatable condition, we will discuss referral options with you.
Step Four: Treatment Options
Hearing Aids come in a variety of designs, with a wide range of functions and features to address an individual’s specific needs. The most basic components include a microphone, an amplifier, a receiver, and (in the case of digital hearing systems) a small computer. The unprecedented effectiveness of modern digital systems comes from a powerful combination of professional expertise, software, and hardware.
Assistive Listening Devices
Specialized technologies that help people with all degrees of hearing loss Assistive Listening Devices can facilitate improved face-to-face communication, reception of electronic media, telephone reception, and reception of important warning sounds and situations.
A small fraction of permanent hearing losses can be treated surgically. If your audiologist finds that you are a possible candidate she will let you know and make an appropriate referral.
Devices surgically inserted into the ear to improve hearing, facilitate lip-reading, and make it easier to distinguish certain sounds. Typically, these are most helpful to deaf or profoundly hearing-impaired people unable to use hearing systems.
A few examples of surgical implants:
- Cochlear Implants
- Middle Ear Implants
- Bone-Anchored Hearing Systems