So you think your hearing health may need attention. Now what? These three easy steps will get you started right.
1. Educate Yourself
By reading this, you're already on your way. Our site can help you better understand how hearing works and how the types and degrees of hearing loss relate to you. Besides researching online, ask around. You probably know people who can share their experiences with hearing loss. You should also talk to your doctor and get a hearing examination.
2. Locate a Qualified Professional
Hearing care professionals specialize in hearing disorders. Once they test your hearing and analyze your situation, they devise a treatment option that would best suit you and your lifestyle.
Although a family doctor or Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist can give you a hearing examination, an audiologist or hearing aid provider will be the one to test for and recommend a hearing instrument. We work with a group of hearing care professionals who are licensed, highly skilled, and trained to give you personalized attention and service.
3. Prepare for Your Visit
To make your visit with a professional go smoothly, be prepared with some information about your lifestyle and hearing situation:
- Bring a relative or a good friend with you. They can offer another perspective on your hearing and give you a good sounding board for discussing your results after the appointment.
- List common situations where hearing is difficult for you. This reveals details about your hearing loss and your lifestyle and is very helpful in determining a solution.
- Think about your top concerns. Are you frustrated in certain situations? Nervous to try hearing instruments? Self-conscious about your hearing? Concerned about costs? Sharing your concerns can help a professional identify the best solution for you.
- Keep an open mind. You might be surprised at what you learn — and the many possibilities available. This is a step to better hearing — and to a better life. Be prepared to embrace the changes ahead of you so you can enjoy the sounds of everyday life.