We know that coming in for your first appointment can be a little intimidating if you don’t know what to expect, but our goal is to make your visit as comfortable, informative, and relaxed as possible. The professionals at Fine Hearing Care put your needs and priorities first, and before long you’ll feel like a part of the family!
Your journey back to healthy hearing begins with a complete hearing evaluation. During this appointment, we evaluate your hearing with a thorough and straightforward process. Through a combination of state-of-the-art hearing tests and a detailed interview, we’re experts at identifying the best solutions for your unique needs. Understanding your concerns and expectations for improved hearing is our highest priority.
Before Your First Appointment
Your first appointment with us is an important opportunity for us to get to know your needs, concerns, and hopes. Prior to seeing one of our specialists, you’ll be asked to complete a new patient intake form. On it, we’ll ask you to recall any injuries, trauma, or exposure to loud noises in your history. We’ll also ask for an overview of your medical history, including any medications you may be currently taking.
You’re more than welcome to bring in a loved one to your hearing evaluation with you. Hearing loss affects more than just the patient, and we’re happy to answer any questions that you or your family may have. Having support from a friend, partner, or family member can also be helpful as you choose the best treatment option for your needs.
During the Hearing Evaluation
Your complete hearing evaluation will take between 30-60 minutes. We begin it by examining your ears to check for any physical obstructions or abnormalities. This is a brief and painless look into your ear canal to make sure everything is clear and healthy. Checking your ears is an important step since something as simple as cerumen (earwax) build-up could block sounds from entering the ear, causing temporary hearing loss.
Hearing Consultation: Reviewing Your Needs
An important step in your hearing evaluation includes getting to know you and your concerns. Together, we’ll review your information and discuss the challenges you’re experiencing. Understanding your history, current symptoms, and unique hearing needs for your lifestyle helps us determine the cause of, and solution for, any hearing issues we may uncover.
Next comes a complete hearing test—designed to evaluate the thresholds (the volume and frequency limits) of sound that you’re able to hear. You’ll be asked to wear a pair of specialized headphones and indicate when you can clearly hear the various sounds emitted. These tests reveal the extent, type, and details of your unique hearing loss- if any is present. Since there are different types and degrees of hearing loss, each needs to be treated in a specific way.
The hearing evaluation may include any of the following tests:
- Air conduction testing
- Bone conduction testing
- Speech testing
- Distortion product otoacoustic emissions (DPOAE) testing
- Tympanometry or acoustic immittance testing
Reviewing Your Results
Once we’ve completed your hearing test, we’ll review our findings together. Your hearing test results come in the form of an audiogram, which is a chart that converts your hearing loss into measurable frequencies and volumes (called decibels). Audiograms enable us to see the type, pattern, and degree of your hearing loss. In addition, you will also see a percentage of how much normal conversational speech you can currently hear.
If our hearing evaluation detects a hearing loss, rest assured that there are many treatment options available these days. And none of them are clunky or outdated. We have a full line of state-of-the art hearing aid models available for every situation and every budget. We’ll walk you through all of them and answer any questions you have. Our goal is to give you information about all of your options, and we respect your priorities when it comes to which hearing aid might meet your needs best.
Hearing Aid Recommendations
If Hearing aids have been recommended for you, our expert staff will go over your options and select the right hearing aid for your lifestyle and budget. In some cases, we may offer an in-office demo to help you make the right decision for your needs. Depending on the hearing aids selected, we may have them in the office for a same-day fitting. In this event, our expect staff will fit your new hearing aids to your exact specifications to ensure the best possible results. If we do not have the hearing aids in the office, we will order them for you and schedule another appointment for your fitting.
After Your Visit
At Fine Hearing Care we have an open-door policy with all of our patients and encourage you to contact us with any questions or concerns at any point. We’ll also schedule follow-up fitting appointments to make sure you are hearing at your absolute best. For help, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here and happy to help!