5 Questions to Ask the Audiologist About Your Hearing
If you are diagnosed with hearing loss, you will have many questions. Make sure to remember to ask these important questions so you fully understand your hearing loss.
What type of hearing loss do i have?
There are different types of hearing loss. You will want to ask the audiologist what type of hearing loss you have. Some hearing loss is temporary, but most is permanent. For example, sensorineural hearing loss is caused by damage to the hair cells on the cochlea. If this is the type of hearing loss you have, you should know that it is permanent. Conductive hearing loss can be caused by a number of problems in the inner ear. Many times, it can be corrected and hearing restored. Be sure to ask if one or two ears are affected.
Will my hearing change?
Just because you have lost some of your ability to hear doesn’t mean you will continue to lose your hearing. Ask the audiologist about the outlook for your hearing. If your hearing loss is noise-induced, wearing protection will prevent further hearing loss. If your hearing loss is due the normal aging of hair cells, then your hearing ability may decline. Be sure to talk to the audiologist about what to expect.
How can hearing aids help?
If the audiologist prescribes hearing aids, be sure to ask what to expect. Hearing aids do not correct hearing loss, they help you get the most out of the hearing ability you still have. It’s important to have realistic expectations for your hearing aids. You may find that the assist you get from hearing aids allows you to follow conversation in noisy rooms, hear better when talking on the phone and listen to the television and radio at a level that doesn’t make others uncomfortable.
What about tinnitus?
Many people with tinnitus find that they get relief from wearing hearing aids. Tinnitus is commonly a symptom of undiagnosed hearing loss. If you suffer from tinnitus, ask the audiologist if wearing hearing aids will not only help you hear better, but help with the tinnitus as well.
What hearing aids will work best?
Hearing is highly personal. Be sure to discuss your lifestyle with the audiologist when selecting hearing aids. There are a variety of styles from which to choose. Different styles provide different levels of amplification and have different features. For example, Bluetooth technology may be right for you if you frequently talk on a cell phone but a telecoil may be more appropriate if most of your conversations are on a land line.