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4 Steps to a Successful Hearing Aid Evaluation

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There may be a time when you know that you need a hearing aid. If you’ve been experiencing hearing loss, then a hearing aid will help to recover some of your lost hearing. While this can be an exciting time, since you’re successfully addressing an issue, it’s also understandable that you might be a little nervous about your evaluation. There are things you can do that’ll make the process run smoothly, however. Take a look at the tips we’ve outlined below, and you’ll find that not only will your hearing aid evaluation be without problems, but that it can even be an enjoyable experience. But in any case, don’t forget that you’ll be seen by an experienced hearing instrument specialist, who will be able to help you every step of the way.

Clean your ears

There are multiple reasons why you may want to clean your ears before your hearing aid evaluation. The first reason is that it might help you to feel more comfortable; some people can become a little nervous when visiting a clinical environment, and this won’t be helped if you think your ears are overly dirty. It’s important to note that you shouldn’t use cotton swabs in your ears, or if you do, then do so very gently; they can cause damage if they’re placed too far into the ear canal. A good way to clean your ears is to simply use a cloth and warm water. Another reason why you should clean your ears is that a build-up of wax can negatively influence the performance of hearing aids. 

If you’re sick

If you’re going to have a hearing aid evaluation, then it’s important that you’re in good health, for various reasons. The number one reason is that your health should always take priority, so if you’re feeling under the weather, it’ll be best to stay home and look after yourself. You’ll be able to reschedule your appointment for when you’re feeling better. The other reason is that if you’ve got the flu, then it may be difficult to get a true sense of how effectively the hearing aids are working for you. Illnesses can affect our hearing in subtle ways, after all. It’s really important that your hearing is as close to normal as possible. If you’re fitted with a hearing aid based on how well you can hear when you’re sick, then you might find that things are a little off when you’ve fully recovered. 

An open mind

During a hearing aid evaluation, you’ll be presented with multiple options regarding different hearing aid technology types. As such, it’s best to come with an open mind, rather than with a pre-existing idea about which hearing aid would be right for you. You will be presented with a range of different styles and options. Your audiologist will talk you through the pros and cons of each different type, so that you can make an informed decision. They may also have their own idea about which hearing aid would be best for you. It’s best to go into the evaluation with confidence that the expert that you’ll be talking with will know what the right option for you will be. 

Relax yourself

Finally, remember that there’s nothing to be afraid of! While going to any medical facility can be a little daunting, it’s important to note that you’ll be in great hands when you’re there. If you’re feeling a little anxious beforehand, then keep in mind that a hearing aid evaluation doesn’t involve anything scary; it’s a relatively simple process that’s all about finding which will be the best hearing aid for you. You may also be nervous about wearing a hearing aid in general. But you’ll soon see that there are many different options available, so you’ll be able to find one that you feel comfortable wearing. 

If you’re looking for a hearing aid or just want to know more about the process of having one fitted, then get in touch with Sound Choice Hearing by calling today at 505-341-1300. We have been serving customers since 2001 and have extensive knowledge and experience in hearing aid products. We aim to ensure that all our customers are fully satisfied with their Sound Choice Hearing experience, from the moment they walk through the door to when they leave with their hearing aid and beyond. It’s not just about helping customers to hear better: it’s about reducing the level of stress and anxiety that they experience relating to their hearing loss.