Serving Patients in Oregon and Washington
What To Do If You Are Experiencing Hearing Loss
If you suspect you have hearing loss, the following are some guidelines to ensure that your experience with hearing help is a positive one…
- Find an Audiologist that you trust. Ask friends and family who they see and if they’re happy.
- At your initial consultation, your audiologist should do a thorough test of your hearing and provide you a detailed explanation of the test results.
- Treatment options should be discussed, which may include further medical evaluation or hearing aids.
- Ask your audiologist questions.
- There are several great additional resources online that provide hearing loss information. One is hearingloss.org.
2. Expectations and Goals:
- Success in hearing improvement is built on realistic expectations!
- Hearing aids do not restore your hearing back to “normal”. They can however greatly improve your ability to communicate with loved ones and enhance your overall quality of life.
3. Hearing Aid Follow‐up: If hearing aids are determined to be the best treatment option for your hearing loss, the rehabilitative process begins. Your brain will be hearing sounds that it hasn’t heard for a long time. It may take some time to adjust to all of these new sounds. Be patient with yourself and your “new ears”. Hearing instruments are like tiny computers in your ears. They can be adjusted in many different ways to suit your specific needs.
4. Long‐term and lifelong success: Once you have adjusted to your instruments, you’ll still need regular testing, tunes ups, and checkups. Be sure that you choose an audiologist who is committed to having you as a patient for life.
Now sit back, relax, and enjoy all the benefits of better hearing!