Things to Know About Hearing Aids

If you suffer from hearing loss you may have considered getting a hearing aid. But there are things you should know prior to scheduling that appointment. There are many places you can buy hearing aids. You can improve the quality of your life and those around you when you are able to hear better.

Studies show that over twenty-six million Americans over fifty have some hearing loss. This is a staggering number especially considering that less than half have had their hearing tested much less use a hearing aid. Deciding to see someone about your concerns with your hearing is the first step. You want to choose the right professional or center. Being able to trust their recommendations depends, in part, on your understanding of some basic things regarding hearing aids and hearing loss.

The terminology used may be unfamiliar to you. The more you know prior to your appointment the more informed questions you can ask the health care provider. You will more than likely go and see an audiologist. This person is trained and has studied the vestibular and auditory systems. They understand the workings of the inner, outer, and middle ear. They are accredited to diagnose and treat both balance and hearing problems. These professionals are usually have a Doctor’s or Masters in audiology had have completed a one year internship. They perform most of the diagnostics to determine if you have loss of hearing and what the cause might be. They will also be the ones to fit you with a hearing aid or other device if that is determined to be appropriate for your condition.

Once you are tested the results are plotted on an audiogram. This is really just a chart. It will illustrate the measurements and results of your hearing test. These include the frequency and loudness and are plotted based on the standards that have been determined by the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association. These results are analyzed to determine if you have hearing loss, what type of loss and how to treat it and if a hearing aid might be appropriate.

The audiologist should be able to dispense some hearing aids as well. If you have medical insurance be sure to consult with them. Coverage may be only for certain types of providers and treatments. Go into your appointment knowing what your insurance will cover. This will help you to get the most for your insurance dollar.
Before you go to your appointment you might want to consult with family or friends who have hearing loss and have been treated. You can get their recommendations. Be sure to go to a health care provider that has a variety of options to choose from. Make sure that they accept your insurance and will file the claim for you. Will you be able to make payment arrangements on any service that insurance does not cover? If you have all this information and questions ready when you go to your appointment you will save time, aggravation and money.

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