What is more convenient than having your hearing specialist right at your eye doctors office? At HEA we feel that hearing loss may be overlooked by some and that the convenience of having your hearing tested while at our office is a benefit. Since most hearing loss is a slow progression, you may not even know you have lost any hearing. Now you can easily have your hearing tested while at your eye doctor appointment!
HEA Hearing Center prides itself in providing the patients with the best services possible. For this reason, the HEA Hearing Center has two doctorate level audiologists on staff. If you have never visited an Audiologist and had a recent hearing evaluation, you probably do not know what to expect. You should be looking forward to an exciting journey to better understanding your hearing needs.
Your sense of hearing is a vital link to your world-a source of pleasure, information, and communication.
Building Understanding and Trust
It is very important that you feel comfortable with your Audiologist. To establish this bond, your Audiologist will spend some time with you to get to know your hearing experiences, to learn what your most important hearing needs are, and to advise you on your best solution(s) to best achieve these goals.
During this initial visit, you may receive some information regarding better communication tips, possible referral to a medical doctor, information on hearing protection, or advice on the best hearing device(s) to suit your specific needs.
The Audiologists at HEA Hearing Center are Doctors of Audiology. When visiting with one of our Audiologists, you can feel at ease that you are receiving the most up to date procedures to assess your hearing along with a custom tailored solution for your hearing needs.
What You can do to Prepare for the Appointment
To make the most out of your appointment, it is encouraged that you take some time before the appointment to think about how your hearing is affecting your everyday life. For example, it is not uncommon for people with a hearing problem to experience a sense of isolation and frustration (not wanting to get into a noisier environment, not wanting to ask people to repeat themselves, and often agreeing to things that were not fully heard).
After deciding how your hearing is affecting your life, spend some time thinking about what you are willing to do or how important it is to find a solution to help you with this problem. For example, could find a solution re-engage you with your family and friends at social gatherings? How much do you feel a solution to your hearing needs could increase your quality of life? What information/conversations have you been missing out on?
A simple exercise to help you through this process is to ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you think that you have a hearing loss?
- Where have you noticed problems with your hearing?
- Has your hearing been frustrating you?
- Have your family members or friends mentioned anything about your hearing?
- If your hearing was improved, how would things be different/better for you?
Next, ask the same questions to a family member or friend regarding your hearing:
- Do you think I have a hearing loss?
- Where have you noticed problems with my hearing?
- Has my hearing frustrated you at times? (Explain)
- Has anyone mentioned to you that I have a hearing problem? (Explain)
- If my hearing was improved how do you think that would affect your life?