Visiting a hearing care professional

Visiting your local hearing care professional is the first step you need to take if you suspect you have a hearing loss. There's really no reason to wait. a hearing test is quick, simple and completely painless. In most cases, your hearing care professional can give you the results immediately after the test and advise you on how to rediscover your hearing.

The hearing exam

A full professional hearing evaluation usually takes less than an hour.

1. Your hearing care professional will probably start by asking you a few questions about your general health and lifestyle, and the health of your ears.

2. Next, he’ll look into your ear to examine the canal that runs to the eardrum. He’ll be looking for more clues about your hearing health. The ear examination doesn’t hurt at all.

3. For the actual test you’ll be asked to wear headphones and listen to a series of tones to evaluate the sensitivity of your hearing at different frequency levels.

The hearing test results are shown on an audiogram, a graph that, in most cases, will be presented to you right after the test.

What is an audiogram

When your specialist describes your hearing loss, he or she will always refer to the severity of the loss and its “configuration”, which means the pitches or frequencies you are unable to hear. These tones will be placed on a graph called an audiogram. 
An audiogram shows which frequencies you are able to hear, and at what volume. The audiogram gives your hearing professional a good idea of how severe your hearing loss is, and helps your professional select the best treatment options for you.

What if I have hearing loss?

The hearing evaluation will give you a clear idea of whether you have a hearing loss. If you do have a hearing loss, your hearing care professional will be able to tell you if it can be treated with a hearing aid, and if so, which type of hearing aid will suit you best. 
Understanding hearing loss
Pair of ReSound red hearing aids on a table.

Types of hearing care professionals

When it comes to diagnosing and treating hearing loss, finding the right specialist can be hard. There are three types of hearing care professionals you can choose from for diagnosing and treating hearing loss: Audiologists, Hearing aid specialists and Ear-Nose-Throat doctors. The professional you choose depends on your medical needs as well as your personal preference. 

Types of hearing care professionals
ReSound hearing care professional interacting with a patient during an appointment.