WebMD: Hearing Aid Test—Everything You Need to Know

UC audiologist offers recommendations for choosing a hearing aid

More than 38 million Americans report some degree of hearing loss. Many could benefit from a simple hearing aid test, explains Stephanie Lockhart, director of audiology in the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. “I have found that even mild hearing losses can have a significant impact on a person’s ability to communicate, particularly in challenging listening environments,” Lockhart told WebMD.

According to Lockhart, things your audiologist will consider when recommending hearing aids include:

  • Where you have the most trouble hearing
  • Lifestyle
  • Cosmetic preferences
  • Your manual dexterity, which is your skill with using your hands
  • Technological preferences
  • Financial concerns like insurance, trial periods, warranties, and return policies

“Nothing done during a hearing test should be painful,” Lockhart told WebMD. After your hearing test, your audiologist will determine whether you should pursue hearing aids, get another test, or meet with a physician, Lockhart advises.

Bringing along a companion for your visit may also help. “A lot of information will be shared and decisions made and it’s a great idea to have a significant other, family member, or close friend there to be an extra pair of ears,” says Lockhart.

Read the full story with Stephanie Lockhart in WebMD.

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