October to December is a very festive time that brings people together. From thanksgiving to Halloween to Christmas, the unity and celebrations bring a great sense of warmth despite the cold weather. For individuals who are hard of hearing this can be a very isolating time.
Instead of being irritated by crowded rooms full of people overtalking each other, having to constantly repeat yourself, or avoiding conversations all together, get ahead of the problem. Don’t let hearing loss hold you back from participating in the festivities with your loved ones. If you have identified your hearing loss, here are a few easy steps you can take to overcome your hearing loss just in time for the holidays!
- Visit your general practitioner and get a screening test: Screeners are one of the quickest and easiest ways to get a “mini” hearing test done at your doctor’s office. Your doctor will hold a small device up to your ear and ask if you hear a beeping sound at different volume levels. The result of the screening test will determine whether or not they refer you to an audiologist. Some clinics may have an online assessment tool that you can also utilize.
- Research and find a reputable audiologist: In the event that your doctor does not have a screener in his office, do your own research! There is sure to be a local audiologist practice within your firm. Ask around your circle and see which ones are recommended. If you’re looking online, read google reviews, analyze their website, and what they offer. Make sure to go to an audiologist which is independent of a manufacturer to get the best-unbiased treatment. If you want to optimize your hearing journey even further, begin researching the different types of hearing aids. Look online and observe the offerings of different hearing aid manufacturers, taking into account your budget and preferences.
- Book a Hearing Test: Now that you have found your audiologist, book an appointment! Depending on the number of audiologists in your city, appointment times tend to fill up quickly for specialized providers so make sure to book an appointment as soon as you can. Make sure to provide as many details about your hearing journey such as how long you’ve been experiencing hearing loss, how it affects your life, the noise level in previous work environments, prior health concerns, and more. Doing so will ensure that your hearing health provider is knowledgeable on your case prior to your appointment.
- Test out hearing aids and order!: Most providers will allow you to test out a pair of hearing aids before purchase during your appointment, and in some cases, they might allow you to take them home for a short period. If you already know your budget or what kind of hearing aids you are looking for, this process will be even faster. Talk to your hearing health providers, try on a pair, and order!
Being as prepared as possible is the best way to optimize your hearing health journey. Taking the time to research your options can go a long way in making sure you get the service and aids you desire. Take the leap in starting your hearing journey to enjoy the holiday season, you deserve it.