Are you thinking about making an appointment for a hearing test, but don’t know where to start or what to expect?
The purpose of your first appointment is simple: to discuss your hearing challenges, test your hearing, discuss your next step forward (if you are ready), and give you the information you need to make an informed decision.
Here’s an idea of what to expect when visiting our office:
You will be greeted by Alysha, the New Client Coordinator, and asked to fill out a New Client Intake form.
In order for us to address your hearing concerns as best we can, we will need to know some background information before we can begin.
We ask all our new clients to fill out an intake form before the appointment, then Jamie Larsen will sit down with you to discuss all your concerns in more detail.
We ask for the following information on our intake form:
All of our billing is done privately, but we are more than happy to phone your insurance provider to find out what type of coverage you may have.
Third Party Coverage:
We deal with NIHB, Ministry, GreenShield, Legion & DVA members. We are currently working on becoming a WorkSafeBC provider as well. If you fall under any of those, you may be eligible for hearing aid coverage so it’s beneficial for you to let us know about it.
There are quite a few medical conditions that can affect your ears and your hearing that you may not be aware of. Letting us know your medical history will help up find out any potential causes for your hearing loss.
There are hundreds of drugs and supplements on the market that can cause hearing loss or other ear-related issues. We can help you rule out medications as a potential cause.
We need to know if you’ve had any ear infections, surgeries, or other ear-related issues such as pain, ringing in your ears, or repeated exposure to loud sounds.
We ask you to tell us about any situations where you may be struggling to hear. For example: You may be having trouble hearing your grandchildren’s voices, or perhaps you can’t hear your favourite TV show anymore. We want you to be as specific as possible so we can help you. No two people are the same. Even if you may have a similar hearing loss as someone else, you may be struggling in completely different situations than they are.
We will take a look inside your ears.
Jamie will look inside your ears using an otoscope. He looks for any abnormalities or possible medical conditions that may be causing your hearing loss. It could be something as simple as a wax build up so it’s important to take a look inside before testing.
We will perform a hearing test for you.
A hearing test may include any/all of the following:
-A pressure test using a machine called a Tympanometer. This test checks the flexibility of your eardrum and it’s ability to receive sound.
-A tone test using a machine called an Audiometer. This test is done by playing a series of tones at different pitches to see how softly you are able to hear.
-A speech test. Jamie will say different words and sentences and ask you to repeat them back to him.
A hearing test will show us what type of hearing loss you have, the severity of your hearing loss, and if there is a potential underlying condition. If we find that there may be something medical causing your hearing loss, we will refer you to an Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialist to they can take a closer look.
We will go over the results of your hearing test.
After the test, Jamie will go over your results and explain them to you. He will then make any necessary recommendations, whether it be a hearing aid trial, or a referral to an ENT.
If hearing aids are recommended, he will give you some details on what to expect during the process. If you are interested, we will need to book you in for a follow-up appointment to go over everything in more detail and set you up with a trial.
Getting an updated hearing test every year is recommended for maintaining optimal health. Even if you may not have a hearing loss, it’s a good idea to get it checked out at least every couple years to make sure everything is working as well as it should.
Do you have questions? Send us an email or call us at 604-528-8884 to schedule a consultation.