During Hearing Health Awareness Month, the team is showing the La Grande community why regular hearing assessments are essential.

Just like eye examinations, these provide crucial information that a specialist can use to track and manage any potential issues.

Sadly, many people don’t take advantage of this service because they’re unsure of what will happen at their initial visit.

The team at Audiology and Hearing Aid Associates works very hard to ensure you have a welcoming and informative experience.

This is what you can expect when you book an appointment.

First impressions matter

When you first come to our office, you’ll notice that it feels different from most clinical environments.

That’s because the décor and furnishings are designed to make you feel like you’re entering a home – not a stale surgery.

Over many years, this warm, comforting ambiance has helped many to discuss their hearing loss experiences more openly.

Now, it’s a signature of Audiology and Hearing Aid Associates’ approach to hearing care and support, which makes us stand out among others.

Let’s find out more about you!

After filling out some paperwork, you’ll meet your audiologist. And initially, they’ll just want to find out more about you and your symptoms.

They’ll ask why you felt it was the right time to address your hearing loss and what your particular hearing goals are for the future.

They’ll also ask you about your medical history and whether any of your family members have experienced hearing loss in the past.

Together, this will give them an understanding of how to approach your assessment going forward.

The sound suite

Next, your audiologist will bring you to the dedicated sound suite.

Many find this room’s acoustics extremely soothing and relaxing, as you can’t hear any external noises, like passing traffic.

Every patient sits in our barber chair, which adds a fun dimension to the proceedings.

Your audiologist will then inspect your outer and middle ear for any signs of swelling or permanent damage.

They’ll also examine whether you have anything blocking your ear canal, such as wax or a foreign object, which can be common.

The hearing tests

After this, you’ll put on a pair of headphones and take a series of hearing tests.

These will measure a range of different parameters, including your overall hearing capacity and how you understand different forms of speech.

You’ll simply have to press a button when you hear a sound for some of them, while for others, you’ll repeat certain words and phrases.

Your audiologist will talk you through each step of this process.

The results

After the tests are completed, they’ll show you your results on a special graph called an audiogram.

Your audiologist will give you feedback on the data and recommend a course of action, reflecting your particular needs.

If you are a great candidate for hearing aids, your audiologist will be able to demonstrate the wide variety of options available.

And for those who wish to move forward, you can be fitted with this life-changing treatment on the day.

Are you concerned about a hearing loss or know someone who is? Contact Audiology and Hearing Aid Associates, and the team can help you now!

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Erika Shakespeare CCC-A

Erika Shakespeare CCC-A

Erika Shakespeare, CCC-A, specializes in pediatric and adult diagnostics and amplification. Working with adults to help manage tinnitus and hearing loss since 2002, she is an expert in both of these areas. Additionally, she is a pediatric audiology mentor and educator for pediatric audiologists across the country and is one of the most respected experts on pediatric audiology.