When you develop problems with your hearing, you should book an appointment with an audiologist for a hearing test. A hearing test will determine what’s causing the issues with your hearing and typically pinpoint the best course of action. This could ultimately result in you receiving hearing aids. But before this happens, you will be able to ask your audiologists a few questions. Here are some suggestions.

What type of hearing loss do I have?

Contrary to popular belief there is not one set type of hearing loss. Hearing loss can be caused by a number of different factors, and some types of hearing loss are completely treatable. For instance, you can experience hearing loss if you have an ear infection. These are incredibly common and can be treated with antibiotics.

The type of hearing loss you have will determine the best course of treatment. If your hearing loss is caused by a tumor, your audiologist will need to determine whether it should be removed. If it’s due to old age, hearing aids could be the best and only option.

Can I prevent further future loss of hearing?

You may be worried that your hearing is going to get worse. If that’s the case, you should speak to your audiologist during the hearing test and ask them if there is anything you can do to prevent this. Often, they will have useful advice such as avoiding loud noises or listening to your music at regular volumes. They may even recommend that you stop using headphones altogether and if you are attending concerts, make sure you get ear protection. You can still hear the music, but the damaging volume is greatly reduced.

You may also want to ask whether there’s anything you can do specifically to ensure you can hear better without medical treatment or hearing aids.

Are there types of sounds that I find more difficult to hear?

A hearing test can reveal a lot about the state of your hearing. An audiologist may be able to tell you whether you have lost the ability to hear certain frequencies and pitches. This is useful to be aware of because some high pitch noises are very important such as a fire alarm. If your hearing has been damaged to the point where you can barely hear a noise like this you need to know. Alternatively, knowing which pitches you can hear more clearly could also help you choose the right noise for an alarm to wake you up in the morning.

What type of hearing aids do you recommend?

There are lots of different types of hearing aids available on the market. By asking your audiologist which type they recommend, you will be able to get the right set for you and your needs. For instance, you might have issues with tinnitus and if that’s the case tinnitus masking hearing aids might be the best option for you.

By asking your audiologist the right questions at a hearing test, you will be able to learn more about the state of your hearing and the action you need to take next.