What will happen during a Two-Stage appointment?

 
  1. The audiologist will ask you a few questions about how well you are able to hear in everyday situations and what difficulties you have.  
Click opens a new windowhere to see a form that will give you an idea of some questions you may be asked.  You may want to consider your answers to these questions before going to your appointment.  You can print this form and take it with you to your appointment as a reminder.
 
  1. Some of the questions will be about your general health and medical history, including details of any medications you’re currently on  – so be sure to make a note of any you’ve been taking recently, before your appointment.
  2. The audiologist will look in your ears with a special torch-like instrument called an otoscope to check the condition of your ear canals and eardrums.
  3. Your hearing will then be tested and the results explained to you. 
  4. If the hearing test shows you have a hearing loss, your audiologist may talk to you about the possibility of hearing aids – but only if the test results suggest you are likely to benefit. If so, the results will help your audiologist decide whether require one for each ear, or whether just a single hearing aid would be more appropriate.
  5. If you decide to try using hearing aids, your audiologist will start by taking an ‘impression’ of your ears. These impressions, which exactly match the shape of the entrance to your ear canals, will be used as templates for producing custom-fit opens a new windowearmoulds for your new hearing aids. 

Taking the impression takes only a few minutes. Firstly, a small foam ‘plug’ with a thin string attached is placed a short way into your ear to protect it. Then, a small amount of soft, putty-like material is squeezed into your ear using a special tool. The putty takes a few minutes to set, after which it can be safely removed from your ear. The resulting impression is then sent to a laboratory to be made into the earmould, which will be ready by the time of your next appointment.
 
 
   An audiologist taking an impression of a patient's ear (Image © RNID)
 
 
  1. Your audiologist will then arrange for you to return and have your hearing aid fitted.

 

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