For a majority of people living with hearing loss, that hearing loss does not happen overnight. In fact, for many people, hearing loss happens gradually over time and progresses slowly enough that many people living with hearing loss do not realize it. This is because sounds start missing so gradually, it’s not noticed. For some people, a sudden hearing loss can occur—even overnight. If you think you may have hearing loss, here are the steps to help you determine if your hearing loss is real and what you can do about it.
Step 1: Communication is key
It is common for people living with hearing loss to think they are managing and hiding their hearing issues. Keeping open communication going with family members experiencing hearing loss is important. If you haven’t already discussed the matter with your family, now is a good time to start the conversation. You may realize many of them have already noticed that you are having difficulty hearing. Keeping an open dialogue with your family can provide a support system for you as you seek to address and correct your hearing loss.
Step 2: Take notice of your hearing health symptoms
Once a hearing loss has been noticed. The next step is to see a hearing health professional. Before seeing an ENT, Audiologist or hearing specialist, start by getting organized. List your hearing symptoms and collect a list of all current medications being consumed. The more you can tell your hearing healthcare provider about the nature and circumstances of your hearing difficulty, the better they’ll be able to diagnose and provide the appropriate hearing health solutions.
Step 3: Get a Hearing Exam
Once you’ve collected your information, it’s time to schedule a hearing screening. At Physicians Hearing Solutions there is no fee for a complete hearing screening. If a hearing screening shows a patient is experiencing hearing difficulties, the patient will visit with a team Audiologist & National Board-Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist. The Physicians Hearing Solutions team of hearing health professionals work with each patient to diagnose, determine a hearing health plan and make corrective suggestions based on the severity of a patient’s hearing loss level, lifestyle & budget when hearing instruments are required.
It’s time to visit an audiologist or hearing instrument specialist for a full hearing exam. A hearing exam will determine the exact nature of a person’s hearing loss and how it can best be addressed.
Hearing Health Help in Rhode Island
At Physicians Hearing Solutions, located in Warwick and East Providence, Rhode Island, our Audiologists will access each hearing health patient by collecting a case history in order to obtain specific information related to a patient’s tinnitus symptoms. Our Audiologists and specialized National Board-Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist (NBC-HIS) performs a complete hearing evaluation to show each patient’s exact hearing capabilities. Our specialized hearing health team will also help each patient complete questionnaires and forms in order to determine the level of impact tinnitus is having on each patient’s quality of life. Because tinnitus can occur in one or both ears, as well as at differing intensities, it is vital to collect as much patient experience information as possible in order to create a viable resolution.
We want you to know you can trust that you are getting the highest quality hearing healthcare each time you come to see us. Our goal is to improve your quality of life through providing you with the quality hearing healthcare you deserve. We offer complimentary complete Diagnostic Hearing Screenings. Please don’t wait, call today, (401) 921-0181 Warwick, Rhode Island office, (401) 435-5355 East Providence, Rhode Island office.