Our Hearing Loss Experts Frequently Asked Questions How much do hearing aids cost? You’re not alone in asking this question! It is, unequivocally, the most common question that we hear and is such an important topic that we have a separate page to address it. Please see the link that takes you to the discussion. What should I expect during my Diagnostic Hearing Evaluation? At Evolution Hearing, our Diagnostic Hearing Evaluation is more complete and gives valuable information to determine whether or not hearing loss is present and to what extent, what part of the ear the hearing loss is originating from (outer ear, middle ear, inner ear or nerve), and whether or not the hearing loss is permanent or correctible. We provide the following items as a part of a complete evaluation: Inspection with an otoscope. This is a visual check to make sure that earwax is not occluding or blocking the pathway to the eardrum, and preventing the rest of the evaluation. A review of your case history. You will need to complete paperwork and answer questions concerning your current medication list, your family history of hearing loss (if any), and your history of noise exposure. An explanation of the audiogram (hearing test report) before the testing begins. This allows you to know where on the graph normal hearing lies, and where your results compare. Individual Sound Booth Test. This test will give us a baseline of exactly how much hearing loss is present and whether or not it is permanent or correctible. Can I wear one hearing aid instead of two? 95% of all people experiencing hearing difficulty have hearing loss in both ears even though they may not be fully aware of it. Our Diagnostic Hearing Evaluation will help determine whether or not hearing loss is actually present in both ears. Once we complete your full Diagnostic Hearing Evaluation, we will recommend a full range of options to best suit your individual needs. For more information on pricing please see our page here. I have an old set of Hearing Aids from a friend. Can I use them? Hearing Aids can be expensive, and we understand trying to get the most out of a set. When we can, we will do our very best to make this situation work. That being said, our objective is to allow you to hear as well as possible. If your friend’s set can be made to work- great! If they can’t be made to fit your hearing- we will recommend devices that will. Hearing loss is not usually black or white, meaning there is a range of hearing loss, not just normal hearing or deafness. It’s not very often that someone cannot hear anything at all. It’s much more common to have difficulty hearing certain sounds and understanding conversation. For most people, it takes much more effort and energy to keep up with what is being said. Picture yourself “squinting with your ears”. Modern hearing aids are made to boost the clarity of sound and speech. Hearing devices are programmed for each patient according to their hearing test. In general though, hearing loss severity is typically classified as mild, moderate, moderately-severe, severe or profound. For additional information or to schedule your appointment, contact our locations in Raleigh, North Carolina, or Charlottesville, Virginia, today.