Hi, I just had my first hearing exam this morning and I’m totally confused. I’m hoping someone here can help me out. I’m 29 years old and have “high-frequency loss”. I don’t know why, because I don’t work in a loud environ or go to a lot of concerts or anything. Anyway, I went to the local audiologist that my father sees. She put me in a booth with headphones, played some tones at different frequencies and asked me to tell her when I could hear them. Then she stuck a pair of Starkey Destiny OTEs in my ears and told me to come back in a week.
She asked me how they sounded, but it was really hard to tell since the only real sounds were the HVAC, and our voices. Are there tests that I can do with the aids on to find out if they’re meeting my needs? Are these even good aids? I’ve been reading a bit about Siemens and Phonak, but I’ve never heard of Starkey. I read something about a word recognition test. Should I ask for that? Are there any other tests that I should ask for?
I’m the kind of person that spends months researching a new TV or camera, agonizing over every feature and figuring out the BEST one for me. It really bothers me that I spent less than half an hour in an office and walked out with $3000 worth of equipment in my ears.
I’m sorry for being such a hearing aid n00b, but I could really some help and advice. Thanks.