Long story short (so I can get to the point), I had my first “real” hearing check yesterday at Costco and had a very positive experience. Previous to this, I had self-diagnosed as a cookie biter from the Mimi IOS app, reading forum posts and experiences, etc., and yesterdays appointment confirmed what I already knew.
My question is this: what’s next? Should I follow up with an ENT, audiologist, or other medical professional? I think I’m only concerned about following up if there’s a possibility that my hearing will get worse over time AND there’s something a medical professional can do about it that a HIS cannot. If the general consensus of all hearing professionals is “yeah, you have hearing loss. Get hearing aids and deal with it.” it’s kinda hard to justify the added time and expense of hearing that again from someone else, but with a pretty degree on the wall. I guess maybe an official diagnosis may be helpful from an ADA standpoint in the future? Anything else I’m not thinking of? Those of you that were first diagnosed by non-doctors, what did you do? And yes, I ordered hearing aids and am eagerly anticipating their arrival; I’ll chronicle that separately.