Your first appointment

Visiting an audiologist who specializes in advanced hearing solutions is critical to finding the right solution for your specific needs.

Audiologist explaining how hearing works

What you will find on this page

  • What to expect from your first visit

  • Understand how hearing loss is diagnosed

  • Explore treatment options

For both adults and children with hearing loss, finding an audiologist who can give you the right advice, support and solution is vital. They'll help you at every step of the journey, so it's important you feel comfortable with them.

“There’s one little child that I think of. I first met her when she was only six months of age. She’s now four and a half. I’ve seen her grow from this little tiny babe to just starting to babble a bit. She now talks, she jokes, she laughs, she sings, she says, ‘Hi Jim’ when she comes in to the center…”

- Jim Hungerford, CEO, The Shepherd Centre, Australia

What to expect

On the first visit, your audiologist will usually ask about medical history, recent hearing loss symptoms and general physical health to build a detailed case history.

Ear exam

Your audiologist will probably use an otoscope to look in the ears. This cone-shaped instrument has a light on the end to help them see any physical problems inside the ear.

Hearing test

There are a number of tests an audiologist can use to determine the type and degree of hearing loss. These can include:

  • Pure tone sound tests (air conduction test)

In this air conduction test, different pitches and tones are played through headphones or earplugs. The patient signals when the sound is heard. For children, this test is often turned into a game to make the experience fun.

  • Speech recognition test

This test is similar to the pure tone test, but uses words or sentences rather than tones. It helps the audiologist determine how well speech is heard and understood at different volumes.

  • Bone conduction test

In this test, a metal band with an attachment, called a bone oscillator, is placed against the bone behind the ear. Sounds are sent to the inner ear through the bone.

Review results

The results of the hearing test are ready immediately and mapped on an audiogram. This chart maps the degree of hearing loss and typically takes 20 to 30 minutes to complete.

Discuss treatment options

Whatever the results show, it’s important to remember there are effective treatment options for all types of hearing loss. Your audiologist will be able to advise you, but you should also think about factors such as lifestyle and life stage (school, work, retirement) when considering your options.

Because of the crucial role the brain plays in hearing, you may need to follow some training exercises to get the most from whatever solution you choose. Cochlear offers a ready-made program, Communication Corner, of age-appropriate exercises to help you.

Why the right hearing solution matters

Audiologists who specialize in advanced hearing solutions, such as cochlear implants or bone conduction implants, are best able to determine whether a hearing aid or implantable hearing solution is right for your needs. And, once you find the most appropriate solution, your path to better hearing can be life-changing. In fact, for almost 40 years we've helped people hear better, no one's ever said; "I wish I would have waited." Instead they say they wish they would have done something sooner. And, the good news is, you can.

Audiologist Appointment Guide

Your guide to your first appointment with a Hearing Implant Specialist

Audiologist Appointment Guide

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Disclaimer

Please seek advice from your medical practitioner or health professional about treatments for hearing loss. They will be able to advise on a suitable solution for the hearing loss condition. All products should be used only as directed by your medical practitioner or health professional. Not all products are available in all countries. Please contact your local Cochlear representative.

Views expressed by Cochlear recipients and hearing health providers are those of the individual. Consult your hearing health provider to determine if you are a candidate for cochlear technology and to understand the associated risks and benefits. Individual results may vary.

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