The treatment process of hearing loss

Once you acknowledge that you have hearing loss, you can begin the process of treating it. Many people think they have to adjust to their hearing loss, but in most cases there’s a solution that can significantly improve their lives.

The first step towards treatment is finding a hearing care professional. From there, you’re on the right path to regaining the sound details you may have forgotten that you’re missing.

What to expect & how to prepare

Here is an overview to guide you through the journey from acceptance to improving your hearing. You are just five steps away from a richer sensory life!

  1. Find a hearing care professional
  2. Prepare for your first appointment 
  3. Meet your new hearing care professional
  4. Find the right hearing aid 
  5. Get follow-up support

"In all truth your life will change. You will hear and your life will change.” - John Harvey

There are several ways to find the best hearing specialist for you. Maybe you have friends or family members who can recommend someone. Your general practitioner (doctor) can also give you suggestions.

The easiest way to get an overview of the hearing healthcare professionals near you is by using our online map, where you can find the contact details you need to make your first appointment. Find your nearest hearing centre

After you’ve made your first appointment, you have a little time to prepare.

You are welcome to bring a family member or friend to get more out of your visit. So think: who would you like to bring with you?

Consider any concerns you may have about hearing aids or hearing loss. You can go through our list of the most common symptoms of hearing loss and write down any that apply to you, so you don’t forget anything when the hearing care professional asks.

See a list of hearing loss symptoms

Your first appointment at the hearing centre will probably include a hearing test, to determine the degree and type of any hearing loss. This is quick, non-invasive, and pain-free. You will also review your history, any symptoms, and talk about the potential solutions.

What should I expect at the first appointment?

There is a range of hearing devices, and finding the right one for you depends on a number of factors. These include your lifestyle, how much amplification you need, and your preferences for cosmetics and convenience.

You will go through the options together with your hearing specialist and select the best hearing instrument for you at your first appointment. Some hearing care professionals will give you a trial period.

See the different hearing aid styles

After finding the right hearing aid, your new device may need fine-tuning as you get used to having hearing aids, and your hearing needs will slightly change. Your hearing care professional will make sure to follow up after a few weeks.

For your follow up appointment, it’s a good idea to write down any situations that cause you difficulties. These could be group conversations or talking on the phone.

At this session, you’ll also receive advice and guidance for maintaining your devices. Oticon hearing aids are durable and easy to use, but a few tips can help you get off to a good start.

Now enjoy your new life

Now that you’ve gone through steps 1-5, you’re ready to enjoy your new life. Treating your hearing loss will help you contribute to conversations again. We want you to be able to hear and participate in your social life. We want you to be able to hear the birdcalls, and the traffic in the streets. And don’t worry if your partner snores – you take them off at night.

It is important to remember that results differ depending on your level and type of hearing loss. You might also need some time to adjust to wearing the new hearing devices. According to research, it usually takes around 30 days to realise the full benefits and treatment outcomes. So it’s important to keep progressing by wearing them every day, as prescribed by your hearing care professional.