The first step in the process toward improved hearing ability is a consultation with a professional that specializes in hearing, known as an audiologist. The audiologist will begin with a medical and hearing difficulty history, followed by examination of the ears and a thorough evaluation of hearing abilities. During your hearing aid consultation appointment, the audiologist will explain your hearing loss and discuss the various hearing aid styles, the latest technological advances, and what to expect from your hearing aids. You will work together with the audiologist to determine which hearing aids are the most appropriate for your individual lifestyle and listening needs. Depending on the style chosen, impressions of your ears may need to be taken so that your hearing aids can be custom fit. A deposit may be collected for your hearing aid order, and a hearing aid fitting appointment will be scheduled.