Preparing for Your Audiologist Appointment
Many people who experience hearing loss take a long time to seek treatment because of how gradually the condition typically occurs. It can slowly deteriorate over time, presenting only small symptoms as it worsens.
There are many different causes of hearing loss from genetic conditions like Meniere’s disease to nerve damage to the normal aging process. Whatever the cause behind your hearing loss, visiting an audiologist is an important step in seeking the treatment you deserve.
In order to get the most out of your audiology appointment, it’s important to go in prepared. Your head will likely be swimming with questions, yet you may be too nervous or apprehensive to ask during your appointment. That’s why it’s important to follow a few steps prior to your appointment to ensure you don’t miss a beat!
Get all of your medical information together
The more your audiologist knows about your medical history, the better equipped they will be to make a diagnosis. Obtain copies of your medical record and remember to notate anything pertinent to hearing loss, whether you experienced head trauma or have a family history of the condition. Prepare a brief rundown of your medical history as well as listing any medications you may be taking, lifestyle risk factors like attending clubs or live music venues frequently. It may also be a good idea to note down times or locations where your hearing trouble is particularly profound.
Write down any questions
Your first audiology appointment is a great opportunity to put any questions you may have about hearing loss, hearing tests or hearing aids. However, it can be easy to forget these questions when you’re in the middle of your appointment, so jotting them down ahead of time can ensure you’ll get the answers you need. If you’re not quite sure where to start, some useful questions include:
- What’s the extent of my hearing loss?
- What’s the cause of my hearing loss?
- What can I do to prevent further deterioration of my hearing?
- What can I expect from my hearing aid?
- How long will it take me to adjust to my hearing aid?
Take your partner or a close friend with you
Audiologists are polite, professional and warm people, but if this is your first time visiting one, you may feel better taking a friend or family member with you. In addition to helping you feel more comfortable, your friend can also weigh in on any hearing loss symptoms they’ve noticed that you might have missed – offering a more comprehensive background to your audiologist.