Do you, or a loved one, feel apprehensive about visiting the audiologist?

Hearing loss can make people feel vulnerable, especially in a novel situation where it’s important to hear and understand what’s going on around them.

Firstly, be reassured that an audiologist is a consummate professional whose job it is to communicate with people suffering from hearing loss. They became a doctor of hearing because they want to help people, and so if you can trust anyone to understand your difficulties it is an audiologist.

Let’s take it as read that your audiologist wants to give you the best support possible, so how do you go about getting the most out of your appointment?

#1: What are your hearing concerns?

You audiologist wants to help and to do this they need as much information about your hearing difficulties as possible. By understanding how hearing loss affects your everyday life then they can select the best hearing device to meet your needs.

If you feel disadvantaged because you can’t hear in crowds such as a religious gathering or struggle to hold a conversation when there’s background noise, write this down so you remember to tell the audiologist.

#2: Do some research

Perhaps you experience dizziness or ringing in your ears, or notice you struggle to hear high pitched noises more than low tones. If you have access to a library or the internet do a little research ahead of your visit. This gives you an idea of what the audiologist might be investigating and starts to familiarize you with the language and technical terms used. In turn this may trigger a number of questions, and so of course write them down and ask the audiologist to answer them.

#3: Write a list of questions

There’s nothing quite like being in out of your comfort zone to make you forget all those important questions you wanted to ask. Again, remember your audiologist wants to help and will welcome a written list so that all your queries are answered.

Brainstorm at home and consider practical things such as:

  • What are the ongoing costs?
  • What is my diagnosis?
  • What can I expect in the future with regards to my hearing?
  • What are the drawbacks of this device?
  • How long is the guarantee?
  • When do I need another hearing test?

#4: Ask a friend to go with you

Two pairs of ears are better than one. Your audiologist welcomes friends or family members to accompany a patient during their visit. They are able to listen and taken in information which can help answer your questions at a later date.

In addition they can give the audiologist valuable feedback about how they perceive hearing loss affects you, which can sometimes be quite an eye opener.

So remember, get the most out of your appointment with a little preparation, and help your audiologist to help you.