It’s great that you’ve noticed an issue with your hearing and you’ve taken the next step to solving it – that next step being an appointment with a hearing healthcare professional. They will be able to assist you, diagnosing your hearing loss, determining the reason or reasons for it and talking to you about any treatments that might be suitable for you. 

However, as it should be in any healthcare situation, it’s important for the patient to ask questions; you need to be able to understand everything that is happening to make the right choices with regards to your treatment. Here are some of the top questions to ask your hearing healthcare professional to give you peace of mind. 

Why am I experiencing hearing loss? 

First and foremost, you will need to know just what the reason behind your hearing loss is. Even though it might be obvious to your hearing specialist, if you’re not up to date with the relevant medical terms or you need a more thorough explanation, don’t be afraid to ask. 

When it comes to healthcare, it’s crucial you know exactly what your condition is. If you’re unsure about anything, ask for more clarity. A good hearing health professional won’t mind giving a more detailed explanation. 

What will happen if we do nothing?

Although it’s unlikely that you will want to do nothing about your hearing loss once it has been diagnosed, it’s still a good idea to find out what might happen if this was the case. You can think of this as the worst-case scenario, and even if you definitely want to act and have treatment or a device for your hearing loss, knowing what the issues could be if you didn’t have it done will help you to focus. 

Alternatively, it might be that you don’t have to have anything done right now. Again, knowing if this is the case, even if there is treatment you could have, means you can take control of your healthcare and make the right choice for you. 

How do I look after my hearing aid? 

Once you have been fitted for a hearing aid, that’s not the end of the process. Your hearing aid is an advanced piece of technology, and as such it needs to be taken care of so that it always works for you – even the very best hearing aid will decline in quality if it is never cleaned or maintained. 

When you have been fitted for a hearing aid, make sure to ask your hearing specialist about the maintenance of it, and ensure you are happy to carry out the tasks before leaving their office. It might take some practice, but it’s a must. 

Will my hearing loss get worse?

Again, this is another important question. Knowing whether your hearing loss could get worse means that you are prepared for the eventuality, and you will be more attuned to noticing if there is a decline in your hearing. 

Of course, depending on the reason for your hearing loss, it might be hard for your hearing health professional to know the answer to this question, but it is still a good one to ask.