3 Ways to Prepare for Your Audiologist Appointment
A visit to an audiologist might seem like a daunting prospect, but it’s actually much easier to stomach than you might think. If you’ve realized that you have hearing loss and you’re motivated to check out the severity and potentially wear hearing aids, then here are a couple of ways that you can prepare for your appointment with your audiologist.
1. Get your medical history if possible and bring your medication
Your audiologist will likely ask you a series of common questions about your medical history and also ask what medication you’re currently taking. This can be a rather boring and slow start to your appointment, so make sure you’ve compiled all of that information and keep it in a file that you can simply hand to your audiologist.
You should have a good grasp of what medication you do (and also don’t) take so that there’s zero chance that your hearing loss is being caused by a product you are taking or something that you’ve done in your history. You may also want to prepare a bit of information regarding your lifestyle. Someone that works in a loud studio is going to be more susceptible to hearing loss than someone who works in a library and this information is going to have a drastic effect on how successful your appointment will be.
2. Ask a friend or family member to come along with you
It’s always more comforting to have someone you know attend the audiologist appointment with you. It’s even better if they know a bit about your history such as the medicine you used to take or your lifestyle choices that could affect your hearing ability. If you’re a senior citizen then it’s always recommended to take a loved one or a friend with you.
Having a second person come with you can also make it easier for you to remember certain bits of information. For instance, if you forget how to change the battery on your unit, then the person that came with you might remember and they can assist you in maintaining and taking care of your hearing aid.
3. Write down what you want from your hearing aids
Everyone has different expectations for their hearing aids. Some people want discreet ones that are fairly well hidden yet still pack a lot of amplification. Other people just want something cheap so they can easily purchase it and use it without worrying about the cost. Lastly, there are those that live active lifestyles and want their hearing aids to be sturdy, durable and comfortable above all else.
With so many hearing aid styles out there, it’s normal to be overwhelmed with choices when you speak to your audiologist. This is why you should always prepare a list of “wants” that you’d like to see from your hearing aids. This will make things a lot easier and it will ensure that your appointment goes more smoothly.