You made an appointment, you’re ready to take that dreaded first step, but now you’re wondering what to expect from that first appointment with your audiologist. Here’s how we recommend preparing for your visit.
Have a family member or friend help you with this list. They may have noticed changes in your behavior or may be able to help you remember all of the symptoms you’ve been having. Are both of your ears affected? Have you experienced any ringing in your ears (tinnitus)? Did your hearing loss occur suddenly or has it developed gradually?
Some tell-tale signs of hearing loss include:
Just as with any other doctor’s appointment, you will need to notify your audiologist of any medications that you are taking. Remember to write down your medications (and doses) to take with you to your appointment.
Are you bothered by your hearing loss? Are your family members increasingly frustrated with you? Do you feel isolated or depressed? Do you feel like you are unable to perform your job or enjoy your life? If you have answered “yes” to any of these questions, you must mention these feelings to your audiologist. Hearing loss is a leading cause of social isolation and is serious.
Think about the questions you have for the audiologist before you go to your appointment. Are you concerned about the cost of hearing aids? Do you know someone who has recommended a specific brand or style of hearing aid? Perhaps you’re wondering if hearing aids are even necessary for you? No matter what the question, write it down and take it with you to your appointment.