Going to the audiologist for the first time can cause a lot of emotions, from anxiety to excitement, but it doesn’t have to! Consider asking the following six questions to help you prepare for your visit with the audiologist.
1. Will you see the same audiologist every time?
It is helpful to book appointments with the same audiologist, so they build a rapport and get a full picture of your hearing needs. When you trust the audiologist you’re more likely to share vital details about your hearing health.
2. Can you bring a friend along?
Audiologists understand when suffering from hearing loss it’s difficult to digest a lot of information in one go. Therefore audiologists are well-used to their patients bringing along a friend or family member to act as an extra pair of ears.
A sign of a good audiologist is that they encourage you to bring along some support, so don’t be afraid to ask if this is something you want to do.
3. How long does the appointment last?
It’s a good to know how long the appointment will take. An average is at least an hour, because the audiologist must take a medical history, physically exam your ears, run a hearing test, and then discuss the results. With this in mind it’s best to schedule your exam when you have plenty of time, as you don’t want to rush things.
4. Will you need to come back?
This answer to this question depends on the results of your hearing test, so check this out with the audiologist. If you require a hearing device, then the audiologist may take a mold of your ear at the first visit, and suggest you return in two weeks for a fitting. At this appointment they’ll explain how to operate the device and the best way to train your ears to listen using it.
If you get the all clear, depending on your age the audiologist may suggest another hearing test in 12-months’ time in order to check for deterioration.
5. What is the best hearing device for you?
If you need a hearing device then your audiologist uses their knowledge of your hobbies, lifestyle, and hearing difficulties, to suggest which is the best style of hearing device for you. These vary considerably from one worm snuggled up behind the ear, right through to practically invisible devices that sit deep within the ear canal.
6. Will it take long to adjust to hearing aids?
This is a great question because many people expect to put in the device for the first time and it will be as if they never lost their hearing. The truth is very different because it takes time to acclimatize to hearing again, and your audiologist will suggest practical ways to retrain your ears to tune out background noise, and advise on a time scale.
Your audiologist will be with your during your journey to better hearing. From hearing evaluations to fitting your hearing devices; your audiologist will help make the process easier and less intimidating!