After acknowledging your hearing loss, visiting an audiologist is the next important step in the journey to better hearing and a better life. Although it certainly isn’t a requirement that someone accompany you on your first appointment, most audiologists highly recommend it. There are a number of reasons your significant other or close family member is a great asset to your hearing health process, including the following.
A different perspective
It may not be completely accurate to say that you’re the one who knows the most about your symptoms. This is because our hearing abilities (or deficiencies) directly affect the way we interact with those around us. Age-related hearing loss happens gradually, and the human mind is skilled at compensating and adapting to these changes over time. In many cases, it takes a friend or loved one to notice the first signs of hearing loss and suggest a visit to an audiologist.
It closely follows that loved ones who spend a lot of time with you will have insight into aspects of your hearing loss you may not be aware of. This different perspective is vital to helping the audiologist diagnose the nature and extent of your hearing loss and formulate the most beneficial treatment plan for you.
Avoiding information overload
In your first appointment, there will be a lot of information to process about the nature of your hearing loss, the options available to you and how to care for your hearing going forward. In the midst of this vital information, the reality of your hearing loss and its implications may heighten your emotional and mental processes. In light of this natural reaction, it’s understandable that you could forget important things the audiologist says. Having another person along who can focus on the specifics of your hearing loss and treatment options, or even take notes, relieves you of this burden and ensures you won’t miss anything.
Help making decisions
If your audiologist suggests hearing aids or other assistive technology for your hearing loss, someone close to you can offer moral support and practical advice about which options might be best for you. Going through with a treatment plan for your hearing loss is vital to your continued health and wellness, and a loved one’s support and advice is the best asset during this important first step.
If for some reason you can’t take someone with you the day of your appointment, at least talk with a close family member or friend beforehand and ask for their input and advice to share with the audiologist. The more knowledgeable perspectives that can contribute to the process, the more likely your hearing needs will be fully met.