Preparing for your child’s first appointment with a pediatric audiologist might seem like a daunting task. On top of bringing the normal kid items for your everyday outings, you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared and armed with information for the appointment itself. Below is an easy checklist of must-haves for a pediatric audiologist appointment.
Basic medical information
- Insurance information
- Medication list, including dose information
- List of concerns to discuss with audiologist (see below)
- List of other healthcare professionals caring for your child. It is wise to include a phone number and address for each provider.
- Information from your child’s classroom or school about any hearing issues
- Phone numbers and email addresses the pediatric audiologist can use to reach you
List of concerns
It is highly likely your head will be swarming with thoughts, fears, concerns and care for you child while at the first audiology appointment. Because of this, it is a good idea to write down your concerns or questions ahead of time on a piece of paper. You can check off any concerns as you discuss your child’s hearing loss and make sure to ask any unanswered questions at the end of the visit.
- How are hearing tests performed? Do they take long or will my child be in pain?
- Will you help me understand the test results (also called an audiogram)?
- Can you help explain what the common terms mean?SensorineuralConductiveMixed hearing lossAuditory neuropathyCochlear implantIs my child’s hearing loss permanent?How does hearing loss affect speech or language development?How much do hearing aids cost?What’s the difference between hearing aids and cochlear implants?How often will we need to buy hearing aids?
- Mixed hearing loss
- Auditory neuropathy
- Cochlear implant
- Is my child’s hearing loss permanent?
- How does hearing loss affect speech or language development?
- How much do hearing aids cost?
- What’s the difference between hearing aids and cochlear implants?
- How often will we need to buy hearing aids?
Additional items to consider
- Bring a family friend, spouse or other adult family member to help you during the process. An additional hand can be helpful while trying to learn new concepts and understand information regarding your child’s health.
- Bring your child’s favorite toy or stuffed animal. Comforting items from home can go a long way after your child has undergone new experiences such as hearing tests.
- A pen and paper. Your child’s audiologist appointment will be full of information; bringing something to write with and write on will enable you to remember everything that you and the pediatric audiologist discussed.
If you have any other questions or concerns before or during your child’s appointment, make sure to bring them up with the audiologist. They will be more than happy to help both you and your child feel comfortable during their hearing healthcare visit!