If you’ve been having problems hearing and have scheduled an appointment with an audiologist, know that you are taking an important step in prioritizing your health and wellbeing!
However, even though you’re making a great decision, that doesn’t mean that you won’t feel nervous or overwhelmed as your appointment approaches.
Let’s go over a few tips to try and reduce stress and get the most from your visit to the audiologist.
Have Your Health and Hearing Information Ready
To provide you with the best care possible, it will be helpful for your audiologist to have a complete picture of your health, your hearing abilities and your general lifestyle. Some good information to have ready at your appointment may include:
- Any chronic health conditions you suffer from
- Medications you take
- Activity/fitness level
- Employment situation
- Living situation
- Hobbies or activities you enjoy
Additionally, it can be helpful to explain the settings and circumstances where you most struggle with hearing, such as:
- During phone conversations
- Work presentations
- When watching TV or movies
- Talking with your grandchildren
- In crowded places with background noise, like Another Café.
All of this information can be helpful in determining what treatment options will be best for your hearing loss.
Do Your Own Hearing Aid Research
There are many different options today when it comes to hearing aids. Different styles, sizes, features and accessories. Familiarizing yourself with some of your options can help you better discuss your preferences when you actually speak with your audiologist.
Write Down Questions Beforehand
You likely have a lot of questions about hearing loss and treatment options. It’s best to write them down beforehand and bring them with you. This way you don’t forget to ask when you’re at your appointment.
The American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) also recommends that you use the “Ask Me 3 Questions” method which includes:
- What is my main problem?
- What do I need to do?
- Why is it important for me to do this?
Bring a pen and paper to write any answers down so that you have them to reference when you get home.
After Your Visit
You and your audiologist will likely cover a lot of information. If a question arises after your appointment or you need clarification on something, don’t be afraid to reach out to your audiologist afterward for help.
If you would like additional information or are ready to make your first appointment with an audiologist, call San Francisco Audiology today.