It can be frightening to see your hearing loss is having a profound effect on your life, work, safety, independence and relationships. Visiting a hearing care facility can seem ominous. However, if you go prepared for the visit, it will go off smoothly.
Here are some tips to help you prepare for your first visit to the audiologist.
It is best to do some research before you go to meet the doctor for the first time. This is even recommended by the American Speech Language Hearing Association. Educate yourself on hearing loss, the causes of the loss, ways to treat the loss and what measures you can adopt to prevent the rest of your hearing. This will make you familiar with the jargon. Just make sure your research is focused on authority and trustworthy sites.
Prepare a List of Questions
You will have many things on your mind when you visit the specialist. You are bound to forget something. To prevent this from happening, create a written list of questions to ask the doctor. Any and everything that worries you should be put on that list. The specialist will be able to address those concerns by offering suggestions and solutions. Remember, when you let your healthcare provider know what is your concerns, he will be able to provide you with the best possible care.
Things to Take to the Appointment
There will be a list of things that you should carry when going to the audiologist’s office for the first time. These include the following:
- Notes and observations from your primary healthcare provider. Sometimes, your healthcare provider may directly send these to the audiologist you are seeing in advance.
- Your insurance card, so that you don’t have to worry about paying for the consultation from your own pocket.
- A writing pad and pen to jot down any new information the specialist gives you and to write down new terms and words to ask the specialist what they mean.
- A list of all medications – prescription and OTC – that you are currently taking.
- A family member or trusted friend to offer you support or ask a question that you may not have bothered jotting down.
- Finally, your list of questions that you want to ask the specialist.
Hearing loss is a great loss and it is natural you will be worried and anxious about the treatment and solution for the loss. Thankfully, medical science has developed and advanced tremendously in modern times to offer solutions to every possible health problem. Once you visit the audiologist, you will feel better and you will not find your hearing loss such a handicap.