Make the Most of your Hearing Test
The future of your hearing health hinges on a successful visit to the audiologist. By taking a proactive part in the appointment you not only help the audiologist to help you, but gain a better understanding of your hearing loss.
It helps to spend a little time prior to the visit reflecting on how hearing loss impacts your life, to give the audiologist pointers as to the best kind of device for you. In addition, write down any questions as they occur to you at home, as it is human nature for them to scatter out of your mind once at the audiologist’s office.
But now the hour of your appointment has arrived, so what can you do once you step through the clinic door in order to make the most of that hearing test?
#1: Take a friend with you
No matter what the circumstances at any one time we retain only a small percentage of information explained to us. Add the additional factor of struggling to hear, and it makes missing out on or misunderstanding a significant detail much more likely.
It is perfectly normal for a patient to take a friend or family member along to a hearing test and your audiologist will welcome the opportunity to have someone else listening to explain details at a later date.
#2: Tell the audiologist if you don’t understand
The audiologist does not want to patronize their patient, which can unfortunately mean that from time to time they use long words that you either don’t hear or don’t understand. Avoid the mistake of nodding to save face, even though you didn’t hear. The audiologist wants everything to be clear and would rather know when something is confusing.
#3: Pen and paper
Don’t be afraid to ask the audiologist to write down words or phrases that you didn’t hear. Not only does this help clarify what was said but a written record can jog your memory at a later date.
#4: Ask key questions
Some questions cut right down to the nub of the matter and should always be asked. This enables you to get a clear grasp of what the problem is and what you need to do about it.
The most important questions to ask are:
- What is the main issue with my hearing?
- How do we correct it?
- What happens if we do nothing?
Of course there may be other questions that are relevant to you, perhaps about maintain the device or cost, but the three above are a good solid starting point.
#5: How to contact the audiologist
Questions are bound to occur to you over the next few days. Before leaving the clinic ask the audiologist what is the best way to get hold of them, to answer those queries. Also, be clear when to return for a device fitting or the next hearing test. Remember, your audiologist wants to help.