5 Important Questions to Ask Your Audiologist
It’s easy to feel intimidated or overwhelmed when you visit an audiologist for the first time. But what you need to know is that the audiologist wants to help and loves answering questions! So rather than feeling tongue-tied at the appointment, jot down a list of any questions or concerns you have about the appointment.
Not sure where to start? Check out the following list of five important questions to ask your audiologist and add any others you might have!
1. What type of hearing loss do you have?
When it comes to hearing loss, very few cases are exactly alike. With a variety of causes and conditions contributing to hearing loss, it’s important to get as much detail about what you’re dealing with personally. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the nature of your hearing loss and whether it’s permanent or temporary.
The audiologist can shed light on which frequencies or pitches of sound you struggle most with. For example, this can raise your awareness that you find women’s voices difficult to hear and take this into account when meeting people.
2. What happens if you don’t get a hearing aid and need one?
This valid question is an important one to get answered. As well as knowing what to expect in the future, it can put your mind at rest (one way or the other) about when is a good time to start wearing a hearing device.
3. What is the best hearing aid?
There is a wonderful array of different types of hearing device: From behind-the-ear styles to fully in the canal. Each type has advantages and disadvantages. The best hearing aid is the one that meets your lifestyle, budget and hearing needs. What may be considered the best hearing aid for one person may not be the best option for you. Your audiologist will work with you to find the best hearing aid for your needs.
4. What should you expect from your hearing aid?
When it comes to life with a hearing aid, there are a few things to expect when you first begin wearing one. Because you’ve been struggling with hearing loss, your brain has been working harder to hear sounds around you. Now that you have a hearing aid, it doesn’t have to work hard anymore. There will be an adjustment period of two to four weeks for you to get used to hearing all those small and subtle sounds again.
5. What happens next?
Last but not least, find out what happens next, such as when the next appointment is and what it will consist of.
Your appointment with an audiologist will be an exciting time for you and your hearing health. Your audiologist is there to help your hearing, so don’t hesitate to ask any questions about what’s going on.