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Questions everyone should ask an audiologist

Questions everyone should ask an audiologist

If you are concerned that you may be experiencing some hearing loss symptoms, it may be time to book a visit with an audiologist. Before you go you probably have lots of questions racing around in your mind.

Now is a good time to write these questions down so that you can be sure not to miss anything when you get there. Being faced with the prospect of needing a hearing aid can be overwhelming so it can be helpful to have all the information to hand.

What could the problem be?

If you are worried about a specific symptom, do some research online or at the library to work out what you think it could potentially be. This may bring up some questions for you that you should write down to ask at your appointment.

Also make a note of any allergies and medication that you currently take as this could be relevant to your diagnosis.

How will it affect my daily life?

Think about how you spend your time each day. Having a hearing aid will change the way you watch movies, work, drive or listen to music. Let the audiologist know about what’s important to you as they may be able to tailor the device to your lifestyle.

What will I need to buy?

When you get a hearing aid there are other accessories that you will need to purchase too, so remember to ask about these. For instance there will most likely be a device to keep the hearing aid clean. Ask the audiologist to go through each item and show you exactly how to use it so that you don’t have to come back again later.

What are the options?

Hearing aids have come a long way and there are lots of special features and settings that you will be able to take advantage of – providing you remember to ask how to use them. For instance you can reduce the sound of wind noise when you are outdoors, or even use Bluetooth with it.

Can I take someone with me?

When going to your appointment it can be helpful to take a friend or relative with you. There is going to be a lot of new information to take in and you may be a little nervous too. Having a friendly face there with you may help you feel more at ease, and they may pick up some information that you missed.