If you’ve realized that your hearing loss is impairing you social and professional life, then you probably have various concerns and questions to be answered. In that case you should schedule a visit at an Audiology clinic. An audiologist is the best person to help you.
But before you visit the audiology clinic for the first time to have you hearing checked and your questions answered, you should prepare yourself to ensure you feel comfortable and get the most out of your visit.
Do some research
Doing some research before you go to your appointment will help you get prepared. Learn more about hearing loss, its causes and treatments. This will allow you to become familiar with important terminology. Just remember to get information from reputable sources.
Right down all your questions
Making a list with your questions will avoid you from forgetting to mention one of your concerns or ask a question. Chances are that your audiologist probably had other patients with the exact concerns and will have ideas to fix your concern, such as using an amplified telephone so you don’t miss the details.
It’s pretty normal for patients to get nervous at a doctor’s appointment and end up in forgetting to ask important things. So keep a list of your questions on hand.
What to bring with you
- As mentioned above, a list of questions and concerns you may have to help you remember everything.
- A notebook and a pan to write down new information and terms you are not familiar with.
- Your insurance coverage card.
- If necessary, a referral request form.
- History from your primary care doctor, if you have any. There are some doctors that simply fax them to the audiologist.
- A list of all medicines you are taking
- A person with you (your spouse, a friend or family member) who might have different questions, and can also offer support or take notes for you.
What to expect from the Audiology clinic?
The clinic should count with experienced professionals and modern equipment and technology. Then the audiologist should ask you diverse questions such as how would you describe your symptoms, if you have a history of ear infections, ear trauma and so on. Then the professional should to the following tests to diagnose hearing loss:
- Physical exam – To look for possible causes of hearing loss and also for any structural causes of your hearing problem.
- General screening tests – Your doctor may ask you to cover one ear at time to find out how well you can hear.
- Tuning fork tests – To help your doctor detect hearing loss.
- Audiometer tests – You will be asked to wear earphones and hear sounds directed to one ear at time.
Once the tests are done and the audiologist have found the cause of your hearing problem, he/she will discuss with you the best treatment available.