4 Questions to Ask Your Audiologist
During your visit to the audiologist, you’ll be asked a series of questions. Most of these will relate to your health and lifestyle, and the audiologist will use them to pinpoint what’s wrong with you. However, it’s highly likely you’ll have a few questions of your own that need answering. Don’t be afraid to ask them, as they’re usually welcomed by the audiologist.
In fact, there are certain questions you probably shouldn’t leave the appointment without asking. Here they are, now make sure you ask them:
Do I have hearing loss in both ears?
It’s important that you understand the severity of your hearing loss and if it affects both ears. What’s more, this question is crucial as it gives your audiologist a chance to explain the hearing loss in both ears, if you have it. They may tell you that one ear is experiencing a different type of hearing loss to the other. As such, this will change how each ear is treated.
Will my hearing get worse?
When you’ve been told that you have a hearing problem, it’s always helpful to know how bad it is and how bad it might be in the future. Some problems are permanent and will gradually get worse and worse even with treatment. Then, there are some that may be temporary and get better over time. So, by asking this question, you will know whether or not your hearing will get worse in the future.
Can you recommend a hearing aid for me?
The type of hearing loss you have is only one factor in deciding which hearing aid is best for you. The lifestyle you live is also a massive factor. If you ask your audiologist this question, they will point you in the direction of hearing aids that are designed for people like you. This should help you find a device that won’t interrupt your life and will allow you to carry on doing the things you love, every day.
How long will my hearing aids last?
Asking this question is smart as it gives the audiologist a chance to tell you how to make your hearing aids last longer. Normally, they’ll tell you your device will last for around three to five years. But, they’ll go on to say this is with regular maintenance, and should also provide you with several maintenance tips. As a result, you’ll know how to keep your hearing aid in the best condition possible, making them last longer and providing better value for money.
By asking all of these questions, you will get more out of your appointment with an audiologist. Hopefully, they should answer most of your questions during the consultation itself. But, if you still have anything left unanswered, don’t be afraid to voice your concerns. This will help you understand everything about your hearing problem, as well as what to expect from a hearing aid. Don’t worry if you forget to ask any of these questions, as you should have follow-up appointments where you can ask them then.