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How To Prepare For Your Appointment With An Audiologist

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Hearing loss can have a significant impact on your life, limiting your ability to hear and communicate with others, as well as your ability to participate in your favorite activities. Although it may not sound like a major step, scheduling an appointment with an audiologist is the first step toward regaining your hearing capacity, whether by hearing aids or earwax removal. 

Your audiologist shares your desire to take positive measures toward treating your hearing loss and providing you with the best possible hearing experience. You may be wondering what you can do to prepare for your appointment with your audiologist to get the best out of the experience once you've made the appointment, and if you are, you'll find these tips helpful.

Bring your medical records with you

Hearing loss can be caused by underlying conditions such as heart disease, so the medical record can be particularly helpful in these cases. Your audiologist will benefit from seeing your medical records because he or she will be able to use the details to assess your hearing loss, enabling you to begin treatment as soon as possible.

Make a list of your prescriptions

Hearing loss may occur as a side effect of some drugs, such as anxiety medications. While your medical record should include a list of your current and past medications, it's a good idea to bring your own list with you, especially if you're self-medicating with an over-the-counter prescription.

Find out where you have the most trouble

Take the time to consider where your hearing loss is occurring. Are you having trouble understanding conversations or turning up the volume on your television higher than usual? This will assist the audiologist in devising a more effective cure for your hearing loss. Don't stress if you're not sure exactly what the issue is. Your audiologist will consult with you to determine the source of your hearing loss.

Your lifestyle and hobbies

Hearing loss can radically alter how you live your life, particularly if you enjoy music, singing, playing an instrument, or even swimming regularly. Hearing loss could affect all of these (and more; these are just a few examples), and, understandably, you don't want to give them up. Your audiologist will suggest treatment options that will encourage you to keep doing what you enjoy. Not only that, but the audiologist will work with you to protect the hearing you have left by learning about your hobbies and lifestyle.

Write down your questions

It's perfectly natural to be worried and concerned. Hearing loss, after all, can be distressing, particularly if it occurs suddenly. Create a list of any issues, fears, or concerns you have so you can discuss them with your audiologist. They will be able to clearly clarify why you are experiencing hearing loss and provide you with a variety of options to consider. If you're worried about how your hearing loss may affect your relationships in the future, your audiologist will be able to make some suggestions for both you and your loved ones to follow to help keep communication open.

Conduct research into the various treatments available

Before seeing an audiologist, do some research on your hearing loss to better understand what to expect. There's nothing wrong with looking at different hearing aids or ways to clear out the ear if it's been blocked by an obstacle or earwax. Knowing what type of hearing aid you want - if you should need one - helps you to discuss your desired result with your audiologist. Depending on the degree of your hearing loss, you will have some flexibility in selecting the type of hearing aid that is most suitable for you. 

Bring a friend or family member

Finally, taking a loved one to your audiology appointment will not only provide emotional support if you're anxious, but it will also provide you with an extra pair of ears to listen to details. You could be given ambiguous details about your choices and diagnosis, and having a loved one there to help you process it can be highly beneficial. Audiologists advise patients to bring a friend or family member to the appointment for moral support.

Whether or not you prepare for your audiologist appointment, your audiologist will be able to help you find out what's causing your hearing loss. Call Atlantic Audiology at (401) 262-0170 for more information and advice.