When you first visit a hearing professional, they will want to know more about your hearing situation and your everyday lifestyle. Make your appointment go smoothly by being prepared with some helpful information.
- Bring a relative or friend with you.Besides just being supportive, another person can give a professional a third person’s perspective on your hearing. Plus, they’ll be a good sounding board to discuss your results after the appointment.
- Know your medical and medication history.It’s important for a hearing care professional to know if you’ve had trouble hearing before, if you’ve had medical issues that relate to your ears, and if you’ve been in environments with heavy noise exposure.
Medication (past or present) is important too, as some drugs may cause hearing loss as a side effect. Called “ototoxic hearing loss,” this type of hearing loss may be temporary if medications are changed. Click here to link to a list of ototoxic drugs. Be sure to bring a list of your medications, especially noting any that appear on this list.
- Explain when and where hearing is difficult.People experience hearing loss very differently, so it’s important to share details about your individual situation. Think about hearing environments that are most difficult for you. Describe your typical day—this can be helpful for choosing the right hearing device.
Consider how you hear in the following specific environments:
Share your top concerns.
- At home
- In quiet
- Watching television
- Talking on the phone
- At the dinner table
- At work or an office
- At a restaurant
- At a social function (party, fund raiser, etc)
- At a movie, concert, or theater
Are you frustrated in certain situations? Nervous to try hearing instruments? Self-conscious about your hearing? Concerned about costs? Expressing these concerns openly can help a professional identify the best solution for you.Keep an open mind.
You might be surprised at what you learn—and the many possibilities available. This is a step to better hearing—and to a better life. Be prepared to embrace the changes ahead of you so you can enjoy the sounds of everyday life.