Top 5 Questions to Ask an Audiologist
When you or a family member start to notice signs of hearing loss in your behavior – difficulty having conversations and hearing in noisy situations, asking people to repeat themselves, turning the television volume up – you’ll have many questions. Most of these questions should be directed to the hearing healthcare professional most qualified to answer them: an audiologist. As you start the conversation with an audiologist, here are the top five questions you will want to cover.
- What does the hearing exam involve?
Although the audiologist will give you more specific details based on their individual process and your suspected hearing condition, most exams consist of three parts: gathering background and medical history, administering a physical exam of the ear structures, and conducting a series of hearing tests. These three components work together to ensure your audiologist has the most accurate information to accurately diagnose and effectively treat your hearing loss.
- What is the condition of my hearing?
Whether you have tinnitus, age-related hearing loss, a genetic condition or another hearing-related problem, the audiologist will be able to give you details such as how it generally happens, where your hearing abilities and losses lie, and whether your particular case is likely to get worse rapidly or over time.
- What are the options for treating hearing loss?
One of the best aspects of seeing an audiologist about your hearing loss is the comprehensive treatment they’ll provide. After all, that’s what you’re in for – to find an answer for your hearing difficulties. An audiologist will never force you to get a particular type of hearing aid or assistive device, but they will explain what your options are and help you weigh the pros and cons of each. Your particular treatment may include a combination of surgery, hearing aid fittings, therapy and medication. Be open to hearing what your audiologist recommends. They want to help you hear better as much as you want to!
- How can I prevent further hearing loss?
It’s important not to neglect learning how to prevent further unnecessary damage to your hearing. In answer to this question, you’ll receive advice that ranges from simply turning down the volume on electronics to specific actions catered to your type of hearing loss.
- How can my family help?
Hearing loss doesn’t just affect you; it affects those who interact with you on a regular basis and influence your environment. Learning how your family members can play a part in helping you maximize your hearing, communicate efficiently, and prevent further hearing loss takes hearing health beyond the limited office time and into everyday life.
Contact an audiologist and set up an appointment to get the answer to these questions about your unique hearing condition today.