Taking the first step to visiting a hearing aid audiologist can be a daunting task for many. As it may be your first time stepping foot inside their Hearing practice, naturally, you will be concerned about what will happen, what questions you need to ask, if you need to bring anything or even if you need to be there! Although a good hearing aid audiologist will ensure that most of your hearing concerns will be answered during your initial phone call, it is always a good idea to be as prepared as possible before the appointment.
Before the visit
Prior to your appointment, make notes on everything you are worried about and want to discuss with your audiologist. This will ensure that you do not forget something important during the consultation. It may also help to look up information before the appointment just to give you an idea of what kinds of things you would like to discuss.
While not necessary, it helps to bring someone with you to the appointment, like a close friend or family member, to help you ask questions or to write down any important information.
During the visit
During the visit with your audiologist, do not be afraid to ask lots of questions. The three main questions that all patients should ask are:
- What is my main problem?
- What do I need to do?
- Why is it important for me to do this?
By understanding exactly what the problem is, its treatment and how our solution offers you the RIGHT benefits to overcome your hearing healthcare needs is the most important outcome for you from the consultation process.
After the visit
After the visit with your audiologist, read over the notes you took and discuss them with family or friends. Ensure you have understood what you have been told and if you are unsure call the audiologist to clarify any points on uncertainty.
You may also want to speak with other individuals who have the same hearing problems that you have.
If you were not pleased with the appointment or the information given by any audiologist, it is always okay to seek a second opinion. More importantly, NEVER feel pressurised into making a decision on the day of your appointment! A good reputable hearing aid Audiologist should be comfortable knowing that the advice they have given you is accurate and 100% unbiased. If the audiologist is overly keen on ‘closing’ the sale then ask yourself WHY?, why are they keen to not allow you to walk out the door?, WHY are they so keen to allow you time to come to terms with your hearing loss at your pace?, WHY are they afraid to allow you time to do some more research?
Always allow yourself time to come to terms with the reality of your situation and the available treatments and when you are ready Galway Hearing Care will be here to guide you through every step of the way.
Once you are satisfied that you have all of the information you need, it’s time to move forward into getting the treatment you need. For some, this may mean going back to the audiologist for treatment. Others may need to see an ENT (ear, nose, and throat doctor) or a hearing aid specialist.