After waiting weeks, months or even years to make an appointment with an expert to address your hearing loss, it is normal to feel nervous. We have put together this list of five things to expect from your first audiology visit to make you feel more at ease and to help you get the most from your appointment.
It’s Okay to be Unsure
Being nervous or unsure about your first appointment is completely normal. We strive to make sure every patient that walks through our doors is at ease and to create an environment where patients feel comfortable and safe to communicate freely.
Remember – you are doing this to better yourself and your loved ones.
New patients are required to complete a series of forms about their medical history and insurance information. These questions are important, as they can influence your audiologist’s treatment suggestions. In order to make sure you give yourself enough time to thoroughly complete these required forms, we recommend arriving to your visit at least 15 minutes early.
Bring a List of Medications
Your audiologist needs to know all the medications you are currently taking, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs. It is hard to remember all your medications on the fly, so experts recommend keeping an ongoing list of the drugs you are taking, including their dosage and frequency.
Family and Friends Are Welcome
Your first visit can be overwhelming. A friend or family member can provide both a calming presence as well as a second set of ears. Your audiologist will be sharing a lot of new information with you. While you may tune out after reaching information overload, your companion can help you remember questions you wanted to ask or key points you wanted to bring up.
Prepare for a Diagnosis
While you may know you have hearing loss, it can be overwhelming when presented with an official diagnosis.
Your audiologist will review your medical history, symptoms, challenging listening environments, lifestyle needs and hearing goals. Once they have this information, they can better tailor your diagnostic tests.
There are a series of hearing tests that may be required in order to determine your exact type and degree of hearing loss. You may be given any or all of the following tests:
- Pure tone testing
- Bone conduction testing
- Speech testing
- Acoustic reflex testing
- Otoacoustic emissions
Once your audiologist has diagnosed your hearing loss, they will begin working on a customized treatment plan to fit your unique needs. This may require additional follow-up visits, especially if a hearing aid is recommended.
To learn more about new patient visits or to schedule an appointment, contact the experts at Indiana Hearing Specialists.