Whether you’re preparing to take your first hearing test or have had dozens over the years, the time you spend with your hearing care professional is precious, reserved just for you and your individual hearing needs. It’s important to make sure you get as much out of the visit as possible. Preparing adequately for your visit will ensure that you’re getting the most out of your time. A first important step is to think of your appointment as a conversation. Following your test and learning your results, your hearing specialist will map out steps for a successful journey towards better hearing—but your participation is critical. You’ll want to make sure that all your questions and concerns are being fully addressed.
Here are some simple steps to help you maximize your hearing appointment and help your hearing care provider decide which course of treatment is best for you:
1. Bring background information
2. Bring a list of your hearing concerns
3. Prepare a list of specific questions
How many times have you left a doctor’s appointment and realized you forgot to ask an important question? Writing your concerns down in advance will help ensure that your concerns are addressed.
4. Bring a friend or family member to your appointment
5. Do some research on your own
We hope you’re looking forward to your upcoming hearing test. Your hearing care professional will provide you with a variety of options, but having an idea about the improvements you’d like to see (and hear) will help prepare you for your most successful journey toward better hearing.