3 Ways to Prepare for Your First Audiologist Appointment
Going to the audiologist for the first time can be quite a daunting experience, especially if you are already worried about the potential diagnosis. However, it is important to remember that your audiologist is always acting in your best interests and they will answer any and all questions you might have.
Audiologists are all used to communicating with people of limited hearing so please don’t worry about not being able to hear what they are saying. You can always ask your audiologist to speak louder, slower and more clearly.
To put your mind at ease, let’s look at three things you can do to prepare yourself.
1. Write all your worries and questions down
The unknown is always scary and that is usually what makes most people feel worried when they go to any medical appointment. Your audiologist will probably already have guessed that you are feeling nervous so when you arrive, they will be more than happy to answer your questions and put you at your ease.
To make sure that you remember everything you want to ask, you can write down your worries and questions on a piece of paper and then take that to your appointment. Your audiologist won’t hesitate to answer and if you have any questions that arise as the appointment goes on you should feel encouraged to ask.
If you are also worried about remembering the answers you’re given, you may also request that your audiologist writes down some key points for you to take home. Many people come out of appointments and completely forget what they have been doing because they have been so stressed so your audiologist won’t think any less of you for writing things down.
2. Make note of your symptoms and relevant medical information
Making a note of your symptoms is often the best way to present your audiologist with the problems you are experiencing. For example, if you are fine talking to people in a quiet location but you are avoiding the phone, this information could help paint a picture for your audiologist and assist in their diagnosis.
Similarly, you should also make a list of the medications you are on and whether you have experienced a similar problem before. This will also help your audiologist to understand your unique circumstances and what could be causing the problems you are experiencing. You may also wish to write down any information about family members who have experienced a similar issue.
3. Take a close friend or family member
You don’t have to attend your audiology appointment alone and if you are particularly concerned about understanding or communicating with your audiologist, you are well advised to take a close friend or family member with you. Having someone else in the room will give you a bit of moral support but they will also be able to fill in any gaps and ask questions that you may have forgotten about in the heat of the moment.
Your first audiology appointment may be daunting but you will soon find that there really wasn’t much to worry about at all.