Why Bring a Family Member or Friend to My Hearing Test Appointment?
Having a family member or friend accompany you to your hearing test can be an invaluable resource, not just for your Audiologist or Hearing Instrument Specialist, but also for you.
A hearing test is a painless, non-invasive procedure that involves you being seated in a soundproof booth and pushing a button on a device, which tells your hearing healthcare practitioner when you hear any sound. Pretty easy.
Medical appointments, in general, can be overwhelming with a lot of information to take in. Your Audiologist or Hearing Instrument Specialist will discuss the results of your hearing test, any recommendations, and carry out any demonstrations for you to see what wearing hearing aids is like.
So, having a loved one at your hearing test appointment can help calm any butterflies in your stomach. They can also get a better understanding of some of the challenges involved with your hearing loss and learn communication strategies.
A familiar voice is important during your hearing evaluation.
At Hearing Solutions, our hearing health professionals may ask your family member or friend for assistance during a hearing aid demonstration.
Using your loved one’s voice in the demonstration will provide a more accurate assessment of the benefit of hearing instruments.
They know you better than we do
Let’s face it your family member or friend knows you better than your hearing healthcare practitioner. They have a better idea about your lifestyle, interests, and in which situations you may have hearing difficulties. They might be able to provide information or a perspective you either don’t remember or experience.
This information is vital for an Audiologist or Hearing Instrument Specialist and will assist them in making the best hearing aid technology recommendation for your hearing loss, based on your needs and lifestyle.
For instance, you may forget to mention that you’re an avid swimmer. If your hearing aid practitioner knows this, they can include a waterproof hearing aid as part of their recommendation.
Make an informed decision
If hearing aids are recommended, your hearing healthcare practitioner will discuss the type of hearing aid technology they feel is right for you and answer any of your questions.
Having a loved one with you means there will be another set of ears to help you take in this information. This will help you make a more informed decision about any investment in your hearing health and ensure that you have all the information you need to move forward.
At Hearing Solutions, we believe ‘two heads are better than one,’ whether it’s your first pair of hearing aids or your fifth!