Your family and friends are the people you interact with the most, so why not bring them along to your first audiology appointment? They can provide a second pair of ears and eyes to guarantee you get the most out of your appointment.
Most audiologists also encourage family-centered care and prefer to have family members attend the first appointment. Let’s explore the benefits of bringing along a loved one to your hearing test.
They provide support. It’s simply, but important and we all need someone to have our back, especially when we’re starting something new. If you’re nervous about your first hearing appointment, bringing along a friend or loved one may help soothe your nerves.
You’ll get another perspective. Your hearing loss may be more severe than you realize. If you’re turning up the volume on the TV or struggling to hear over the phone, your loved ones can provide specifics like those to your audiologist. This will help personalize your treatment plan to your exact hearing needs.
They can take notes. You’ll get a lot of information thrown at you during your first hearing test and appointment. Degree of hearing loss, treatment options, hearing aids, follow-up appointments, etc.
A friend or family member can write down information during the appointment and ask their own questions. You’ll remember more when you have notes to look back on and clarify any concerns at your follow-up appointments.
Your hearing loss affects your loved ones too. Family and friends can struggle with your hearing loss because they may want to help but don’t know what they can do. Taking a third party to your appointment means another person will learn how to work, troubleshoot, and maintain your hearing aids.
You won’t have to worry about adjusting to your hearing aids alone when a friend or family member knows how they operate. Treatment is much more effective when you include others and work as a team to improve your hearing.
We want you to have a good experience during your first hearing evaluation. You’ll receive personalized care, services, and products when you visit Hearing Associates. Call 888.760.2032 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.