You’ve decided to see a professional about your hearing. Perhaps you’ve grown tired of missing out on what’s going on around and you’re noticing an impact on your life. Or maybe your loved ones have talked you into the appointment because they’re tired of repeating themselves. No matter why you’ve decided to go to a hearing clinic, you’re probably wondering what you should expect on your first visit.
1. Leading Up
You want to get a good first impression from your telephone conversation when you call to book the appointment. They might ask you some questions that will help them determine what kind of appointment you need. They may ask what kind of difficulties you’re having, if you have been to a hearing test before, or if there is someone you can bring with you to your appointment.
2. Upon Arrival
When you get to the clinic, you should feel comfortable. A friendly greeting, a nice atmosphere, and helpful staff should make you feel welcome. There will likely be an intake form that they will use to gather some information for the appointment like health history and some basic medical questions. This will help the hearing care practitioner know more about you before you even get into the exam room. Overall, you can expect the first appointment to take about an hour.
3. Consultation Interview
The practitioner should do a hearing health assessment and ask about your concerns and medical history. He or she will ask questions about your lifestyle and learn about specific scenarios where you’d like to improve your hearing ability. This is where a companion can help, especially if he or she knows what you’ve been going through with your hearing.
Your practitioner will perform a physical examination of your ears, to see if there are any issues that could affect your hearing, like compacted ear wax or an infection.
5. Diagnostic Evaluation
This part involves you getting into a sound booth where you will have your hearing tested. This will show if you are experiencing hearing gaps or hearing loss. After the test, your practitioner will explain your results so that you fully understand and how your results relate to the situations which you might have previously identified as problematic.
6. Treatment Solutions
Your hearing care practitioner will have some recommendations to give you based on your results. He or she should offer an explanation of why those options are recommended and explain what your choices are going forward. This is another time during the process when it’s good to have a companion with you; to act as a back-up set of ears, to remember information, and to help you consider which option(s) might work best for what you need.
Throughout the whole process, the protocols and procedures at each clinic may be different but we have discussed the basic factors that should be taken into consideration when you choose what clinic and practitioner you want to treat your hearing loss.
Your hearing is a major element in your sense of wellness and health. It plays a huge role in your safety, relationships, social activities, work functions, and your overall quality of life.
Make sure you’re comfortable with and confident in the abilities of the practitioner who will be providing your hearing healthcare. If you don’t have a good experience at the clinic and the support you are offered, there’s no point in continuing the appointment even if the technology is the most up-to-date.