5 Key Questions to Ask Your Audiologist About Hearing LossPublished On: 17th February 2019
Last Updated On: 18th February 2019
Addressing potential hearing loss for the first time can be difficult. Therefore, it is always important to seek the advice and guidance of a professional hearing specialist. An audiologist will be able to help you find the best potential treatments for your needs. They will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have.
Here are five questions you may wish to ask your audiologist before starting your first consultations:
1. What is Causing My Hearing Loss?
Hearing loss can be attributed to any number of issues and factors.
- Growing older
- Being subjected to loud, prolonged noises
- Post-accident trauma
- A build-up of wax Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
It is the role of your audiologist to look for tell-tale signs as to what may be causing your hearing difficulties. Your audiologist, too, will ask you questions so that they can offer you a concrete diagnosis. Don’t ever be afraid to ask or answer questions!
2. Can My Hearing Loss Be Reversed?
Hearing loss, sadly, isn’t something which can be easily repaired. However, hearing aids can help sufferers to regain full use of their hearing through sensitive consultation and fittings with an audiologist. While a hearing specialist may not be able to say ‘yes’ to this question, they will be able to follow up with reliable options to help ease your situation.
An audiologist will be able to ascertain the extent of your hearing loss and will be able to help you find a comfortable long-term aid.
3. Which Hearing Aids Do You Recommend?
In some cases, audiologists may not recommend hearing aids at all. However, if it does appear that you will benefit from such technology, it’s worth asking your specialist for a guide to what’s available. If you need hearing aids, you will attend a fitting and consultation to find what’s best for you. Your audiologist will help you find a comfortable and functional fit.
The hearing aids an audiologist can and will recommend will be based entirely around your needs. Therefore, the most advanced aids available may not even be the best fit for you! It’s always worth attending consultations with an open mind.
4. How Much Do Hearing Aids Cost?
This is a common question most audiologists face! However, they won’t be able to give you a straight answer until you have undergone a full evaluation. Some hearing aids can cost more than $1000. However, many audiologists will have financing options available.
5. Can I Change My Mind?
Your audiologist should offer you the opportunity to try out your hearing aids. That means that you should be able to return to the clinic at a later date if you are struggling with the fit or functionality –or both. If your audiologist doesn’t offer you a return period outright, always ask.
Do ask, too, about warranty and guarantee applicability. You’re going to want to make sure you are covered!