Hearing loss is extremely common. Examinations of trends in hearing aid ownership show that participants 70 years and older who own and use hearing aids rose from 15% in 2011 to 18.5% in 2018. This widespread use of hearing aids can help inform and bolster you to take ownership of your unique journey.
One of the most important parts of this journey is forming a good relationship with your audiologist. Establishing a strong patient-audiologist relationship can help build better communication and care through tests and treatments.
Develop Frequent and Clear Communication
Finding an audiologist isn’t just about availability or reputation. Frequently it’s about the communication between the patient and the doctor. Follow these steps for clear communication:
- Ask questions. Hearing loss treatment is no time for uncertainty. Don’t hesitate to ask your audiologist if you have a question, no matter how small. Your hearing loss journey is unique to you, and a good audiologist wants to be a source of information. You deserve to be in the know at every step of your journey.
- Communicate your goals. Not verbalizing your goals can lead to disappointment or misunderstandings. Sharing your goals with your audiologist helps them set realistic expectations for you. A good time to share goals is during early hearing aid fitting discussions.
- Communicate your concerns. Everybody has concerns, and communicating them not only helps keep your audiologist in the know but helps prevent you from internalizing them. Concerns and problems don’t get smaller when we ignore them. Remember to share your concerns regarding treatment effectiveness, mental health and more.
- Listen to what your audiologist is saying. Frequently, when we have questions or points, we tend to neglect what is being said to us. Practice active listening during appointments and ask questions where appropriate—such as when a topic comes up or after your audiologist has explained something. Taking notes can help you pay attention and gives you a record of what you have gone over.
Have Regular Appointments with Your Audiologist
Hearing loss treatment is a journey. Attending scheduled appointments allows your audiologist to assess the effectiveness of your treatment and make any necessary tweaks or changes. With consistent care, you can go back to living your life and doing the things you love, like going out to dinner with your spouse or hanging out with friends at Brandywine Park.
To learn more, contact Wilmington Audiology Services today to schedule an appointment with an audiologist.