Bring a Companion
For those of you who have a loved one with untreated hearing loss, it is important for you to be positive, supportive and committed to helping them improve their hearing. Those with supportive families are also more likely to become successful hearing aid users.
Here are four reasons why it is better to tackle the first hearing appointment as a team.
1. Solidarity and comfort
Although there is nothing painful or invasive about a hearing test, it can still be a nerve-wracking experience – especially anticipating the results. Having a loved one there can ease anxiety and help the person with hearing loss feel less alone.
2. Another point of view
It’s not uncommon for family members to notice hearing loss in a loved one before they notice it themselves. It is very possible that a person with untreated hearing loss does not even realize how much they are missing. Bringing a family member to the initial hearing test will give the Audiologist access to a different point of view, helping them to formulate the most accurate result possible.
3. Understanding the results
It can often be confusing to understand the results of medical tests and their implications – especially for people who have trouble hearing! That’s why it is a good idea for a friend or family member to be present who can take notes and ask the right questions if needed.
4. Shared responsibility
Sometimes it is hard to make an important medical decision by yourself. When it comes to investing in a pair of hearing aids it’s a good idea to tackle key decisions, such as what type to purchase and how much to spend, as a team.
It is also important that a family member is at the first appointment so they can be informed of their importance in their loved one’s journey to better hearing. Encouragement, a positive attitude, and the implementation of communication strategies by family members will ultimately result in greater satisfaction for everyone. It really requires a family effort to get the most out of hearing aids.