Why It’s Helpful to Bring Someone to Your Hearing Screening
If you suspect having hearing loss and have scheduled a hearing test, you might be surprised to find that professionals recommend bringing a family member or friend to your appointment. There are many reasons why visiting a hearing clinic with someone close to you is beneficial.
Below are some reasons why having a friend or family member at your hearing test appointment is valuable:
1. Knows You on Personal Level
Hearing loss is not an individual problem. It has a direct effect on those close to you. During your first appointment, the hearing specialist will want to know your subjective feelings about the state of your hearing, and may ask you “How is your hearing?”, “When did you notice your hearing start getting worse?” and “What are your biggest challenges?”, among others. Since the onset of hearing loss is usually very gradual and may take years to develop, many patients are less aware of it than the people around them who interact with them daily. People often will downplay their hearing loss symptoms to appear as if nothing is wrong. Here, your close friend, partner, or family member will be of great assistance. They may know the extent of your hearing issues better than anyone else. They can provide valuable information to the hearing specialist.
2. Provide a Second Perspective
Hearing aids are available with multiple options and accessories. The continuously advancing technology has resulted in hearing aids with advanced features, including those that allow the aids to complement other digital devices in your life. Various technological accessories can boost your quality of life to make the hearing aids enjoyable to use. That said, bringing in someone who spends time with you and understands your lifestyle makes it easy for the audiologist and hearing instrument specialist in the hearing clinic to customize your treatment plan.
3. Help Remember and Relay Information Given During the Screening
There may be a lot of information discussed during an audiological hearing test. From a description of your audiogram, type and degree of your hearing loss, to hearing aid and accessory options that will best suit your hearing loss and lifestyle.
This can be a lot to take in at the same time, which is why bringing a family member with you is beneficial. They will receive helpful information, may contribute to your case history, and be able to relay anything you’ve missed back to you once you leave the clinic.
Book Your Hearing Test with Bravo Hearing
If you suspect having hearing loss and have scheduled a hearing test, we recommend bringing a family member or friend to your appointment. As mentioned above, there are many reasons why visiting a hearing clinic with someone close to you is beneficial. Please contact us to schedule an appointment or call us at 647-694-4626 today.