Hearing loss affects not only the person having trouble with sounds – it can have a significant impact on family members as well.
Consider these ways having relatives at your appointment could prove beneficial to all parties.
Better insight into the problem
A relative can point out that you have increasingly been turning up the volume on the television, for example. You may not be conscious of this tendency, but knowing this information can help your audiologist assess what environments cause the most problems and adjust your treatment accordingly.
Maybe you’re missing more communication with your family than you realize. Your loved one can explain these difficulties to the audiologist, making it easier for them to do their job.
This dialogue can help you better hear the TV and conversations, your family being more comfortable while watching and communicating with you and your audiologist providing better service to you as a result of more fully understanding your hearing loss.
Medical appointments can seem overwhelming due to the amount of information provided. Having a family member there can help not only soothe your nerves, but help you retain the suggestions made for you by the audiologist.
A team approach to decisions
If you’re a candidate for hearing aids, a loved one can help you process the information provided by the hearing healthcare professional and help you decide which devices are right for you.