Realizing that you are experiencing issues with hearing loss can be extremely difficult. If you find yourself in this situation, then you will likely need an appointment with an audiologist.

An audiologist can help you learn exactly what the issue is, how severe it is, and how you can care for your ears to prevent further damage. There are a variety of different ways in which they can achieve this, but the most important tool is a hearing test. This test will ascertain just how severe the deterioration of your hearing is, and provide a guide for the next steps to help rectify the problem.

If you want to get the most from your treatment, you’re going to need to be informed. Below are four questions that you should ask your audiologist, so try to keep these in mind.

Before your appointment

“What is involved in the appointment?”

Medical appointments can be extremely stressful, so you need to know beforehand what exactly is in store for you. The majority of audiologist appointments will involve an in-depth assessment of your hearing, but some clinicians may prefer an assessment appointment prior to this stage. Ensure that you know exactly what the appointment is for before you book.

During your appointment

“What is causing my hearing loss?”

Most of us associate hearing loss with the aging process– and it’s a fair assumption, given that this accounts for the vast majority of cases. However, there are exceptions to the rule. Illnesses, tumors, and other ENT conditions can also contribute to hearing loss.

You will need to know exactly what is causing your hearing loss, as the cause determines the treatment. If your audiologist suspects that an illness or other condition is to blame, they will refer you back to your doctor. If the hearing loss is caused by the aging process, then you will need to see a hearing instrument specialist to discuss hearing aids. Your audiologist will usually be able to make a recommendation for this.

“Is there anything I can do to prevent deterioration?”

An audiologist will be able to guide you on preventing further hearing loss. The recommendations are likely to be fairly basic, avoid loud and noise, for example. However, they will also be able to give you an idea as to whether a hearing aid will be a suitable device for you. Hearing aids can help you maintain the hearing you currently have but will also amplify the right sounds and noises.

At the end of your appointment

“When should I come back for a check-up?”

When hearing loss has been identified, you will need to return for an assessment in the future. This will help to identify if your hearing is getting worse, or if it has stabilized. Ask your audiologist when you should see them next before you leave the appointment.

If you remember to ask your audiologist all of the above, you can be confident you have all the information you need to make the most of your appointment.