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Questions to ask your audiologist

If you or a loved one are living with hearing loss, getting the best results from treatment is key to maintaining quality of life. One of the most important steps you can take is to make the most of hearing appointments. Knowing what questions to ask can ensure that you get the answers you need to make informed decisions - and receive the most effective treatment for your needs.

To better prepare for your next hearing appointment, make a list of questions or concerns you may have, using the questions below as a general guide.

What type of hearing loss do I have and will it get worse?

There are three different types of hearing loss. Understanding which type you have will determine the type of treatment you need as well as how to best protect your hearing.

Is my current treatment the best option for my lifestyle and type of hearing loss?

Make a list of your activities and bring them to your appointment - from work to social to recreational - so your doctor can recommend the best hearing device and treatment for your individual needs.

Is my hearing loss the same in both ears?

The hearing in one ear may be better than it is in the other. Depending on the severity of hearing loss, you may only need a hearing aid in one ear, although in general it's easier for the brain to interpret sound with amplification in both ears.

How can I improve the comfort and performance of my hearing devices?

Your hearing aids might take a few adjustments to help you hear your best. Your doctor should also be able to tell you how to care for your hearing aids to maximize performance and life span.

Can you offer tips for communicating more effectively with friends and family?

Ask your hearing provider for tips and suggestions to help compensate for hearing loss, such as turning down background noise and facing others while speaking.

Are there any precautions I should take in my daily activities?

Ask your doctor about any precautions you should be taking, like driving, for example.

Which hearing aid features do I need and which can I do without?

Ensure that your treatment and recommendations are suited for your individual needs.

Being prepared for your appointment with a list of questions - and providing information about your lifestyle - can help your hearing provider make the best recommendations for you to live life to the fullest with hearing loss. Keep in mind that your CareCredit card is accepted to finance hearing care needs ranging from preventive check-ups to hearing devices. Use the Provider Locator to find an audiologist near you who accepts CareCredit.

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Sources:
 '10 Questions to Ask Your Hearing Healthcare Professional,' Debbie Classon, Healthy Hearing, Sept. 22, 2015, https://www.healthyhearing.com/report/52530-10-questions-to-ask-your-hearing-healthcare-professional, accessed Dec. 14, 2017  
'Severe Hearing Loss: Questions for Your Doctor,' reviewed by Shelley A. Borgia, CCCA  WebMD, Oct. 17, 2016, https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/hearing-loss-questions#1, accessed Jan. 5, 2017

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