Treating Hearing Loss
If you have already scheduled an appointment for your first hearing aid fitting, the next step is to prepare.
The more information you provide regarding your medical history, hearing concerns, lifestyle, and other unique needs, the easier it will be for a hearing care professional to help you choose and be fitted for the best possible hearing aids. The following is a checklist to help you prepare for your appointment, so you can make the most out of your initial fitting:
- Read up as much as possible on state-of-the-art hearing aid options. Jot down notes to bring, along with brochures, magazine articles, or newspaper clippings about any hearing aids or features that interest you.
- Bring in the proper documentation to complete any forms you receive while in the waiting room. We suggest the following:
- Insurance card(s)
- Driver’s license
- Social security card or number (if not memorized)
- Emergency contact name and phone number
- List of any medications you are currently taking
- List of any surgeries, major illness treatments (e.g., chemotherapy), and current medical conditions (e.g.,diabetes), along with dates of occurrence/onset and duration
- List of known allergies to medications, foods, or materials (e.g., latex)
- If you are a veteran, bring your discharge papers or other evidence of veteran status. If you are getting your hearing aids from a VA hospital or clinic, contact them in advance to find out if there is anything else specific you should bring along.
- Know the name and relationship of the person who referred you to the hearing care professional. This may be your personal physician, otolaryngologist, audiologist, friend, or family member.
- If you have seen another doctor or specialist regarding your hearing loss previously, bring along any report or write-up from this visit, including audiogram results. Alternately, have their contact information available.
- A list of any questions or concerns you may have. It is easy to become distracted during an actual appointment and forget what you wanted to ask.
- Ideally, you should bring a trusted friend or family member to provide additional input and support during your fitting.
Schedule an appointment with a hearing care professional now
If you haven’t already done so, use our online locator to schedule a no-obligation appointment with a hearing care professional now. If you have any questions or concerns about preparing for your fitting, contact your hearing care professional ahead of your scheduled appointment. Coming in prepared will save time and aggravation, as well as help ensure you receive the best hearing aids for your unique needs.