For over 26 years, we’ve been helping people improve the quality of their lives in Santa Rosa, Mendocino, Novato, Mill Valley and surrounding areas. Our Audiologists at Audiology Associates have a reputation for always having the latest digital hearing aids on the market today. We provide excellent service to our patients by diagnosing your hearing problem with hearing testing so we are able to provide you with the best hearing solution. If a hearing aid is needed, we will evaluate your hearing loss and lifestyle so we can provide you with the best hearing technology to suit your needs.
Why do I need to have a companion at my hearing appointment?
Since hearing loss usually occurs gradually over time, our brains get accustomed to hearing a certain way. Oftentimes, we can hear at a good volume, but the words are not clear. We assume people are mumbling. Our friends and family get frustrated and start telling us we are not hearing them. They are often the ones that suggest that we come in for an appointment. Therefore, when a patient does come in for the audiological evaluation, it is a crucial opportunity for a companion to express and communicate their experiences with the patient and the audiologist.
Additionally, there is a lot of information given at each appointment specific to your hearing care and treatment, and you or your companion might want to take notes during the appointment. Studies have shown that anybody under stress in a doctor’s office will struggle to hear, and interpret, everything that’s said. A companion can serve not just as a driver or cheerleader, but also as another set of eyes and ears. This is especially important for appointments that may be long and complicated, so plan to bring a friend, loved one or advocate with you to your appointment.