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 Provider.
Additionally, there is a lot of information given at each appointment specific to your 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.