The “hearing aid team” includes the instrument expert and the client or patient. I had to partner with my audiologist. She could not do this job all by herself.
The many decisions that a hearing specialist makes for us rely on the information that we – the clients – provide. While technology is very important, it is the honest cooperation between the “team members” that will make the technology work to our advantage. As I found out, even personalities count.
Here’s the steps I took, and my advice for buying hearing aids:
Before the appointment, think of anything that can help the instrument expert chose the type of hearing aids that are best for you. Write it all down so that you don’t forget.
Here are some general ideas:
If you’re afraid that you might be overwhelmed, take a friend along to take notes and help listen. In fact, having friends or family join your appointment has been shown to result in higher satisfaction with the provided healthcare services and superior audiologic outcomes. For the family, they experience a greater awareness of the effect of hearing impairment, less third-party disability, and improved relationship quality.
Keep a diary! The first setting is generally not the final one. You must return for fine-tuning. This is when any specific information will greatly help your instrument specialist as he/she makes adjustments.
In the end…
Yes, buying hearing aids is indeed a team effort. So, think about your hearing needs, lifestyle and worries and do share them with your hearing specialist. Because, as the automobile tycoon Henry Ford once said: “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.”