My first task as Editor of FindHearing on HHTM is a series of posts describing why people with hearing loss should care about person-centered care and what they should look for when seeking an audiologist who practices this form of high-quality care. Today’s post asks: Is Your Audiologist Including YOU in Your Care? The answer should be a resounding “Yes.”
An excerpt is below. Read the full post on FindHearing on HHTM.
Why It is Important to Find an Audiologist That Partners with You
No matter the circumstances, emotional impact, coping mechanisms and types of support networks we have, hearing loss impacts us all in unique ways. A one-size-fits all approach will not work. Your audiologist must take the time to understand YOUR hearing loss journey. This not only shows compassion and respect for your experiences, it will help them learn critical details about your lifestyle and hearing goals.
Audiologists have a deep knowledge of hearing science and technology solutions, but we are the experts in our own hearing challenges. The combination creates a broad base of knowledge from which to attack our communication problems. Without our input, successful solutions will be harder to find. Your role is important too.
What Should You Look For?
We all bring our own challenges, skills and life circumstances to each appointment. The best audiologists will take these into account as part of your assessment and when formulating their communication and technology recommendations. Here is what to look for to make sure this is happening at your next visit.
Does your audiologist ask for your input?
The best audiologists will have you prepare for your first appointment by filling out a questionnaire to identify your most challenging communication problems and the top three situations where you desire improvement. If they don’t ask you, how will they know where you require help?