Preparing for your hearing care appointment
Thank you for making an appointment with us. We are very much looking forward to seeing you.
Before we meet, it would be great if you could take a moment to read the information on this page. It includes some useful basic information about hearing care that will help you understand what we talk about when you come in. It will also put you in a good position to ask us anything you may be unsure about.
Hearing is extremely personal. No one hears the same way you do. For this reason, the more we know about you and the situations and sounds you most enjoy, the easier it will be for us to find the ideal solution. We will explain more about this when you come in.
If you have any questions at all before your appointment, please feel free to call or email.
Your first appointment
If you have never visited a hearing care professional you probably don’t know what to expect. A hearing consultation is an interesting and informative experience that will provide you with a better understanding of your hearing.
It is your first important step towards better life-long hearing.
Hearing loss is a perfectly normal part of life and virtually all of us will take this step at some point.
Most people find it helpful to bring a spouse, family member or friend to this visit. You will typically get more out of your visit if someone close to you can share in the experience. The hearing care professional can also benefit from learning about your hearing abilities from someone close to you.
Hearing with both ears
Your hearing is a system in which your ears receive sounds and your brain translates those sounds into meaning.
Your two ears work together to help your brain to orientate yourself and to know what is happening in the environment around you – helping you to safely cross the street or turn towards someone who is calling you.
Engaging both ears gives you the ability to locate where sound is coming from. This is what enables you to focus on the conversation you want to hear while suppressing unwanted sounds.
Hearing can be tiring
When you have a hearing loss, your ears lose the ability to pick up certain sounds. As a result, your brain has to work hard trying to “fill in the gaps” and guess what is being said. This is both frustrating and tiring.
The more detailed the sound information your brain receives, the easier it is to translate sounds into meaning – to separate voices from noises – so you can hear and understand what is being said. Without detailed sound information your brain will have to work much harder. This takes up more energy and will make you feel exhausted during the day.
To get the most out of your consultation, it’s worth spending a little time before your appointment thinking about how hearing affects your life. For example, the sort of challenges you are experiencing and how your life would improve if you could overcome them.
Please take a moment to review the following questions.
In which situations do you experience challenges with your hearing?
In which situations do you feel limited by your hearing?
What expectations do you have of your visit?
Which of the following applies?
I feel tired at the end of the day
I use a lot of energy when following conversations
I have difficulties hearing in traffi c – e.g. where cars are coming from