It is important that when you see your audiologist or other health care professional that you are aware that we are there for you and would like to support your needs the best we can.
Here are some tips to help you communicate with us:
Plan ahead: Make sure all your health care records are up to date. Think about all the questions you have had since your last appointment.
Write stuff down: Have your questions or concerns written down in a place easy to get to during your appointment. Leave space to write down the answers you receive later.
Be a team player: Remember to communicate clearly and politely. Expect the same from your audiologist or other health care professional. If something is unclear keep asking until you understand. You have every right to get all the information you need. Being open and honest with yourself is an essential part of communicating your needs appropriately.
Everyone is different: Some professionals will seem cool and distant, others will be warm and comforting. Learn about your care providers - who to rely on for what.
The best bet is you: You are the best person to look after your own interests. You need to be in control of your health and personal life goals. If you know what you want to do with your life, your audiologist or other health care providers can help direct you to the best treatment plans to meet your goals.
blogger: Sarah Helmel