3. Ask about anything you do not understand. Patients should speak up and ask the physician or audiologist to explain any industry terms or phrases they do not understand. Treatments, medicines, equipment, hearing aids and other options can be confusing, so it can be helpful for the patient to reiterate what the provider has said to make sure they understand. Individuals also can find out how best to contact the provider with additional questions that arise later.
4. Follow up. After the initial appointment, individuals should review their notes, and if a family member or friend came to the appointment, review information with them to make sure they have the same understanding. Depending on the information shared in the appointment, patients can conduct their own research to learn more about their problem or possible treatment. Books, magazines and the Internet can be helpful. Many people find it beneficial to seek a second opinion with an audiologist or otolaryngologist.
5. Follow through. If the patient understands and agrees to the suggestions the professional has offered, it is important to follow through and act on these to see improvement.
For many people, springtime brings the joys of hearing birds singing and children playing. But for those experiencing hearing loss, the season can be less bright. “For individuals with severe hearing loss, more help than ever is available today,” says Kasic. “ENT physicians and audiologists have tremendous tools to help.”
Sophono, Inc. (http://www.sophono.com)
Sophono, Inc., is a medical device manufacturer specializing in abutment-free, implantable, bone conduction hearing systems. The company’s products are designed for individuals suffering from severe to profound heari
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