What to Ask Your Hearing Provider About Hearing Loss
Hearing loss in one or both ears is common, with one in eight people experiencing some type of hearing loss during their lifetime. The most common cause of hearing loss in adults is aging. For children, the most common cause is genetics – which hearing care provider will often diagnose at birth or soon after. The third most common cause of hearing loss is due to injury.
If you find yourself struggling to hear or experiencing a change in your current hearing ability, it is time to schedule an appointment with your hearing health professional.
Here are a few questions to get you started on learning about your hearing loss and treatment options.
Ask About Your Current Hearing Loss
Start your discussion with your hearing professional by identifying the severity of your hearing loss. To help with an accurate diagnosis of your hearing loss, provide your provider with a complete medical history, family history and significant events that may influence your diagnosis.
The first three questions you should ask are:
- What type of hearing loss do I have?
- How severe is my hearing loss?
- What caused my hearing loss?
These questions will give you a foundation for planning out any lifestyle changes or treatment necessary.
Ask About the Future of Your Hearing
Once you’ve established where you’re at with hearing loss, you can move forward to where you would like to be. The main question to ask your provider is if your hearing loss is permanent or temporary. Next, ask if your hearing loss is stable or will continue to decline.
Be sure to ask your hearing provider what you can do to protect your hearing in the future to reduce the risk of your hearing getting worse.
Protect Your Ears from Loud Noises
Hearing loud sounds for an extended period can result in hearing loss. This is why many hearing professionals recommend you avoid listening to loud music and wear ear protection when you’re around too much noise.
Ask about Your Treatment Options
Hearing loss isn’t always a permanent diagnosis. You can often treat it through lifestyle changes and time. Other times you may need to explore treatment options to help with either reversing your hearing loss or preventing further loss.