Wow! It’s 2019 – Happy New Year!
Hopefully you enjoyed the holidays with loved ones, and connected with family and friends - after all, these are the things that matter.
While you were indulging in that third cup of eggnog at the holiday party, did you happen to notice any difficulty hearing those around you? Could you clearly hear the music at the holiday band concert?
Should improving your hearing be on your list of resolutions for 2019?
If so, we know what you want: the best care possible, no surprises, and the highest value for your money.
At Manna Audiology, we believe our patients’ success comes from dialogue and thorough communication between you and your hearing care staff. Part of having the right conversation involves asking the right questions.
If you’re considering getting help with your hearing, we recommend it be from a licensed, Doctor of Audiology. Don’t waste your time or money with anything less.
In addition, while you’re at the appointment, there will come a moment where the doctor pushes his chair back, looks you in the eye and asks, “OK - what questions do you have for me?”
This is where the fun begins.
At your visit, here are 17 questions we recommend asking:
Given my type of hearing, how successful should I expect my results to be?
How do I know that these hearing instruments are helping me hear my very best?
What’s the verification that I’m hearing at an optimal level?
How will this treatment fit with my lifestyle?
Will I be able to enjoy music again?
Will I be able to use a telephone?
How much will my speech understanding improve?
Can I upgrade if the technology improves in future years?
What happens when I need maintenance or repairs?
Where can I find more information on what to expect?
What will happen if my hearing changes?
How will I know if my hearing changes?
How do I care for my device?
What assistive listening devices can help me?
How long will my device last?
How should I contact you with questions, and what would the response time be?
How much does this hearing treatment cost, and is it covered by insurance?
Important: if you DO NOT purchase a hearing aid from a Doctor of Audiology, or professional hearing center, there’s a very good chance the staff will not be able to answer many of these questions, which could cost you time, money and overall satisfaction.
Some closing thoughts
· If you have an upcoming visit with an audiologist and are curious about what to expect, visit our blog post here that explains everything you need to know about what to expect at your audiologist appointment.
· If you have visited one of the big box stores in Charlotte and were not pleased with the answers you received, you could really benefit from speaking with a Doctor of Audiologist.
Call our office at 704-321-4629, located conveniently just outside Charlotte in Matthews, NC, and we’ll be happy to discuss your options.
Question: what other questions would you add to our list?
About the Author:
Dr. Kurt D. Wright has been helping people hear better for over 20 years. He is the founding audiologist at Manna Audiology Hearing Center, a hearing clinic which services Charlotte, North Carolina and metro area. He earned his Doctor of Audiology Degree (Au.D.) from Salus University in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania and a Master’s degree in Augiology from Kent State University. He has a bachelor’s degree from Olivet Nazarene University in Kankakee, Illinois. Dr. Wright is a member of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) as well as a Fellow of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA). The Audiological Resource Association (ARA) honored him as the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Audiologist Award.
Dr. Wright has a passion for helping each Charlotte area patient achieve the best hearing possible.