Meeting with an audiologist

November 19, 2007 by OOAQ

Meeting with an audiologist

The consultation with an audiologist is done with respect. The audiologist starts by getting to know the patient. By conversing together, the audiologist can determine the nature of the person’s difficulties: does the person have hearing difficulties at work, or while listening to the television? Is it difficult to follow a conversation with several people or in a public place?

The audiologist evaluates the auditory difficulties and discomforts that the person is going through on a daily basis. After, he proceeds to the precise hearing evaluation. Depending on the case, he will submit the person to several tests, including the audiometric evaluation which permits to obtain, among other things, an audiogram.

From the results obtained, the audiologist examines, with the patient’s collaboration, ways to improve their situation. For example, he can suggest the use of assistive listening devices (headphones for the television, etc.) or the control of ambient noises. He can recommend that the person learns speech reading techniques and often will propose hearing aids.

Results: In a majority of cases, patients with hearing loss leave the meeting with the impression of having been heard and understood. In addition, they will have received the recommendations and tools adapted to their situation. This approach satisfies, not only the patient, but also reduces costs and time for everyone including the healthcare system.

The audiologist’s evaluation of the patient’s needs has for objective to:

  • Establish a complete portrait of the patient’s situation;
  • Get to know the person’s expectations and especially their fears;
  • Make recommendations related to the patient’s needs and motivational level;
  • Invest into more reasonable solutions by taking into account the person’s needs;
  • Direct the person towards the appropriate professionals or resources for their condition;
  • Inform the person and prevent future problems.

Solutions suggested by audiologists:

  • Put in place better strategies to optimise communication (do not all speak at the same time, give each person the opportunity to speak when it is their turn, etc);
  • Recommend hearing aids;
  • Suggest assistive listening devises (headphones for the television, an amplifier for the telephone, modifications to the home, etc.);
  • Take control of ambient noise (turn down the volume of the radio to converse with others) or suggest modifications to the environment;
  • Learn speech-reading;
  • Discuss hearing protection.
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