Talking to Your Healthcare Provider About Hearing Loss
by Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
You have your own health history. Talk with your doctor about your risk factors and background with hearing loss. By talking openly and often with your doctor, you can make the best choices for you and your family.
Tips for Getting Information
Here are some tips that will make it simpler for you to talk to your doctor:
Tips for the Appointment
Specific Questions to Ask Your Healthcare Provider
About Your Hearing Loss
About Your Risk of Getting Hearing Loss
About Treatment Options
About Lifestyle Habits
About Your Outlook
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Last reviewed September 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Daniel A. Ostrovsky, MD
Last Updated: 06/05/2020