Talking to Your Healthcare Provider About Hearing Loss
by Laurie B. Rosenblum, MPH
You have a unique medical history. Therefore, it is essential to talk with your doctor or healthcare provider about your personal risk factors and/or experience with hearing loss. By talking openly and regularly with your healthcare provider, you can take an active role in your care.
General Tips for Gathering Information
Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your healthcare provider:
General Tips for Communicating to Accommodate Your Hearing Loss
Specific Questions to Ask Your Healthcare Provider
About Your Hearing Loss
About Your Risk of Developing Hearing Loss
About Treatment Options
About Lifestyle Changes
About Your Outlook
Deaf or hard-of-hearing: tips for working with your doctor. Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: https://familydoctor.org/deaf-or-hard-of-hearing-tips-for-working-with-your-doctor. Updated May 2014. Accessed August 17, 2017.
Hearing loss and older adults. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) website. Available at: https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/hearing-loss-older-adults. Updated June 3, 2016. Accessed August 17, 2017.
Last reviewed September 2017 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Michael Woods, MD, FAAP
Last Updated: 11/8/2017
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