Are you reluctant to ask your doctor questions? It’s a pretty natural tendency; we trust our doctors to answer all of our questions, even if we don’t ask them.

Unfortunately, not asking questions can leave us frustrated and as if the healthcare professional didn’t listen to our fears and concerns. But how can they listen if they aren’t made aware of all of the issues, concerns and fears you’re facing? By asking questions, you open up a very important dialogue with your physician, which can leave you feeling heard, cared for and at ease.

Asking questions and creating this dialogue is especially important when you visit an audiologist or other hearing healthcare professional. If you’re about to embark on your first audiology appointment, you likely have myriad questions to ask. Make sure to write them down ahead of time to assist you in remembering everything you are concerned about. If you can’t think of any, consider the following questions:

1. What occurs during the appointment?

Before the appointment starts, it is ok to ask what to expect. Understanding what’s going to happen can help ease the mind and provide a game plan for expectations. Have your audiologist walk you through the process of everything they are going to do. That way, no surprises and hopefully no confusion awaits you. If you do find yourself confused, ask for clarification.

2. Will my insurance cover this?

Most insurance companies do not cover hearing aids. As such, it is a good idea to ask your audiologist clinic what is covered by your insurance. Often times, they will be able to estimate what an insurance carrier will cover. If they don’t know, it’s a good idea to call your insurance provider ahead of time so you know what you’re getting into.

3. What do I need to do?

A well-prepared patient is a happy patient and one that is likely to have shorter appointments. So ask your audiologist, or a member of his staff, what, if anything, you need to bring your appointment, as well as what questions they need answers from you. A good appointment involves good, open communication flowing both ways.

Remember to jot down these questions and any others you may have before visiting your audiologist. Your audiologist wants to ensure you are comfortable and confident in their care; so don’t hesitate to discuss any questions or concerns with them.