Helping people hear is knowing how to listen. A good hearing care professional will work to understand your individual needs and make recommendations based on them. That’s person-centered care. Learn what you can do to help your provider so they can help you better manage your hearing loss.
"The more you reveal about your personal challenges, the more information your audiologist will have when planning possible solutions."
Read Shari's seven ways to take part in your treatment and form a partnerships with your audiologist.
"My audiologist made me feel human, and normal. She explained why I struggled and understood why I couldn't do some things. She showed empathy. She had my back."
Read Karin's story about overcoming her embarrassment of hearing loss.
"She didn't give up. And that was everything. Someone was still trying to help me. I knew there was something wrong, and she just listened."
For Fay, hope came because her audiologist took the time to listen.
"As this audiologist got to know me, he also realized how into technology I was. These days I’ve got everything from remote controls, Bluetooth technology, audio jacks...I can’t live without them now."
Nick shares how his audiologist helped him rethink his hearing aids to find a solution that fits his lifestyle.
"I became a lot more confident, and not so embarrassed about being hard of hearing. The more you talk about it, the easier it becomes."
Hear Nicky's story about how she went from trying to hide her hearing loss to being open about it.
"Years ago, I realized that I too have responsibilities in the process towards better communication."
Read what Gael has learned about patient-audiologist relationships after 40 years of experience living with hearing loss.