All About You! Episode 8
Welcome back to the All About Audiology podcast. I’m your host Dr. Lilach Saperstein and this is the All About YOU mini episode. In the last full episode, episode 7 we discussed what happens at an audiology appointment and what you can expect for your hearing test.
George from St. Paul, Minnesota commented,
“Very informative. I wish I had known this before my appointment.”
and Raj from Queens, New York wrote to me saying,
“When I took my mom for her appointment, I was totally lost. It was a long and harrowing experience for both of us. She has dementia and has good days and bad days. I think your advice about making a morning appointment would have been a good idea for her. I’ll keep that in mind for future appointments.”
“It totally calmed me down. Your podcast walked me through step by step what will happen. Listening to your podcast not only made me realize that the results of the test are partially affected by my anxiety and the time of day, I now know that I have the power to help myself succeed in making the results more accurate when I get my hearing tested.”
Thank you so much George, Raj and Grace for listening to the podcast and for sending me your responses.
Molly from Florida asked,
I have claustrophobia and I’m really scared to go because I don’t want to be in that small dark room. What do you suggest I do? I’m putting off the appointment because of this fear.
Great question Molly. There’s a few things I can say here.
1. Some booths are bigger than others. Look up online and see if there’s a few locations near you and give them a call to ask them about their set up. Some hospitals have bigger booths relatively than private practices, and also pediatric offices usually have more room in their booths to accommodate the children and their caregivers.
2. Meditation and grounding are amazing tools that I’ve personally used to deal with anxiety and high stress situations. It can be very helpful to focus on your breath, to remind yourself that you’re safe, to have some sort of anchor thought to carry you through the appointment. Of course, I don’t mean to minimize at all the debilitating sense of being claustrophobic but sometimes working on re-framing the experience can really help. Being in the room and the quiet and the solitude can actually be very soothing for some people. If you’re interested in this, I can share meditations with you, or even create a guided recording for you- I’ve done that before and it’s a tool that can be very powerful in a lot of different situations. Feel free to email me about this Molly, or anyone else who might be interested in this.
3. Advocate for yourself- tell the audiologist how you’re feeling and many times you can be accommodated. The door of the booth can be left open, and it will affect the low frequency results, where in some cases that’s not so crucial, especially if the office is not so busy or depending on the layout where the booth is and depends what kind of noise is around. You can absolutely ask for the lights to be turned on if they are dimmed. This is an excellent opportunity for you to become more assertive and advocate for yourself which is not easy but is really important.
Now, I also told you all about the conversation I had on the Raise a Legend Podcast with host Ray Fitzgerald. If you haven’t heard, head over to the show notes for this episode for a link, or visit the podcast page at raisealegend.com episode 19. Here’s a few responses that came in from that episode about our conversation where we talked about the different stages of auditory and language development throughout childhood and how to keep your kids’ ears clean and healthy.
“You are so full of knowledge, it flows out of you. I love how relatable you are. It’s clear that you really see your patients as whole people, with families, and lives outside of just their hearing problem.”
Wow, thanks Laure! That’s really kind of you to say. It really is my philosophy that you have to see the whole child, in their context, taking into account their skills, their abilities, their potential. Family structure and the kind of support they have is a huge part of each person’s journey in life. There’s the medical picture, the educational picture, all the different spheres of a child’s world, and hearing is one piece of that whole puzzle.
A student studying to become a speech therapist DM’d me on Instagram about the Raise A Legend podcast episode,
It was interesting to see the interaction between Ray and you. I loved the difference of structure. Your podcast is very educational and gives the building blocks and “micro”, information, details, stories and imagery to understand the fundamentals, but hearing the interview made me see it more of a global, overall, big picture thing. It allowed for a different view of how it all comes together. It was also entertaining to see you come alive in conversation. I enjoy following you along this journey. I especially liked that you mentioned speech language pathologists, because that’s what I’m studying to be. Hearing that my dream job is actually life-changing for people was exciting.
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Join us for the next episode which is all about your child’s audiology appointment, and what you can expect and the different parts of the hearing test as it involves children. So tune in next time! This has been the All about You episode 8. I’m Dr. Lilach Saperstein and this is the All About Audiology podcast.