Coming in? Bring a friend!

5 Reasons to Have a Companion at Your Next Checkup

Should you bring a friend to your hearing care appointment? You bet! Whether it’s your significant other, a sibling, an adult child, a close friend, or another relation, we encourage companions at appointments, and the research backs us up.

In one survey of 439 adults with diabetes or heart failure and 88 physicians, nearly 80 percent of patients reported being more likely to understand the doctor’s advice when companions were involved in the medical visit. In addition, 44 percent reported being more likely to discuss difficult subjects.

When it comes to hearing care, bringing a companion can help you in some important ways:

  1. Emotional Support

    Just 16 percent of Americans ages 20 to 69 who could benefit from hearing aids use them, per the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. A companion can encourage you and cheer you on as you take an important step toward better hearing.

  2. Extra Perspective

    Companions can provide a unique perspective on how you’re experiencing hearing or lack thereof in your typical environments, explained Audigy senior professional development manager Jesse Tervooren in a recent webcast. “Having that extra perspective from someone who is with the patient in a lot of their everyday listening situations can really help shed light on what some of those challenges might be.”

  3. Enhanced Understanding

    A 60- to 90-minute appointment can cover quite a lot of information, notes Tervooren. A companion can ask questions that hadn’t been considered, help with note-taking and later recall of key information, assist with translation if the doctor doesn’t speak your primary language, and later remind you about follow-up activities and instructions related to your care.

  4. Deeper Awareness

    You may not realize the impact of your potential hearing loss on your loved ones, and they might not realize how it affects you. Your companion’s presence can strengthen his or her awareness and ability to advocate on your behalf as you handle critical hearing care decisions.

  5. Technology Testing

    Listening to your companion’s familiar voice while exploring new hearing aids can help you give pertinent feedback to the provider who’s adjusting the devices for your specific needs.

Did you know?

When you bring a companion, you’re in good company. In a 2011-published analysis of studies exploring patient accompaniment, over a third “of adult patients were found to be accompanied to routine medical visits by a family companion, most commonly by a spouse or adult child.”


Regular hearing checkups are crucial for your overall health, and having a companion with you can be a big help. The next time you’re coming in, consider bringing a friend!

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