Ever go into a store to buy one item and come out with 3 more items you had forgotten you needed? Sometimes going to see a doctor is similar in the case that one ache may be the main reason for the visit but then you remember that pain last week or a new concern. Most people are afraid to speak up about other ailments, worried to be a bother. My answer is “that is our job”. As audiologists, we mainly work with the ears, but we have specific knowledge about the nervous systems of the ears, face, and balance system. Recently, a patient was concerned about his ability to maintain his balance even though he was not dizzy. We were able to communicate his concerns to his family doctor and help him get connected with a physical therapist group. He is now walking with much more confidence, and he originally just came in to get his hearing checked. We also are closely knit with family physicians and ear-nose and throat physicians who can help find answers to your questions. So don’t be afraid to ask about a concern, even if it’s not related to the reason you went to the doctor’s office. You never know what else you might find.
Amy, Yes you are right. It is our job to be a part of helping to find the solution for each person that seeks our services. Well done!