Prepare for Your Doctor’s Visit
A little preparation before you leave home will help make sure you get all of the information you need at your next doctor appointment. Download a full toolkit, print it and fill out what you can — even your doctor will be impressed with how prepared you are!
What information should I bring?
Having information on hand when you arrive will help keep the appointment moving and help the doctor better evaluate your current symptoms.
- Names of medications, supplements and vitamins you are taking: Some can actually cause tinnitus and your doctor will be able to help identify those.
- Symptom diary: Write down your symptoms with as much detail as you can (sound, pitch, frequency) for at least a week before your visit – the longer, the better as this helps identify patterns. Try to record details about your diet, activities, environment and stress level as well, since these can all contribute to tinnitus.
- Medical history: Even if it’s on file at your doctor’s office, he or she may not be current on your history. It always helps to have it handy.
- Lipo-Flavonoid® product information: Some doctors have never heard of our product, so bringing a fact sheet with you will help them evaluate the ingredients and recommend if Lipo-Flavonoid is the right supplement for you to try.
What questions should I ask?
Being informed is the best first step in finding relief. If you have any questions that weren’t answered on our site or aren’t included in the list below, be sure to jot them down on your checklist.
- Could any of my medications be contributing to my tinnitus?
- How can I improve my ability to fall and stay asleep?
- How can I best explain my symptoms to my family and friends so they understand what is happening?
- Are you familiar with Lipo-Flavonoid products?
- Is there any reason I couldn’t take Lipo-Flavonoid to see if it helps alleviate my symptoms?
- Do you have any samples of Lipo-Flavonoid products?
- What steps can I take to minimize the ringing in my ears?
- Is there anything I can do to help prevent the ringing in my ears from getting worse?
What tests should I request?
While there is no one specific test used to diagnose tinnitus, there are several tests that could help eliminate other serious conditions that could be contributing to your ear ringing.
- Electrocochleography test: Records electrical activity in your inner ear
- Vestibular (balance) tests: Tests your balance to detect inner ear disturbances
- MRI: While not always necessary, this test can help rule out other serious inner ear conditions
- Audiological exam: Test that measures the your overall hearing health because tinnitus is so often caused by hearing loss
Now that you have a general idea of what you’ll need to prepare, get the full toolkit and take it with you so you don’t forget a thing.