Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

You're likely to first see your family doctor. Your primary care doctor might refer you to an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist, a hearing specialist (audiologist), or a nervous system specialist (neurologist).

Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment.

What you can do

When you make the appointment, ask if there's anything you need to do in advance, such as fasting before a test. Make a list of:

  • Your symptoms, especially those you have during an episode, how long they last and how often they occur
  • Key personal information, including major stresses, recent life changes and family medical history
  • All medications, vitamins or supplements you take, including the doses
  • Questions to ask your doctor

Take a family member or friend along, if possible, to help you remember the information you're given.

For Meniere's disease, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:

  • What's likely causing my symptoms?
  • What are other possible causes for my symptoms?
  • What tests do I need?
  • Is my condition likely temporary or chronic?
  • What's the best course of action?
  • What are the alternatives to the approach you're suggesting?
  • I have other health conditions. How can I best manage them together?
  • Are there restrictions I need to follow?
  • Should I see a specialist?
  • Are there brochures or other printed material I can have? What websites do you recommend?

Don't hesitate to ask other questions.

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor is likely to ask you several questions, such as:

  • When did your symptoms begin?
  • How often do your symptoms occur?
  • How severe are your symptoms and how long do they last?
  • What, if anything, seems to trigger your symptoms?
  • What, if anything, seems to improve your symptoms?
  • What, if anything, appears to worsen your symptoms?
  • Have you had ear problems before? Does anyone in your family have a history of inner ear problems?
Nov. 26, 2015