Preparing For Your Hearing Test

woman wearing audiometry headphones while in a hearing test.

You’re a pretty busy person, so it’s reasonable that you completely forgot about the hearing test you have scheduled. Thankfully, you just received that reminder text from the clinic, and you still have time to prepare. So… what should you do?

While it might not require an all-night study session like in your scholastic days, a bit of preparation can make a significant difference in maximizing the benefits of your appointment.

7 steps to get ready for your hearing exam

In order to be totally ready, use these 7 steps:

Take note of your symptoms

For every individual across various situations, hearing loss manifests differently. Take some time to write down when you notice your hearing challenges the most. Are there certain times when you have a difficult time hearing the television, for example? When you’re in crowded settings like restaurants, is it difficult for you to follow conversations? Write down these situations, along with the time and date, to supply your hearing specialist with useful insights into your hearing challenges.

Hearing aids can be really helpful

Understanding the landscape of hearing aids can empower you to make informed decisions during your appointment. Research different types of hearing aids, their features, and how they will work with your preferences and lifestyle. When you are better informed, we will have an easier time discussing your options and tailoring our recommendations to your specific needs.

Evaluate your medical history

Share the comprehensive overview of your medical history that you previously compiled. Include details like past surgeries, current medications, noteworthy illnesses or diseases, and any existing medical devices you utilize. This holistic picture of your health can help in pinpointing potential factors contributing to your hearing loss and guide individualized treatment suggestions.

Safeguard your ears

In the days leading up to your hearing test, take proactive measures to safeguard your hearing from loud noises. Steer clear of things like construction sites and rock concerts where the noise levels are particularly high because exposure can skew the results of your test. By protecting your hearing before the test, you help ensure the accuracy of the results and obtain a clear comprehension of your hearing health.

Check your insurance coverage

Check to see if your insurance covers hearing services. By getting a heads-up on your coverage, you will be better able to answer any associated questions and avoid surprise expenses. If you’re unsure about your coverage, think about contacting your insurance provider or consulting with your hearing specialist for clarification.

Have a friend accompany you

You can go to your appointment alone but if you bring a friend it can be really helpful. Bringing someone with you can provide extra support and perspective whether it’s a friend, family member, or caregiver. They can help recall important information discussed during the appointment and offer insights into your hearing experiences that you might not have noted yourself.

Expect results discussion

Usually, you will get the results of a hearing exam the same day, unlike lots of other medical exams. Be prepared for an in-depth discussion when you receive the results of your exam on the same day. We may recommend solutions such as hearing protection strategies, lifestyle changes, or the potential of getting hearing aids.

You will get maximum benefit from your appointment and you will come in with confidence if you follow these seven steps.

If you haven’t scheduled your hearing exam yet, contact us today to get your appointment on the books.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.