Preparing For Your Hearing Exam

woman wearing audiometry headphones while in a hearing test.

You’re a fairly busy individual, so it’s understandable that you totally forgot about the hearing test you have scheduled. It’s a good thing you received a text from the clinic reminding you in time for you to get ready. So… what should you do?

The success of your appointment will be increased with just a little bit of basic prep.

7 steps to get ready for your hearing test

Here are seven crucial strategies to make sure you’re totally ready:

Record your symptoms

Hearing loss manifests differently for everyone and across a variety of situations. Whenever you detect that you’re in a situation where you’re having hearing problems, write it down. For instance, do you struggle to hear the television, especially at certain volumes or times of the day? Are conversations difficult to follow in crowded places like restaurants? Write down these situations, along with the time and date, to supply your hearing specialist with useful insights into your hearing challenges.

Explore hearing aid options

Determining the landscape of hearing aids can enable you to make educated choices during your appointment. Research different models of hearing aids, their features, and how they align with your needs and lifestyle. Being knowledgeable about available options can expedite discussions with your specialist and make sure that any suggestions are tailored to your needs.

Evaluate your medical history

Share the detailed outline of your medical history that you previously compiled. Notable illnesses, past surgeries, current medications, and any medical devices you utilize are all details that might be significant. This holistic snapshot of your health can aid in pinpointing potential factors contributing to your hearing loss and guide personalized treatment recommendations.

Use hearing protection

In the days leading up to your hearing exam, take proactive measures to protect your hearing from loud noises. Avoid things like construction sites and rock concerts where the noise levels are very high because exposure can skew the results of your test. You will get a better understanding of your hearing health and ensure the accuracy of your hearing exam by protecting your ears ahead of time.

Look into your insurance

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. You may need some clarification so don’t be afraid to get in touch with us or your insurance provider.

Have a friend go with you

While going to your appointment by yourself is perfectly fine, having a companion can provide a number of advantages. Whether it’s a member of the family, friend, or caregiver, bringing someone along can provide additional support and perspective during the consultation. Perhaps you missed some important piece of information or forgot something you were told and having someone with you can give some added support.

Be ready for a discussion about results

Unlike some medical exams where you may have to wait days or weeks for results, hearing test results are typically available immediately. Prepare yourself mentally to receive these results and participate in a meaningful discussion with us about their implications. We might recommend solutions like hearing protection tips, lifestyle changes, or the potential of getting hearing aids.

By following these seven crucial steps, you can approach your hearing test with confidence and guarantee that you get maximum benefit from your appointment.

It’s time to schedule a hearing test so give us a call!

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.