Preparing For Your Hearing Test

woman wearing audiometry headphones while in a hearing test.

You’re a rather busy individual, so it’s reasonable that you completely forgot about the hearing exam you have scheduled. It’s a good thing you received a text from the clinic reminding you in time for you to prepare. So… what should you do?

While it may not call for an all-night study session like in your academic days, a bit of preparation can make a significant difference in maximizing the benefits of your appointment.

7 steps to prepare for your hearing test

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

Write down your symptoms

For every person across various situations, hearing loss manifests differently. Whenever you notice that you’re in a situation where you’re having hearing troubles, jot it down. Are there specific times when you have a hard time hearing the television, for instance? Are conversations difficult to follow in crowded places such as restaurants? If you record these instances, it will help us have a deeper look into your particular hearing situation.

Discover hearing aid options

Determining the landscape of hearing aids can enable you to make informed decisions during your appointment. Do some research about how the various models of hearing aids might work with your needs and lifestyle. When you are better informed, we will have a simpler time talking about your options and adapting our suggestions to your specific needs.

Assess your medical history

Share the comprehensive overview of your medical history that you previously compiled. Noteworthy illnesses, past surgeries, current medications, and any medical devices you utilize are all details that may be important. Personalizing our treatment recommendations by determining any factors that might be contributing to your hearing loss will be that much easier when we have a holistic picture of your health.

Safeguard your ears

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

Check your insurance coverage

Find out 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 reach out to us or your insurance provider.

Have a friend go with you

While going to your appointment by yourself is totally fine, having a companion can provide a number of benefits. Bringing someone with you can provide extra support and perspective whether it’s a friend, family member, or caregiver. Maybe you missed some important piece of information or forgot something you were told and having someone with you can offer some added support.

Anticipate results discussion

Normally, you will get the results of a hearing test the same day, unlike many other medical exams. Be prepared for an in-depth discussion when you get the results of your test on the same day. Whether the outcome involves recommendations for hearing aids, lifestyle alterations, or hearing protection strategies, be prepared to explore next steps collaboratively with your specialist.

By following these seven crucial steps, you can approach your hearing exams with confidence and ensure 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.