Preparing For Your Hearing Exam

woman wearing audiometry headphones while in a hearing test.

You’re a rather busy individual, so it’s reasonable 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 improved with just a little bit of simple prep.

7 steps to prepare for your hearing test

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

Record your symptoms

For every person across many situations, hearing loss manifests differently. Whenever you notice that you’re in a situation where you’re having hearing problems, write it down. Are there specific times when you have a difficult time hearing the television, for instance? When you’re in crowded places like restaurants, is it difficult for you to follow conversations? If you take note of these instances, it will help us get a better look into your particular hearing situation.

Explore hearing aid options

The more you know about hearing aid options, the easier it will be for you to make informed decisions at your appointment. Research different models of hearing aids, their features, and how they will work with your needs and lifestyle. When you are better informed, we will have an easier time talking about your options and adapting our suggestions to your particular needs.

Review your medical history

Collect a comprehensive overview of your medical history to share with your hearing specialist. Include details such as past surgeries, current medications, noteworthy illnesses or diseases, and any existing medical devices you utilize. Individualizing our treatment suggestions by determining any factors that may be contributing to your hearing loss will be that much easier when we have a holistic picture of your health.

Utilize ear protection

In the days prior to your hearing exam, take proactive measures to protect your hearing from loud noises. Exposure to excessive noise can skew the results of your test, so steer clear of environments with high noise levels, like concerts or construction sites. By safeguarding your hearing before the test, you help guarantee the accuracy of the results and obtain a clear comprehension of your hearing health.

Look into your insurance

Explore your health insurance coverage with regard to hearing assessments and related services. Understanding the level of your coverage ahead of time can help you avoid unforeseen costs and navigate any insurance-related queries confidently. If you’re unsure about your coverage, consider reaching out to 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 somebody with you can offer added support and perspective whether it’s a friend, family member, or caregiver. Maybe you missed some significant piece of information or forgot something you were told and having someone with you can give some added support.

Expect results discussion

Usually, you will get the results of a hearing test the same day, unlike many other medical exams. Prepare yourself mentally to receive these results and engage in a meaningful conversation with us about their implications. Whether the end result involves suggestions for hearing aids, lifestyle modifications, or hearing protection tips, be ready to investigate next steps collaboratively with your specialist.

By sticking with these seven essential steps, you can approach your hearing exams 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.