Preparing For Your Hearing Exam

woman wearing audiometry headphones while in a hearing test.

You’re a rather busy person, 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. But what kind of preparation 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 substantial difference in maximizing the benefits of your appointment.

7 steps to get ready for your hearing exam

Here are seven significant strategies to ensure you’re totally prepared:

Write down your symptoms

For every person across various situations, hearing loss manifests differently. Whenever you detect that you’re in a situation where you’re having hearing issues, jot it down. Are there certain times when you have a difficult time hearing the television, for example? When you’re in crowded places like restaurants, is it difficult for you to follow conversations? If you record these situations, it will help us get a deeper look into your particular hearing situation.

Discover hearing aid options

The more you understand about hearing aid options, the easier it will be for you to make informed choices at your appointment. Do some research about how the different types of hearing aids may work with your needs and lifestyle. When you are better informed, we will have an easier time talking about your options and adapting our recommendations to your particular needs.

Assess your medical history

Collect a detailed outline of your medical history to share with your hearing specialist. Notable illnesses, previous surgeries, current medications, and any medical devices you use are all details that may be significant. Individualizing our treatment suggestions by identifying any factors that may be contributing to your hearing loss will be that much easier when we have a holistic understanding of your health.

Use hearing protection

In the days prior to your hearing test, take proactive steps to shield your ears from loud noises. Avoid things like construction sites and rock concerts where the volume levels are especially high because exposure can skew the results of your exam. By protecting your hearing leading up to the test, you help guarantee the accuracy of the results and get a clear understanding of your hearing health.

Check your insurance coverage

Check to see if your insurance covers hearing services. Knowing the extent of your coverage beforehand can help you avoid unexpected costs and navigate any insurance-related questions with confidence. You might need some clarification so don’t be afraid to reach out to us or your insurance provider.

Have a friend accompany you

You can go to your appointment alone but if you bring a friend it can be very advantageous. Whether it’s a family member, friend, or caregiver, bringing somebody along can provide additional support and perspective during the consultation. Maybe you missed some significant piece of information or forgot something you were told and having somebody with you can offer some additional support.

Expect results discussion

Normally, you will get the results of a hearing test right away, unlike many other medical exams. Be prepared for an in-depth conversation when you receive the results of your exam on the same day. Whether the outcome involves recommendations for hearing aids, lifestyle adjustments, or hearing protection tips, be prepared to investigate next steps in cooperation with your specialist.

By following these seven crucial 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.