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 totally forgot about the hearing exam you have scheduled. Thankfully, you just received that reminder text from the clinic, and you still have time to get ready. But what type of preparation should you do?

The success of your appointment will be improved with just a little bit of simple prep.

Prepare for your hearing test with these 7 tips

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

Write down your symptoms

Hearing loss manifests differently for everybody and across a variety of situations. Whenever you notice that you’re in a situation where you’re having hearing issues, jot it down. For example, do you struggle to hear the television, particularly at certain volumes or times of the day? Are conversations challenging to follow in crowded places like restaurants? Write down these situations, along with the time and date, to provide your hearing specialist with useful insights into your hearing challenges.

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 types of hearing aids, their features, and how they align with your preferences and lifestyle. When you are better informed, we will have an easier time discussing your options and adapting our suggestions to your particular needs.

Assess your medical history

Share the comprehensive outline 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 aid in determining potential factors contributing to your hearing loss and guide individualized treatment suggestions.

Use hearing protection

Use protective measures to safeguard your hearing from damage, especially in the days leading up to your appointment. Exposure to too much 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 prior to the test, you help ensure the accuracy of the results and get a clear understanding of your hearing health.

Look into your insurance

Investigate your health insurance coverage regarding hearing assessments and related services. Understanding the extent of your coverage beforehand can help you avoid unexpected costs and navigate any insurance-related queries with confidence. If you’re unsure about your coverage, think about reaching out to your insurance provider or consulting with your hearing specialist for clarification.

Bring a companion

You can go to your appointment alone but if you bring a friend it can be really advantageous. Whether it’s a member of the family, friend, or caregiver, bringing someone along can offer additional support and perspective during the consultation. They can help remember important information discussed during the appointment and give insights into your hearing experiences that you may not have noted yourself.

Expect results discussion

Usually, 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 receive the results of your exam on the same day. We might 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 adhere to these seven steps.

It’s time to schedule a hearing exam 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.