Getting Ready For Your Hearing Test

woman wearing audiometry headphones while in a hearing test.

You scheduled a hearing exam but you’re so busy it’s reasonable that you would have forgotten about it. Luckily, you just received that reminder text from the clinic, and you still have time to prepare. But what kind of preparation should you do?

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

Get ready for your hearing test with these 7 tips

Here are seven essential steps to make sure you’re fully ready:

Record your symptoms

Hearing loss manifests differently for everybody and across various situations. Take some time to jot down when you detect your hearing difficulties the most. Are there certain times when you have a hard time hearing the television, for example? When you’re in crowded locations like restaurants, is it difficult for you to follow conversations? Write down these instances, along with the time and date, to provide your hearing specialist with useful insights into your hearing difficulties.

Explore hearing aid options

Determining the landscape of hearing aids can enable you to make informed decisions during your appointment. Research different types of hearing aids, their features, and how they will work with your needs and lifestyle. Being knowledgeable about available options can expedite discussions with your specialist and ensure that any suggestions are personalized to your needs.

Evaluate your medical history

Share the detailed outline of your medical history that you previously collected. Notable illnesses, previous surgeries, current medications, and any medical devices you utilize are all details that could be significant. This holistic picture of your health can help in identifying potential factors contributing to your hearing loss and guide personalized treatment recommendations.

Use ear protection

Use protective strategies to shield your hearing from harm, particularly in the days leading up to your appointment. Exposure to too much noise can skew the results of your test, so avoid environments with high noise levels, such as concerts or construction sites. 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. Knowing the extent of your coverage beforehand can help you avoid unforeseen costs and navigate any insurance-related queries confidently. If you’re unsure about your coverage, think about contacting your insurance provider or consulting with your hearing specialist for clarification.

Have a friend go with you

You can come to your appointment alone but if you bring a friend it can be very advantageous. Bringing someone with you can offer added support and perspective whether it’s a friend, family member, or caregiver. They can help recall important information discussed during the appointment and offer insights into your hearing experiences that you might not have noted yourself.

Anticipate results discussion

Unlike some medical exams where you might have to wait days or weeks for results, hearing exam results are typically available immediately. Prepare yourself mentally to get these results and engage in a meaningful conversation with us about their ramifications. Whether the end result involves recommendations for hearing aids, lifestyle alterations, or hearing protection strategies, be prepared to explore next steps in cooperation with your specialist.

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 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.