How to Get Ready for a Hearing Exam

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 got a text from the clinic reminding you in time for you to get ready. So… what should you do?

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

7 steps to prepare for your hearing exam

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

Take note of your symptoms

For every individual across many situations, hearing loss manifests differently. Whenever you notice that you’re in a situation where you’re having hearing problems, jot it down. Are there certain times when you have a hard time hearing the television, for example? When you’re in crowded places like restaurants, is it hard for you to follow conversations? Write down these situations, along with the time and date, to provide your hearing specialist with valuable insights into your hearing challenges.

Hearing aids can be really helpful

The more you know about hearing aid options, the easier it will be for you to make informed choices at your appointment. Do some research about how the various models of hearing aids may work with your needs and lifestyle. When you are better informed, we will have an easier time discussing your options and tailoring our suggestions to your particular needs.

Review your medical history

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

Protect your ears

In the days leading up 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 particularly high because exposure can skew the results of your test. You will get a better understanding of your hearing health and guarantee the accuracy of your hearing test by safeguarding your ears ahead of time.

Look into your insurance

Investigate your health insurance coverage with regard to hearing tests and related services. Understanding 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.

Bring along a companion

While attending your appointment by yourself is perfectly fine, having a companion can offer several benefits. Whether it’s a member of the family, friend, or caregiver, bringing somebody along can offer additional support and perspective during the consultation. Maybe you missed some important piece of information or forgot something you were told and having someone with you can provide some additional support.

Expect results discussion

Unlike some medical tests where you might have to wait days or weeks for results, hearing test results are generally available right away. Be prepared for an in-depth conversation when you get the results of your test on the same day. We might encourage solutions such as hearing protection tips, lifestyle modifications, or the potential of getting hearing aids.

By sticking with these seven crucial steps, you can approach your hearing test with confidence and ensure that you derive 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.