How to Prepare for a Hearing Exam

woman wearing audiometry headphones while in a hearing test.

You scheduled a hearing test but you’re so busy it’s reasonable that you would have forgotten about it. It’s a good thing you received a text from the clinic reminding you in time for you to prepare. So… what should you do?

The effectiveness 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 crucial strategies to ensure you’re fully ready:

Take note of your symptoms

For every individual across various situations, hearing loss manifests differently. Take some time to write down when you observe your hearing challenges the most. Are there certain times when you have a hard time hearing the television, for instance? When you’re in crowded places like restaurants, is it difficult for you to follow conversations? If you record these instances, it will help us have a deeper look into your particular hearing situation.

Discover hearing aid options

Understanding the landscape of hearing aids can empower you to make educated choices during the course of your appointment. Do some research about how the various models of hearing aids may work with your needs and lifestyle. Being knowledgeable about available options can clarify discussions with your specialist and ensure that any suggestions are personalized to your needs.

Evaluate your medical history

Compile a detailed overview of your medical history to share with your hearing specialist. Include details like past surgeries, current medications, notable illnesses or diseases, and any existing medical devices you use. This holistic snapshot of your health can help in pinpointing potential factors contributing to your hearing loss and guide individualized treatment recommendations.

Protect your ears

In the days leading up to your hearing test, take proactive measures to shield your hearing from loud noises. Steer clear of things like construction sites and rock concerts where the volume levels are particularly high because exposure can skew the results of your test. By protecting your hearing prior to the test, you help ensure the accuracy of the results and obtain a clear comprehension of your hearing health.

Check your insurance coverage

Investigate your health insurance coverage regarding hearing tests and related services. By getting a heads-up on your coverage, you will be better able to answer any related questions and avoid unexpected expenses. You might need some clarification so don’t be afraid to get in touch with us or your insurance provider.

Bring along a companion

While attending your appointment alone is perfectly fine, having a companion can offer several advantages. Bringing somebody with you can offer added support and perspective whether it’s a friend, family member, or caregiver. Maybe you missed some important piece of information or forgot something you were told and having somebody with you can give some additional support.

Be prepared for a talk about results

Normally, you will get the results of a hearing test right away, unlike many other medical exams. Be prepared for an in-depth discussion when you receive the results of your test on the same day. We may recommend solutions such as hearing protection tips, lifestyle modifications, or the potential of getting hearing aids.

By sticking with these seven essential steps, you can approach your hearing test with confidence and guarantee that you derive maximum benefit from your appointment.

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.