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 understandable that you completely 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 prepare. So… what should you do?

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

7 steps to get ready for your hearing test

In order to be totally prepared, follow these 7 steps:

Document your symptoms

For every person across many situations, hearing loss manifests differently. Take some time to jot down when you detect your hearing challenges 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 supply your hearing specialist with useful insights into your hearing challenges.

Hearing aids can be really helpful

Determining the landscape of hearing aids can enable you to make informed decisions during 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 a simpler time talking about your options and adapting our suggestions to your particular needs.

Assess your medical history

Collect a comprehensive outline of your medical history to share with your hearing specialist. Include details such as previous surgeries, current medications, noteworthy illnesses or diseases, and any existing medical devices you use. Individualizing our treatment suggestions by determining any factors that might be contributing to your hearing loss will be that much easier when we have a holistic understanding of your health.

Safeguard your ears

Make use of protective strategies to shield your hearing from damage, particularly in the days leading up to your exam. Exposure to excessive noise can skew the results of your test, so avoid environments with high noise levels, like concerts or construction sites. By protecting your hearing prior to the test, you help guarantee the accuracy of the results and get a clear comprehension of your hearing health.

Look into your insurance

Look into your health insurance coverage regarding hearing tests and related services. Understanding the extent of your coverage ahead of time 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 get in touch with us or your insurance provider.

Have a friend go with you

While going to your appointment alone is totally fine, having a companion can provide several benefits. 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 give insights into your hearing experiences that you might not have noticed yourself.

Be ready for a discussion about results

Unlike some medical tests where you may have to wait days or weeks for results, hearing test results are typically available right away. Be ready for an in-depth discussion when you get the results of your test on the same day. Whether the end result involves recommendations for hearing aids, lifestyle adjustments, or hearing protection tips, be ready 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 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.