Preparing For Your Hearing Test

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 test you have scheduled. It’s a good thing you received a text from the clinic reminding you in time for you to prepare. But what kind of preparation should you do?

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

Get ready for your hearing exam with these 7 tips

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

Document your symptoms

For every individual across various situations, hearing loss manifests differently. Whenever you observe that you’re in a situation where you’re having hearing issues, write it down. For example, do you struggle to hear the television, particularly at certain volumes or times of the day? Are conversations hard to follow in crowded settings such as restaurants? If you take note of these situations, it will help us get a better look into your particular hearing situation.

Hearing aids can be really helpful

Understanding the landscape of hearing aids can empower you to make informed choices during your appointment. Research different types of hearing aids, their features, and how they align with your needs and lifestyle. When you are better informed, we will have an easier time talking about your options and tailoring our recommendations to your specific needs.

Evaluate your medical history

Compile a comprehensive overview of your medical history to share with your hearing specialist. Notable illnesses, previous surgeries, current medications, and any medical devices you use are all details that could be significant. This holistic snapshot of your health can help in identifying potential factors contributing to your hearing loss and guide personalized treatment suggestions.

Use ear protection

Use protective measures to protect your hearing from harm, particularly in the days prior up to your exam. Exposure to too much noise can skew the results of your exam, so steer clear of environments with high noise levels, such as concerts or construction sites. By safeguarding your hearing before the test, you help ensure the accuracy of the results and get a clear understanding of your hearing health.

Check your insurance coverage

Explore 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 associated 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 a companion

While going to your appointment by yourself is totally fine, having a companion can offer several advantages. Whether it’s a family member, friend, or caregiver, bringing somebody along can provide extra support and perspective during the consultation. Maybe you missed some significant piece of information or forgot something you were told and having someone with you can give some added support.

Expect results discussion

Unlike some medical exams where you might have to wait days or weeks for results, hearing exam results are generally available right away. Prepare yourself mentally to receive these results and engage in a meaningful discussion with us about their implications. Whether the end result involves recommendations for hearing aids, lifestyle adjustments, or hearing protection strategies, be prepared to explore next steps collaboratively with your specialist.

You will get maximum benefit from your appointment and you will come in with confidence if you follow these seven steps.

If you haven’t scheduled your hearing test yet, contact us today to get your appointment on the books.

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.