How to Prepare for a Hearing Test

woman wearing audiometry headphones while in a hearing test.

You scheduled a hearing test but you’re so busy it’s understandable 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 success of your appointment will be increased with just a little bit of basic prep.

Get ready for your hearing exam with these 7 tips

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

Record your symptoms

Hearing loss manifests differently for everyone and across various situations. Take some time to jot down when you notice your hearing difficulties the most. Are there certain times when you have a hard time hearing the television, for instance? When you’re in crowded settings like restaurants, is it difficult for you to follow conversations? Write down these situations, along with the time and date, to supply your hearing specialist with helpful insights into your hearing challenges.

Discover hearing aid options

The more you understand about hearing aid options, the easier it will be for you to make informed decisions at 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 an easier time discussing your options and adapting our suggestions to your specific needs.

Review your medical history

Share the detailed outline of your medical history that you previously compiled. Include details like past surgeries, current medications, noteworthy illnesses or diseases, and any existing medical devices you use. This holistic picture of your health can aid in identifying potential factors contributing to your hearing loss and guide individualized treatment recommendations.

Protect your ears

Make use of protective strategies to safeguard your hearing from harm, particularly in the days prior up to your exam. Steer clear of things like construction sites and rock concerts where the noise levels are especially high because exposure can skew the results of your exam. You will get a better comprehension of your hearing health and ensure the accuracy of your hearing exam by protecting your ears ahead of time.

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 associated questions and avoid unexpected costs. You might need some clarification so don’t be afraid to get in touch with us or your insurance provider.

Have a friend accompany you

You can come to your appointment by yourself but if you bring a friend it can be really advantageous. Whether it’s a family member, friend, or caregiver, bringing someone along can provide extra 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 give some added support.

Be ready for a talk about results

Unlike some medical tests where you may have to wait days or weeks for results, hearing test 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 outcome involves suggestions for hearing aids, lifestyle modifications, or hearing protection tips, be ready to investigate next steps in cooperation with your specialist.

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