How to Get Ready for a Hearing Test

woman wearing audiometry headphones while in a hearing test.

You scheduled a hearing exam but you’re so busy it’s understandable that you would have forgotten about it. Luckily, you just got that reminder text from the clinic, and you still have time to prepare. So… what should you do?

The success of your appointment will be improved with just a little bit of simple prep.

7 steps to get ready for your hearing exam

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

Record your symptoms

Hearing loss manifests differently for everybody and across a variety of situations. Whenever you detect that you’re in a situation where you’re having hearing problems, jot it down. Are there specific times when you have a hard time hearing the television, for example? When you’re in crowded places like restaurants, is it difficult for you to follow conversations? Write down these situations, along with the time and date, to provide your hearing specialist with useful insights into your hearing challenges.

Hearing aids can be really helpful

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 models 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

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

Safeguard your ears

Make use of protective strategies to safeguard your hearing from harm, particularly in the days prior up to your appointment. Avoid things like construction sites and rock concerts where the volume levels are especially high because exposure can skew the results of your exam. By protecting your hearing before the test, you help ensure the accuracy of the results and obtain a clear understanding of your hearing health.

Check your insurance coverage

Explore your health insurance coverage with regard to 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 go with you

While going to your appointment alone is perfectly fine, having a companion can provide several advantages. Bringing someone with you can provide added support and perspective whether it’s a friend, family member, or caregiver. They can help recall important information discussed during the appointment and offer insights into your hearing experiences that you might not have noted yourself.

Be prepared for a talk about results

Normally, you will get the results of a hearing exam the same day, unlike lots of other medical exams. Prepare yourself mentally to receive these results and participate in a meaningful discussion with us about their implications. We may encourage solutions such as hearing protection tips, lifestyle changes, or the potential of getting hearing aids.

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 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.