Preparing For Your Hearing Exam

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. But what type of preparation should you do?

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

7 steps to prepare for your hearing exam

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

Take note of your symptoms

For every person across many situations, hearing loss manifests differently. Take some time to write down when you observe your hearing challenges the most. Are there specific times when you have a hard time hearing the television, for instance? 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 helpful insights into your hearing challenges.

Hearing aids can be really helpful

Determining the landscape of hearing aids can empower you to make informed choices during the course of your appointment. Research different models of hearing aids, their features, and how they align with your preferences and lifestyle. Being well-informed about available options can clarify discussions with your specialist and ensure that any recommendations are personalized to your needs.

Evaluate your medical history

Share the detailed outline of your medical history that you previously collected. Notable illnesses, previous surgeries, current medications, and any medical devices you utilize are all details that may be important. This holistic picture of your health can help in determining potential factors contributing to your hearing loss and guide individualized treatment suggestions.

Safeguard your ears

Use protective measures to shield your hearing from harm, particularly in the days prior up to your exam. Avoid things like construction sites and rock concerts where the noise levels are particularly high because exposure can skew the results of your exam. By safeguarding 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

Check to see if your insurance covers hearing services. By getting a heads-up on your coverage, you will be better able to answer any associated questions and avoid unexpected costs. If you’re unsure about your coverage, think about contacting your insurance provider or consulting with your hearing specialist for clarification.

Bring along a companion

You can come to your appointment by yourself but if you bring a friend it can be really advantageous. Whether it’s a member of the family, friend, or caregiver, bringing someone along can offer additional support and perspective during the consultation. They can help recall important information discussed during the appointment and offer insights into your hearing experiences that you may not have noted yourself.

Be prepared for a conversation about results

Unlike some medical exams where you might have to wait days or weeks for results, hearing test results are typically available immediately. Be ready for an in-depth conversation when you receive the results of your exam on the same day. Whether the outcome involves suggestions for hearing aids, lifestyle adjustments, or hearing protection strategies, be prepared to investigate 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 exam 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.