Getting Ready 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 reasonable that you would have forgotten about it. Thankfully, you just received that reminder text from the clinic, and you still have time to prepare. But what type of preparation should you do?

While it may not require an all-night study session like in your academic days, a bit of preparation can make a significant difference in maximizing the value of your appointment.

Prepare for your hearing test with these 7 tips

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

Record 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 troubles, write it down. Are there certain times when you have a difficult time hearing the television, for instance? Are conversations difficult to follow in crowded settings such as restaurants? Write down these instances, along with the time and date, to provide your hearing specialist with valuable insights into your hearing difficulties.

Hearing aids can be really helpful

The more you understand about hearing aid options, the simpler it will be for you to make informed decisions at your appointment. Research different models of hearing aids, their features, and how they will work with your preferences and lifestyle. Being knowledgeable about available options can clarify discussions with your specialist and make sure that any suggestions are tailored to your needs.

Evaluate your medical history

Compile a comprehensive overview of your medical history to share with your hearing specialist. Include details like past surgeries, current medications, notable illnesses or diseases, and any existing medical devices you use. Individualizing our treatment recommendations by identifying any factors that may be contributing to your hearing loss will be that much easier when we have a holistic picture of your health.

Use ear protection

In the days leading up to your hearing test, take proactive measures to protect your hearing from loud noises. Exposure to too much noise can skew the results of your test, so avoid environments with high noise levels, such as concerts or construction sites. 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

Find out if your insurance covers hearing services. Understanding the extent of your coverage beforehand can help you avoid unexpected costs and navigate any insurance-related queries confidently. You might need some clarification so don’t be afraid to reach out to us or your insurance provider.

Have a friend accompany you

While going to your appointment alone is totally fine, having a companion can offer several advantages. Bringing somebody with you can offer extra support and perspective whether it’s a friend, family member, or caregiver. Perhaps you missed some important piece of information or forgot something you were told and having somebody with you can give some added support.

Be ready for a discussion about results

Unlike some medical tests where you may have to wait days or weeks for results, hearing exam results are usually available right away. Prepare yourself mentally to obtain these results and participate in a meaningful conversation with us about their ramifications. We may recommend solutions including hearing protection strategies, 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.

If you haven’t scheduled your hearing test yet, give us a call 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.

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