How to Get Ready for a 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 got a text from the clinic reminding you in time for you to get ready. So… what should you do?

The effectiveness of your appointment will be improved with just a little bit of basic prep.

7 steps to get ready for your hearing test

Here are seven significant steps to make sure you’re completely ready:

Document your symptoms

Hearing loss manifests differently for everyone and across a variety of situations. Whenever you detect that you’re in a situation where you’re having hearing issues, jot it down. Are there certain times when you have a hard time hearing the television, for example? Are conversations challenging to follow in crowded places like restaurants? If you record these instances, it will help us get a better look into your specific hearing situation.

Hearing aids can help a lot

The more you understand about hearing aid options, the easier it will be for you to make informed choices at your appointment. Research different types of hearing aids, their features, and how they align with your preferences and lifestyle. Being well-informed about available options can expedite discussions with your specialist and ensure that any suggestions are personalized to your needs.

Assess your medical history

Share the detailed overview of your medical history that you previously compiled. Notable illnesses, past surgeries, current medications, and any medical devices you utilize are all details that might be significant. Personalizing our treatment suggestions 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

Use protective measures to shield your hearing from harm, especially in the days leading up to your exam. Exposure to excessive noise can skew the results of your exam, so avoid environments with high noise levels, like concerts or construction sites. You will get a better comprehension of your hearing health and ensure the accuracy of your hearing test by safeguarding your ears ahead of time.

Look into your insurance

Explore your health insurance coverage with regard to hearing assessments and related services. By getting a heads-up on your coverage, you will be better able to answer any associated questions and avoid surprise expenses. You may need some clarification so don’t be afraid to reach out to us or your insurance provider.

Have a friend go with you

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

Be prepared for a conversation about results

Unlike some medical tests where you might have to wait days or weeks for results, hearing exam results are generally available right away. Be ready for an in-depth conversation when you receive the results of your exam on the same day. We might encourage solutions including 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 adhere to 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.

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