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 reasonable that you would have forgotten about it. Fortunately, you just got that reminder text from the clinic, and you still have time to get ready. But what type of preparation 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 exam

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

Record your symptoms

Hearing loss manifests differently for everybody and across various situations. Whenever you detect that you’re in a situation where you’re having hearing problems, write it down. Are there particular times when you have a hard time hearing the television, for example? When you’re in crowded locations like restaurants, is it difficult for you to follow conversations? If you take note of these instances, it will help us have a deeper look into your specific hearing situation.

Hearing aids can be really helpful

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

Assess your medical history

Gather a detailed overview of your medical history to share with your hearing specialist. Notable illnesses, past surgeries, current medications, and any medical devices you utilize are all details that may be important. Individualizing our treatment recommendations by determining any factors that might be contributing to your hearing loss will be that much easier when we have a holistic understanding of your health.

Safeguard your ears

Make use of protective measures to shield your hearing from damage, especially in the days prior up to your exam. Avoid things like construction sites and rock concerts where the volume levels are especially high because exposure can skew the results of your test. By safeguarding your hearing leading up to the test, you help guarantee the accuracy of the results and get a clear comprehension of your hearing health.

Check your insurance coverage

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

Bring along a companion

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

Be prepared for a conversation about results

Unlike some medical exams where you might have to wait days or weeks for results, hearing exam results are typically available right away. Prepare yourself mentally to receive these results and participate in a meaningful discussion with us about their ramifications. Whether the end result involves suggestions for hearing aids, lifestyle alterations, or hearing protection tips, be prepared 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 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.