Preparing For Your Hearing Exam

woman wearing audiometry headphones while in a hearing test.

You’re a fairly busy individual, so it’s understandable that you completely forgot about the hearing exam you have scheduled. It’s a good thing you received a text from the clinic reminding you in time for you to get ready. But what type of preparation should you do?

The effectiveness of your appointment will be increased with just a little bit of simple prep.

Prepare for your hearing test with these 7 tips

Here are seven essential steps to ensure you’re completely prepared:

Document your symptoms

For every individual across many situations, hearing loss manifests differently. Take some time to write down when you detect your hearing challenges the most. Are there certain times when you have a difficult time hearing the television, for instance? When you’re in crowded settings like restaurants, is it difficult for you to follow conversations? If you record these instances, it will help us get a deeper look into your specific hearing situation.

Explore hearing aid options

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 will work with your preferences and lifestyle. Being knowledgeable about available options can expedite discussions with your specialist and ensure that any suggestions are tailored to your needs.

Assess your medical history

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

Safeguard your ears

In the days leading up to your hearing test, take proactive steps to protect your hearing from loud noises. Exposure to too much noise can skew the results of your exam, so steer clear of environments with high noise levels, such as concerts or construction sites. By safeguarding your hearing before the test, you help guarantee 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. Understanding the level of your coverage beforehand can help you avoid unforeseen costs and navigate any insurance-related queries with confidence. You may need some clarification so don’t be afraid to get in touch with us or your insurance provider.

Bring a companion

You can come to your appointment alone but if you bring a friend it can be very helpful. Bringing somebody with you can provide extra support and perspective whether it’s a friend, family member, or caregiver. Perhaps you missed some essential piece of information or forgot something you were told and having someone with you can give some additional support.

Be ready for a talk about results

Normally, you will get the results of a hearing exam right away, unlike lots of other medical tests. Prepare yourself mentally to obtain these results and engage in a meaningful discussion with us about their implications. Whether the end result involves recommendations for hearing aids, lifestyle adjustments, or hearing protection tips, be prepared to explore next steps in cooperation with your specialist.

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.