How to Get Ready for a Hearing Exam

woman wearing audiometry headphones while in a hearing test.

You’re a rather busy person, so it’s understandable that you totally forgot about the hearing test you have scheduled. Thankfully, you just got that reminder text from the clinic, and you still have time to prepare. So… what should you do?

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

7 steps to get ready for your hearing exam

Here are seven significant strategies to ensure you’re fully prepared:

Record your symptoms

For every person across various situations, hearing loss manifests differently. Whenever you observe that you’re in a situation where you’re having hearing problems, write it down. For example, do you struggle to hear the television, particularly at certain volumes or times of the day? Are conversations challenging to follow in crowded places such as restaurants? Write down these situations, along with the time and date, to provide your hearing specialist with helpful insights into your hearing challenges.

Discover hearing aid options

Determining the landscape of hearing aids can empower you to make educated choices during your appointment. Do some research about how the different models of hearing aids may work with your needs and lifestyle. When you are better informed, we will have an easier time talking about your options and adapting our recommendations to your particular needs.

Review your medical history

Collect a detailed overview of your medical history to share with your hearing specialist. Notable illnesses, previous surgeries, current medications, and any medical devices you use are all details that could be important. Individualizing our treatment suggestions by identifying any factors that might be contributing to your hearing loss will be that much easier when we have a holistic picture of your health.

Protect your ears

In the days leading up to your hearing exam, take proactive measures to protect your hearing from loud noises. Exposure to too much noise can skew the results of your test, so steer clear of environments with high noise levels, like concerts or construction sites. By protecting 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. By getting a heads-up on your coverage, you will be better able to answer any associated questions and avoid surprise costs. If you’re uncertain about your coverage, consider contacting your insurance provider or consulting with your hearing specialist for clarification.

Have a friend accompany you

You can go to your appointment by yourself but if you bring a friend it can be very advantageous. Bringing someone with you can offer added support and perspective whether it’s a friend, family member, or caregiver. 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 discussion about results

Unlike some medical exams where you might have to wait days or weeks for results, hearing test results are usually available right away. Be prepared for an in-depth conversation when you receive the results of your exam on the same day. Whether the end result involves recommendations for hearing aids, lifestyle adjustments, or hearing protection tips, be ready 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 adhere to 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.