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 reasonable that you would have forgotten about it. It’s a good thing you received a text from the clinic reminding you in time for you to prepare. So… what should you do?

While it may not call for an all-night study session like in your scholastic days, a bit of preparation can make a substantial difference in maximizing the value of your appointment.

7 steps to get ready for your hearing test

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

Take note of your symptoms

Hearing loss manifests differently for everyone and across various situations. Whenever you observe that you’re in a situation where you’re having hearing troubles, write it down. For instance, do you struggle to hear the television, especially at certain volumes or times of the day? When you’re in crowded settings like restaurants, is it hard for you to follow conversations? If you record these situations, it will help us have a deeper 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. Do some research about how the different types of hearing aids might work with your needs and lifestyle. When you are better informed, we will have an easier time talking about your options and tailoring our recommendations to your specific needs.

Evaluate your medical history

Share the detailed overview of your medical history that you previously compiled. Notable illnesses, previous surgeries, current medications, and any medical devices you use are all details that could be important. This holistic snapshot of your health can aid in identifying potential factors contributing to your hearing loss and guide individualized treatment suggestions.

Utilize hearing protection

In the days prior to your hearing exam, take proactive measures to shield your ears from loud noises. Avoid things like construction sites and rock concerts where the noise levels are especially high because exposure can skew the results of your exam. By protecting your hearing before the test, you help ensure the accuracy of the results and obtain a clear understanding of your hearing health.

Look into your insurance

Explore your health insurance coverage regarding hearing tests and related services. Knowing the level of your coverage ahead of time can help you avoid unexpected costs and navigate any insurance-related queries confidently. If you’re unsure about your coverage, consider contacting your insurance provider or consulting with your hearing specialist for clarification.

Bring along a companion

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

Be ready for a talk about results

Unlike some medical exams where you might have to wait days or weeks for results, hearing test results are generally available right away. Prepare yourself mentally to obtain these results and engage in a meaningful discussion with us about their ramifications. Whether the end result involves suggestions for hearing aids, lifestyle modifications, or hearing protection tips, be prepared to explore next steps collaboratively 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.