How to Prepare for a Hearing Test

woman wearing audiometry headphones while in a hearing test.

You’re a rather busy person, so it’s reasonable 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 prepare. But what kind of preparation 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 considerable difference in maximizing the value of your appointment.

Prepare for your hearing exam with these 7 tips

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

Record your symptoms

For every individual across various situations, hearing loss manifests differently. Take some time to jot down when you notice your hearing difficulties the most. For instance, do you struggle to hear the television, especially 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 useful insights into your hearing difficulties.

Hearing aids can help a lot

The more you know about hearing aid options, the simpler it will be for you to make informed decisions at your appointment. Do some research about how the different types 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 comprehensive overview of your medical history to share with your hearing specialist. Include details like previous surgeries, current medications, noteworthy illnesses or diseases, and any existing medical devices you use. This holistic snapshot of your health can aid in identifying potential factors contributing to your hearing loss and guide personalized treatment recommendations.

Utilize hearing protection

In the days leading up to your hearing exam, take proactive measures to shield your ears from loud noises. Exposure to excessive noise can skew the results of your test, so steer clear of environments with high noise levels, like 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.

Look into your insurance

Find out 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 unexpected expenses. You might need some clarification so don’t be afraid to reach out to us or your insurance provider.

Have a friend go with you

You can go to your appointment by yourself but if you bring a friend it can be really helpful. Whether it’s a member of the family, friend, or caregiver, bringing somebody along can provide additional 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 give some added support.

Expect results discussion

Unlike some medical exams where you may have to wait days or weeks for results, hearing test results are typically available right away. Be ready for an in-depth discussion when you get the results of your test on the same day. We might recommend solutions such as 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.

If you haven’t scheduled your hearing test yet, give us a call today to get your appointment on the books.

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.