How to Prepare for a Hearing Test

woman wearing audiometry headphones while in a hearing test.

You’re a fairly busy person, so it’s reasonable that you totally forgot about the hearing test you have scheduled. 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?

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

7 steps to get ready for your hearing test

Here are seven crucial strategies to make sure you’re completely prepared:

Record your symptoms

Hearing loss manifests differently for everybody and across various situations. Take some time to jot down when you detect your hearing challenges the most. Are there specific times when you have a hard time hearing the television, for example? When you’re in crowded settings like restaurants, is it hard for you to follow conversations? If you take note of these situations, it will help us have a deeper look into your specific hearing situation.

Hearing aids can be really helpful

The more you understand 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 models of hearing aids might 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

Share the detailed outline of your medical history that you previously compiled. Include details like past surgeries, current medications, notable illnesses or diseases, and any existing medical devices you use. Individualizing our treatment recommendations by identifying any factors that may 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 shield your ears from loud noises. Avoid things like construction sites and rock concerts where the volume levels are especially high because exposure can skew the results of your exam. You will get a better comprehension of your hearing health and ensure the accuracy of your hearing exam by protecting your ears ahead of time.

Look into your insurance

Look into your health insurance coverage with regard to hearing tests and related services. Understanding the extent of your coverage ahead of time can help you avoid unforeseen costs and navigate any insurance-related questions confidently. You may need some clarification so don’t be afraid to get in touch with 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. Bringing somebody with you can offer added 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.

Anticipate results discussion

Unlike some medical tests where you may have to wait days or weeks for results, hearing exam results are usually available right away. Be prepared for an in-depth discussion when you get the results of your test on the same day. We may recommend solutions like hearing protection strategies, lifestyle changes, or the potential of getting hearing aids.

By sticking with these seven crucial steps, you can approach your hearing exams with confidence and guarantee that you derive maximum benefit from your appointment.

If you haven’t scheduled your hearing test yet, contact us 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.