How to Prepare 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. But what type of preparation should you do?

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

7 steps to prepare for your hearing test

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

Write down your symptoms

For every individual across many situations, hearing loss manifests differently. Take some time to jot down when you detect your hearing difficulties the most. 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 difficult for you to follow conversations? If you take note of these situations, it will help us get a deeper look into your specific hearing situation.

Hearing aids can be really helpful

The more you know about hearing aid options, the easier it will be for you to make informed decisions at your appointment. Do some research about how the various types of hearing aids might work with your needs and lifestyle. When you are better informed, we will have a simpler time discussing your options and tailoring our recommendations to your specific needs.

Evaluate your medical history

Compile a comprehensive outline of your medical history to share with your hearing specialist. Noteworthy illnesses, previous surgeries, current medications, and any medical devices you use are all details that could be important. Personalizing our treatment suggestions 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

Use protective strategies to safeguard your hearing from damage, especially in the days prior up to your appointment. Avoid things like construction sites and rock concerts where the noise levels are especially high because exposure can skew the results of your test. By protecting your hearing leading up to the test, you help ensure the accuracy of the results and obtain a clear understanding of your hearing health.

Look into your insurance

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 expenses. You may need some clarification so don’t be afraid to get in touch with us or your insurance provider.

Bring along a companion

You can go to your appointment by yourself 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. Maybe you missed some important piece of information or forgot something you were told and having somebody with you can offer some added support.

Expect results discussion

Normally, you will get the results of a hearing test the same day, unlike lots of other medical exams. Prepare yourself mentally to receive these results and participate in a meaningful conversation with us about their ramifications. Whether the outcome involves suggestions for hearing aids, lifestyle modifications, or hearing protection strategies, be prepared to investigate next steps collaboratively 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 exam 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.