How to Get Ready for a Hearing Test

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. Thankfully, you just received that reminder text from the clinic, and you still have time to get ready. So… what should you do?

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

Prepare for your hearing exam with these 7 tips

In order to be totally ready, follow these 7 steps:

Take note of 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 issues, jot it down. Are there particular times when you have a difficult time hearing the television, for example? Are conversations difficult to follow in crowded places such as restaurants? If you record these situations, it will help us get a deeper look into your particular hearing situation.

Hearing aids can be really helpful

Determining the landscape of hearing aids can empower you to make educated choices during your appointment. Research different types of hearing aids, their features, and how they align with your needs and lifestyle. When you are better informed, we will have a simpler time discussing your options and adapting our recommendations to your specific needs.

Assess your medical history

Collect a comprehensive overview of your medical history to share with your hearing specialist. Noteworthy illnesses, past surgeries, current medications, and any medical devices you use are all details that might be important. Individualizing our treatment recommendations 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.

Utilize ear protection

Use protective measures to protect your hearing from harm, especially in the days leading up to your exam. Avoid things like construction sites and rock concerts where the volume levels are very high because exposure can skew the results of your test. By protecting your hearing leading up to the test, you help guarantee the accuracy of the results and obtain a clear comprehension of your hearing health.

Look into your insurance

Find out if your insurance covers hearing services. Understanding the level of your coverage ahead of time can help you avoid unforeseen costs and navigate any insurance-related queries confidently. If you’re unsure about your coverage, think about contacting your insurance provider or consulting with your hearing specialist for clarification.

Bring along a companion

You can come to your appointment alone but if you bring a friend it can be very advantageous. Bringing somebody with you can offer extra 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 provide some added support.

Expect results discussion

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 get these results and participate in a meaningful conversation with us about their ramifications. Whether the outcome involves recommendations for hearing aids, lifestyle modifications, or hearing protection tips, be ready to investigate next steps collaboratively with your specialist.

By following these seven crucial steps, you can approach your hearing test with confidence and ensure that you get maximum benefit from your appointment.

If you haven’t scheduled your hearing exam 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.