How to Get Ready for a Hearing Exam

woman wearing audiometry headphones while in a hearing test.

You’re a pretty busy person, so it’s understandable that you totally forgot about the hearing test you have scheduled. It’s a good thing you got 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 considerable difference in maximizing the benefits of your appointment.

7 steps to prepare for your hearing exam

Here are seven significant steps to ensure you’re completely prepared:

Document your symptoms

For every individual across various situations, hearing loss manifests differently. Whenever you detect that you’re in a situation where you’re having hearing problems, write it down. For example, do you struggle to hear the television, especially at certain volumes or times of the day? Are conversations hard to follow in crowded places like restaurants? If you take note of these instances, it will help us get a better look into your particular hearing situation.

Hearing aids can help a lot

Understanding the landscape of hearing aids can enable you to make educated choices during the course of your appointment. Research different models of hearing aids, their features, and how they will work with your preferences and lifestyle. When you are better informed, we will have a simpler time talking about your options and adapting our suggestions to your specific needs.

Evaluate your medical history

Share the comprehensive overview of your medical history that you previously collected. Include details like past surgeries, current medications, notable illnesses or diseases, and any existing medical devices you use. This holistic snapshot of your health can help in identifying potential factors contributing to your hearing loss and guide personalized treatment recommendations.

Safeguard your ears

Use protective strategies to safeguard your hearing from damage, particularly in the days leading up to your exam. 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 safeguarding your ears ahead of time.

Check your insurance coverage

Investigate your health insurance coverage with regard to hearing assessments and related services. Knowing the level of your coverage beforehand can help you avoid unforeseen costs and navigate any insurance-related queries with confidence. You might need some clarification so don’t be afraid to reach out to us or your insurance provider.

Have a friend accompany you

You can come to your appointment by yourself but if you bring a friend it can be very advantageous. Whether it’s a family member, friend, or caregiver, bringing somebody along can offer extra support and perspective during the consultation. They can help remember important information discussed during the appointment and offer insights into your hearing experiences that you may not have noticed yourself.

Anticipate results discussion

Usually, you will get the results of a hearing test the same day, unlike lots of other medical exams. Prepare yourself mentally to obtain these results and engage in a meaningful conversation with us about their implications. We may encourage solutions including hearing protection strategies, 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 exam 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.

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