woman wearing audiometry headphones while in a hearing test.

You scheduled a hearing exam but you’re so busy it’s understandable 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 get ready. So… what should you do?

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

7 steps to prepare for your hearing test

Here are seven crucial steps to make sure you’re fully prepared:

Document your symptoms

For every individual across various situations, hearing loss manifests differently. Whenever you notice that you’re in a situation where you’re having hearing troubles, jot it down. Are there certain times when you have a hard time hearing the television, for example? When you’re in crowded places like restaurants, is it difficult for you to follow conversations? If you record these situations, it will help us have a better look into your specific hearing situation.

Explore hearing aid options

The more you know about hearing aid options, the simpler it will be for you to make informed choices at your appointment. Do some research about how the various models of hearing aids might work with your needs and lifestyle. Being knowledgeable about available options can clarify discussions with your specialist and ensure that any recommendations are tailored to your needs.

Assess your medical history

Collect a detailed outline of your medical history to share with your hearing specialist. Include details like past surgeries, current medications, notable illnesses or diseases, and any existing medical devices you utilize. Individualizing our treatment suggestions by determining any factors that might 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 prior to your hearing exam, take proactive measures to safeguard your hearing 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 test. 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 regarding hearing tests and related services. Understanding the level of your coverage beforehand can help you avoid unexpected costs and navigate any insurance-related queries with confidence. You may need some clarification so don’t be afraid to get in touch with us or your insurance provider.

Have a friend accompany you

You can go to your appointment alone but if you bring a friend it can be really helpful. Whether it’s a family member, friend, or caregiver, bringing someone along can provide additional support and perspective during the consultation. Perhaps you missed some important piece of information or forgot something you were told and having someone with you can provide some additional support.

Expect results discussion

Unlike some medical tests where you might have to wait days or weeks for results, hearing exam results are usually available right away. Be ready for an in-depth conversation when you receive the results of your exam on the same day. We might encourage solutions such as hearing protection tips, lifestyle changes, or the potential of getting hearing aids.

By following these seven essential steps, you can approach your hearing test with confidence and ensure 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.

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