Getting Ready For Your Hearing Exam

woman wearing audiometry headphones while in a hearing test.

You’re a rather busy person, so it’s understandable 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 get ready. But what kind of preparation should you do?

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

7 steps to prepare for your hearing exam

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

Take note of your symptoms

Hearing loss manifests differently for everybody and across various situations. Whenever you observe that you’re in a situation where you’re having hearing issues, jot it down. For example, do you struggle to hear the television, particularly at certain volumes or times of the day? Are conversations difficult to follow in crowded settings such as restaurants? If you record these situations, it will help us have a deeper look into your specific hearing situation.

Hearing aids can help a lot

Determining the landscape of hearing aids can enable you to make informed choices during your appointment. Do some research about how the different models of hearing aids may work with your needs and lifestyle. When you are better informed, we will have an easier time talking about your options and adapting our suggestions to your particular needs.

Review your medical history

Gather a comprehensive overview 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. This holistic picture of your health can help in identifying potential factors contributing to your hearing loss and guide individualized treatment recommendations.

Utilize ear protection

In the days leading up to your hearing exam, take proactive measures to shield your hearing from loud noises. Exposure to excessive noise can skew the results of your exam, so avoid environments with high noise levels, such as concerts or construction sites. By safeguarding your hearing leading up to the test, you help ensure the accuracy of the results and obtain a clear understanding of your hearing health.

Check your insurance coverage

Find out if your insurance covers hearing services. By getting a heads-up on your coverage, you will be better able to answer any related questions and avoid surprise expenses. If you’re uncertain about your coverage, consider contacting your insurance provider or consulting with your hearing specialist for clarification.

Bring along a companion

While attending your appointment by yourself is totally fine, having a companion can provide several advantages. Whether it’s a member of the family, friend, or caregiver, bringing somebody along can provide extra support and perspective during the consultation. Maybe you missed some important piece of information or forgot something you were told and having somebody with you can offer some additional support.

Anticipate results discussion

Unlike some medical exams where you might have to wait days or weeks for results, hearing exam results are usually available immediately. Be ready for an in-depth discussion when you receive the results of your test on the same day. Whether the outcome involves suggestions for hearing aids, lifestyle modifications, or hearing protection tips, 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.

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.

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