woman wearing audiometry headphones while in a hearing test.

You’re a pretty busy person, so it’s reasonable that you totally forgot about the hearing exam you have scheduled. 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 call for an all-night study session like in your scholastic days, a bit of preparation can make a significant difference in maximizing the value of your appointment.

Prepare for your hearing exam with these 7 tips

In order to be completely prepared, follow these 7 steps:

Document your symptoms

Hearing loss manifests differently for everyone and across a variety of situations. Take some time to jot down when you notice your hearing difficulties the most. Are there certain times when you have a hard time hearing the television, for instance? When you’re in crowded locations like restaurants, is it hard for you to follow conversations? If you take note of these situations, it will help us get a deeper look into your particular hearing situation.

Hearing aids can be really helpful

Understanding the landscape of hearing aids can enable 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. Being knowledgeable about available options can expedite discussions with your specialist and make sure that any recommendations are tailored to your needs.

Assess your medical history

Share the detailed outline of your medical history that you previously compiled. Include details like past surgeries, current medications, notable illnesses or diseases, and any existing medical devices you utilize. Individualizing our treatment recommendations by determining any factors that may be contributing to your hearing loss will be that much easier when we have a holistic understanding of your health.

Utilize hearing protection

In the days leading up to your hearing exam, take proactive measures to protect your ears from loud noises. Exposure to too much noise can skew the results of your test, so avoid environments with high noise levels, such as concerts or construction sites. By safeguarding your hearing before the test, you help guarantee the accuracy of the results and get a clear comprehension of your hearing health.

Look into your insurance

Explore your health insurance coverage with regard to hearing assessments and related services. By getting a heads-up on your coverage, you will be better able to answer any associated questions and avoid unexpected costs. If you’re uncertain about your coverage, consider reaching out to 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 really helpful. Bringing someone with you can offer added support and perspective whether it’s a friend, family member, or caregiver. They can help recall important information discussed during the appointment and give insights into your hearing experiences that you might not have noted yourself.

Be ready for a talk about results

Unlike some medical tests where you might have to wait days or weeks for results, hearing exam results are typically available immediately. Be ready for an in-depth discussion when you get the results of your test on the same day. Whether the end result involves suggestions for hearing aids, lifestyle modifications, or hearing protection tips, be prepared to explore next steps in cooperation 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.

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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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