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. Thankfully, you just got that reminder text from the clinic, and you still have time to prepare. But what type of preparation should you do?

The effectiveness of your appointment will be improved with just a little bit of basic prep.

Get ready for your hearing exam with these 7 tips

Here are seven significant strategies to ensure you’re completely ready:

Record your symptoms

For every person across many situations, hearing loss manifests differently. Whenever you notice that you’re in a situation where you’re having hearing troubles, write it down. Are there specific times when you have a difficult time hearing the television, for example? Are conversations hard to follow in crowded settings such as restaurants? If you take note of these situations, it will help us have a better look into your specific hearing situation.

Hearing aids can be really helpful

Understanding the landscape of hearing aids can enable you to make informed choices during your appointment. Do some research about how the various types of hearing aids might work with your needs and lifestyle. When you are better informed, we will have an easier time talking about your options and tailoring our recommendations to your specific needs.

Assess your medical history

Collect a detailed overview of your medical history to share with your hearing specialist. Include details such as previous surgeries, current medications, noteworthy illnesses or diseases, and any existing medical devices you utilize. Personalizing our treatment recommendations by identifying any factors that may be contributing to your hearing loss will be that much easier when we have a holistic picture of your health.

Utilize hearing protection

In the days prior to your hearing test, take proactive steps to protect your ears from loud noises. Avoid things like construction sites and rock concerts where the noise levels are especially high because exposure can skew the results of your test. By safeguarding your hearing before the test, you help guarantee the accuracy of the results and get a clear understanding of your hearing health.

Look into your insurance

Investigate your health insurance coverage regarding hearing tests and related services. By getting a heads-up on your coverage, you will be better able to answer any related questions and avoid surprise costs. You may need some clarification so don’t be afraid to reach out to us or your insurance provider.

Bring along a companion

While attending your appointment by yourself is totally fine, having a companion can offer several benefits. Bringing someone with you can provide extra support and perspective whether it’s a friend, family member, or caregiver. Perhaps you missed some essential 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 tests where you might have to wait days or weeks for results, hearing test results are generally available immediately. Be prepared for an in-depth discussion when you receive the results of your exam on the same day. We might recommend solutions including hearing protection tips, 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 follow these seven steps.

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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.