7 Ways to Get Ready for Your Hearing Exam

Smiling woman with short curly black hair wearing a green button up shirt excitedly waiting for her hearing test to begin in a sound booth

You completely spaced your hearing exam tomorrow, but that’s not really unusual, you’re really busy. It’s a good thing we sent out a reminder text so you should have a few hours to prepare. So what should I do to get ready?

Hearing exams aren’t like back in college or high school where you’d have to stay up all night to study for an exam. With a hearing exam, it’s more about trying to remember everything you need to know regarding your symptoms. Essentially, getting ready for your hearing exam is really about making certain you get as much out of your time with us as possible.

Here are 7 easy ways to get yourself prepped and ready!

1. Create a list of your symptoms (and when they occur)

Hearing loss doesn’t manifest the same way for everyone all the time. There might be some symptoms that are apparent and others that are more subtle. So, before you come in, it’s a good idea to begin taking some notes on when your hearing loss is most significant. You can write things down like:

  • Is it challenging to carry on conversations on the phone? Record times when it’s more difficult to understand people than normal.
  • Was it difficult to hear the tv? Do you have it cranked way up? And do you have a harder time hearing at night?
  • Do you find yourself losing focus in meetings at work? Does this tend to happen in the morning? All day?
  • When you’re out in a crowded restaurant, do you struggle to keep up with conversations? Does that occur a lot?

This kind of information is very useful for us. Note the day and time of these symptoms if you can. If you can’t, just remember that they did occur.

2. Get some info about hearing aids

How accurate is your knowledge about hearing aids? You don’t want to make any decisions based on false information you might have picked up someplace. A good opportunity to get some valid info is when we inform you that hearing aids would benefit you.

You will get better answers and the process will be accelerated when you know what kinds of hearing devices are available and understand what your preferences are.

3. Review your medical history

This one will also help the process go smoother after diagnosis. Write down your medical history before you come in for your assessment. This should consist of both major and minor incidents. Here are some examples:

  • What kind of medication you take.
  • Any history of sickness or health problems (you don’t need to note every cold, but anything that stands out).
  • Allergies and reactions to medications.
  • Surgeries you’ve had, both major or minor.
  • Medical equipment you might presently be using.

4. Loud noisy settings should be shunned

If you attend a booming rock concert the day before your hearing test, it’s going to affect the outcome. The results will be similarly impacted if you attend an airshow the day of your exam. You can see where we’re going with this: you want to protect your ears from loud noises before your hearing test. This will ensure the results are a reliable reflection of the current health of your hearing.

5. Before your appointment, talk to your insurance company

The way that health insurance and hearing tests interact can be… perplexing. Some plans may cover your hearing assessment, especially if it’s related to a medical disorder. But not all plans will. You will be much more confident at your appointment if you get this all squared away before you come in. In some instances, you can work directly with us to get insurance answers. If we can’t, you will have to speak directly with your insurance company.

6. Ask somebody to come with you

Bringing a loved one or trusted friend with you to a hearing appointment isn’t absolutely necessary, but it can present numerous advantages. amongst the most prominent advantages are the following:

  • You’re likely to cover a lot of info during your appointment. When you get home, after the appointment, you will have an easier time remembering all of the information we give you if somebody else is there with you.
  • Even when you aren’t aware that you have hearing impairment, people close to you will certainly be aware of it. This means that we will have access to even more insight to help make a precise diagnosis or exam.

7. The results will come fairly quickly

With many medical diagnostics, it could be days or weeks before you get your diagnosis. But that’s not the case with a hearing test. With a hearing test, you will get the results right away.

And even better, we’ll walk you through what your results mean and how you can enhance your general hearing health. That could mean utilizing some ear protection or some lifestyle changes or possibly hearing aids. Either way, you’ll know it immediately.

So there’s no need to overthink it. But it is helpful, mostly for you, to be prepared!

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.