You totally forgot your hearing exam tomorrow, but that’s not really surprising, you’re really busy. It’s a good thing we sent you 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 those days in college or high school where you’d have to pull an all-nighter to study for a test. Getting ready for a hearing exam is more about thinking over your symptoms and making sure you’re not forgetting anything. Getting the most out of your time with us is what getting ready for your hearing test is really about.
Get prepared with these 7 tips!
1. Create a list of your symptoms (and when they manifest)
The symptoms of hearing impairment differ from person to person and at different times. Some symptoms may be more dominant than others. So, before your appointment, it’s a good plan to start taking some notes on when your hearing loss is most noticeable. Some things you can write down include:
- When you’re out in a busy restaurant, do you struggle to hear conversations? Does that happen a lot?
- Is talking on the phone difficult? Keep track of times when it’s more difficult to hear people than usual.
- Did you have a difficult time hearing the TV? How loud is the volume? And do you have a harder time hearing at night?
- During meetings at work, do you lose focus? Does this tend to occur in the morning? All day?
This kind of information is extremely useful for us. Note the day and time of these symptoms if possible. At least observe the occurrence of the symptoms if you can’t remember the times.
2. Research hearing aids
How complete is your knowledge about hearing aids? It’s a relevant question because you don’t want to make any decisions influenced by what you think you know. If we tell you a hearing aid would be helpful, that’s going to be the perfect time to ask educated questions.
You will get better information and the process will be accelerated when you know what kinds of hearing devices are available and determine what your preferences are.
3. Think about your medical past
This one will also help the process go faster after diagnosis. Before your appointment, you should take some time to write down your medical history. This should include both major and minor incidents. Here are some examples:
- Medical equipment you might presently use.
- What kind of medication you take.
- Sickness or diseases you’ve had that stand out in your mind.
- Operations you’ve had, both major or minor.
- Medication interactions and allergies.
4. Avoid loud sounds and noisy environments
If you have a hearing test scheduled and you go to a loud concert the night before, the outcome will be skewed. The results will be similarly skewed if you attend an airshow the day of your exam. You can see where we’re going with this: you want to safeguard your ears from loud noises before your hearing exam. This will ensure the results are an accurate reflection of the current state of your hearing.
5. Consult your insurance ahead of time
The way that health insurance and hearing tests interact can be… perplexing. Some plans might cover your hearing exam, especially if it’s part of a medical condition. But other plans might not. You will be far more confident at your appointment if you get this all figured out before you come in. In some cases, you can work directly with us to get answers about insurance. If we can’t, you will have to speak directly with your insurance company.
6. Ask someone to come with you
There are some significant advantages to bringing a friend or relative with you to your hearing exam, though it’s not entirely necessary. Here are some of the most prominent advantages:
- When you’re at your exam, a lot of information will be covered. When you get home, after the appointment, you will have an easier time recalling all of the information we give you if someone else is there with you.
- You don’t always know when your hearing isn’t functioning correctly but it’s a safe bet your spouse or partner does! This means that we will have access to even more insight to help make a precise diagnosis or exam.
7. Be prepared for your results
It may be days or even weeks before you get the results of many medical diagnostics. But with a hearing test, that’s not the situation. Similar to the bubble-sheet tests that were fed through the scantron machine when you were in college, you get your results right away.
And what’s even better, we’ll show you how you can improve your overall hearing health and help you understand the meaning of your results. Perhaps that’s a hearing aid, maybe it’s some changes to your lifestyle, or some ear protection. You’ll know rather quickly either way.
So you don’t have to overthink it. But being ready will be helpful, particularly for you.