You’re a pretty busy person, so it’s reasonable that you completely forgot about the hearing test you have scheduled for tomorrow. It’s a good thing we sent you a reminder text so you should have a few hours to prepare. So how should you get ready?
Hearing tests 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 through your symptoms and making sure you don’t forget anything. Getting the most out of your time with us is what preparing for your hearing exam is really about.
Get prepared using these 7 tips!
1. Create a list of your symptoms (and when they occur)
The symptoms of hearing impairment differ from person to person and at different times. There may be some symptoms that are apparent and others that are more discreet. So, before you come in, it’s a good plan to start taking a few notes on when your hearing loss is most significant. Some things you can write down include:
- Do you find yourself losing concentration during meetings at work? Does this normally happen in the morning? All day?
- Did you have a difficult time hearing the TV? How high is the volume? And do you have a harder time hearing at night?
- Is having phone conversations difficult? Keep track of times when it’s more difficult to hear people than usual.
- Did you have trouble hearing a conversation while dining out in a packed restaurant? If so, how often does that take place?
We find this kind of information very useful. Note the day and time of these symptoms if you can. At least observe the occurrence of the symptoms if you can’t remember the times.
2. Do some research on hearing aids
How much do you actually know about hearing aids? You don’t want to make any decisions based on false information you may have heard someplace. If we inform you a hearing aid would be beneficial, that’s would be a great opportunity to ask educated questions.
Knowing what kinds of hearing devices are available and what your preferences may be can help speed up the process and help you get better information.
3. Go over your medical history
This one will also help the process go smoother after diagnosis. Write down your medical history before you visit us for your assessment. Include major medical incidents and also minor ones. You should note things like:
- Major or minor surgical procedures that you have had.
- Medications you’re currently taking.
- Medical equipment you might currently be using.
- Medication interactions and allergies.
- Any history of sickness or health problems (you don’t need to note every cold, but anything that sticks out).
4. Loud noisy settings should be shunned
If you go to a booming rock concert the night before your hearing assessment, it’s going to impact the outcome. Likewise, if you check-out an airshow the morning before your exam, the results will not be reliable. The point here is that you need to steer clear of loud noises before you come in for your hearing test. This will help ensure your results are accurate and reveal your current hearing health.
5. Before your appointment, check with your insurance company
It can be somewhat confusing sorting out what portions of your visit will be covered by insurance. If your hearing loss is part of a medical problem, some insurance plans will cover it. But other plans might not. You will be much more confident at your appointment if you get this all squared away before you come in. We can also help you in certain instances. If we can’t, you will have to speak directly with your insurance company.
6. Bring a friend or family member in with you
There are several considerable advantages to bringing a relative or friend with you to your hearing exam, though it’s not entirely necessary. Among the most prominent advantages are the following:
- You’re likely to go over a lot of information during your exam. Later, after the appointment, you will have an easier time remembering all of the information we give you if someone else is there with you.
- Even when you can’t tell that you have hearing loss, people close to you will absolutely be aware of it. So our exam and diagnosis will be determined by much deeper and more detailed information.
7. Be ready for your results
With many medical diagnostics, it may be days or weeks before you get your results. But with a hearing test, that’s not the situation. Similar to the bubble-sheet tests that got fed through the scantron machine when you were in college, you get your results right away.
And even better, we’ll help you understand what your results mean and how you can enhance your overall hearing health. Perhaps that’s a hearing aid, maybe it’s some changes to your behavior, or some hearing protection. Either way, you’ll know it immediately.
So, you don’t need to cram for your hearing test. But being ready will be helpful, especially for you.