You totally forgot your hearing test tomorrow, but that’s not really surprising, you’ve been very busy. It’s a good thing we sent you a reminder text so you should have a few hours to prepare. So… what should you do?
Hearing tests aren’t like back in college or high school where you’d have to pull an all-nighter to study for a test. Preparing for a hearing exam is more about thinking through 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 exam is really about.
Get prepared using these 7 tips!
1. List out all of your symptoms and when you experience them
Hearing loss doesn’t present the same way for everyone all the time. Some symptoms may be more dominant than others. So take some notes on when your symptoms are most pronounced before your appointment. Some things you can list out include:
- Did you have a difficult time hearing the TV? How loud is the volume? And do you have a harder time hearing at night?
- Is having phone conversations difficult? Note times when hearing the person on the other end is harder.
- Did you have issues following a conversation while eating out in a busy restaurant? Does that happen frequently?
- Do you find yourself losing concentration in meetings at work? Does this normally happen in the morning? All day?
We find this kind of information very helpful. If you can, note the time and date these instances occurred. If you can’t, just remember that they did happen.
2. Get some info about hearing aids
How much do you really know about hearing aids? You don’t want to make any decisions founded on false information you might have picked up somewhere. If we inform you a hearing aid would be worthwhile, that’s going to be a great moment to ask informed questions.
You will get better information and the process will be accelerated when you know what types of hearing devices are available and understand what your preferences are.
3. Consider your medical past
This one will also help the process go faster after your appointment. Write down your medical history before you come in for your assessment. Include major medical incidents and also minor ones. You should write down things like:
- Medication interactions and allergies.
- Any medical apparatuses you use.
- Major or minor surgeries that you have undergone.
- Any history of illness or health problems (you don’t have to note every cold, but anything that sticks out).
- What kind of medication you take.
4. Loud noisy environments should be shunned
If you have a hearing exam scheduled and you go to a loud concert the night before, the results will be impacted. The results will be similarly impacted if you go to an airshow the day of your test. 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. Before your appointment, talk to your insurance company
The way that health insurance and hearing tests interact can be… confusing. Some plans might cover your hearing exam, particularly if it’s part of a medical condition. But not all plans will. You will be far 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 answers about insurance. Otherwise, you can talk to your insurance company directly.
6. Bring a family member or friend in with you
There are some important benefits to bringing a relative or friend with you to your hearing exam, though it’s not entirely necessary. Among the most notable advantages are the following:
- You’re likely to go over a lot of information during your appointment. Later, after the appointment, you will have an easier time recalling all of the information we give you if somebody else is there with you.
- Even when you aren’t aware that you have hearing loss, people close to you will certainly be aware of it. So our test and diagnosis will be based on much deeper and more comprehensive information.
7. Be ready for your results
It might be days or even weeks before you receive the results of many medical diagnostics. But that’s not the situation with a hearing exam. Just like the bubble-sheet tests that got fed through the scantron machine when you were in college, you get your results immediately.
And what’s even better, we’ll show you how you can enhance your overall hearing health and walk you through what your results mean. That might mean using some hearing protection or some behavioral changes or maybe hearing aids. You’ll know immediately either way.
So you don’t have to overthink it. But being ready will be helpful, especially for you.