You’re a pretty busy person, so it’s reasonable that you totally forgot about the hearing test you have scheduled for tomorrow. It’s a good thing we sent out a reminder text so you should have time to prepare. So… what should you do?
Hearing exams aren’t like those days in college or high school where you’d have to stay up all night to study for a test. Getting ready for a hearing test 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 test is really about.
Here are 7 easy ways to get yourself prepped and ready!
1. Create a list of your symptoms (and when they manifest)
The symptoms of hearing loss vary from person to person and at different times. Some symptoms may be more prominent than others. So take some notes on when your symptoms are most noticeable before you come see us. You can jot things down like:
- Is talking on the phone difficult? Note times when hearing the person on the other end is harder.
- Did you have a hard time hearing the TV? How high is the volume? And do you have a harder time hearing at night?
- Do you find yourself losing focus during meetings at work? Does this normally occur in the morning? All day?
- Did you have trouble following a conversation while eating out in a packed restaurant? If so, how frequently does that take place?
We find this kind of information very useful. Take note of the day and time of these symptoms if possible. If you can’t, just note that they did happen.
2. Research hearing aids
How complete is your knowledge about hearing aids? It’s an important question because you don’t want to make any decisions based on what you presume. If we tell you a hearing aid would be worthwhile, that’s going to be the perfect opportunity to ask informed questions.
Knowing what kinds of hearing devices are available and what your preferences might be can help speed up the process and help you get better answers.
3. Consider your medical past
This one will also help the process go faster after diagnosis. Before you come in, you should take some time to write down your medical history. This should consist of both major and minor incidents. You should note things like:
- Medical devices you might currently be using.
- Medication interactions and allergies.
- Operations you’ve had, both major or minor.
- Medications you’re currently taking.
- Any history of sickness or health problems (you don’t have to note every cold, but anything that sticks out).
4. Avoid loud noises and noisy settings
If you have a hearing exam scheduled and you attend a loud concert the night before, the results will be skewed. Similarly, if you check-out an airshow the morning before your exam, the results will not be accurate. You can see where we’re going with this: you want to safeguard your ears from loud noises before your hearing exam. This will help ensure your results are accurate and reflect your current hearing health.
5. Check with your insurance ahead of time
The way that health insurance and hearing tests work together can be… bewildering. If your hearing impairment is related to a medical problem, some insurance plans will cover it. But other plans may not. You will be a lot 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. If not, you can speak to your insurance company directly.
6. Ask somebody to come with you
There are some significant benefits to bringing a relative or friend with you to your hearing test, though it’s not entirely necessary. Among the most prominent benefits are the following:
- Even when you aren’t aware that you have hearing loss, people close to you will certainly be aware of it. This means that we will have access to even more information to help make a precise diagnosis or exam.
- You’re likely to go over a lot of info at your exam. Having a trusted friend or family member with you can help you remember all of that information when you get home.
7. The results will come fairly quickly
With many medical diagnostics, it may be days or weeks before you get your results. But that’s not the case with a hearing exam. 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 improve your overall hearing health. Perhaps that’s a hearing aid, maybe it’s some changes to your behavior, or some hearing protection. You’ll know rather quickly either way.
So you don’t have to overthink it. But being ready will be helpful, especially for you.