You completely spaced your hearing test tomorrow, but that’s not really surprising, you’ve been really busy. Fortunately, you just got that reminder text from us, and you still have some time to get ready. 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. With a hearing exam, it’s more about trying to remember everything you need to know about your symptoms. Getting the most out of your time with us is what getting ready for your hearing test is really about.
Get prepared using these 7 tips!
1. Put together a list of your symptoms (and when they manifest)
Hearing loss doesn’t manifest the same way for everybody all the time. Some symptoms might be more dominant than others. So take a few notes on when your symptoms are most pronounced before your appointment. You can write things down like:
- Was it difficult to hear the television? How loud is the volume? And do you experience that it’s more difficult to hear at night than in the morning?
- When you’re out in a busy restaurant, do you struggle to hear conversations? Does that occur a lot?
- Do you find yourself losing focus during meetings at work? Does this normally happen in the morning? All day?
- Is talking on the phone difficult? Record times when it’s more difficult to understand people than normal.
We find this kind of information very helpful. If you can, take note of the time and day these instances occurred. At least observe the occurrence of the symptoms if you can’t record the times.
2. Get some information about hearing aids
How complete is your knowledge about hearing aids? You don’t want to make any decisions founded on false information you may have picked up someplace. An ideal opportunity to get some valid info is when we advise you that hearing aids would help you.
You will get better information and the process will be accelerated when you know what kinds of hearing devices are available and understand what your preferences are.
3. Consider your medical past
This is another instance when writing something down can help speed up the post-hearing-test-conversation. 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:
- Medical equipment you may presently be using.
- Operations you’ve undergone, both major or minor.
- Illness or diseases you’ve experienced that stick out in your mind.
- What kind of medication you take.
- Medication interactions and allergies.
4. Stay away from loud noises and noisy settings
If you have a hearing test scheduled and you go to a loud concert the night before, the outcome will be skewed. Similarly, if you check-out an airshow the morning before your test, the results will not be correct. You can see where we’re going with this: you want to protect your ears from loud noises before your hearing exam. This will ensure the results are a reliable reflection of the current health of your hearing.
5. Before you come in, check with your insurance company
It can be a bit confusing sorting out what portions of your visit will be covered by insurance. If your hearing loss is part of a medical condition, some insurance plans will cover it. But other plans may not. It’s a good plan to get all of this figured out before your appointment, so you’re more confident about what you can expect. In some cases, you can work directly with us to get insurance answers. If not, you can talk to your insurance company directly.
6. Ask somebody to come in with you
There are some significant benefits to bringing a relative or friend with you to your hearing exam, though it’s not absolutely necessary. amongst the most prominent benefits are the following:
- When you’re at your exam, a lot of information will be discussed. Later, 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 recognize 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 definitive diagnosis or exam.
7. Be prepared for your results
With many medical diagnostics, it might be days or weeks before you get your diagnosis. But with a hearing test, that’s not the case. With a hearing exam, you will get the results right away.
And what’s even better, we’ll show you how you can enhance your general 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. Either way, you’ll know it right away.
So there’s no need to overthink it. But being prepared will be helpful, especially for you.