You’re a pretty busy person, so it’s reasonable that you completely forgot about the hearing exam you have scheduled for tomorrow. Fortunately, you just got that reminder text from us, and you still have some time to get ready. So… what should you do?
You won’t have to stay up all night cramming for a hearing test like you did in school the night before a big exam. 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 preparing for your hearing test is really about.
Here are 7 simple ways to get prepped and ready!
1. Create a list of your symptoms (and when they occur)
The symptoms of hearing loss vary from person to person and at different times. Some symptoms might be more prominent than others. So, before you come in, it’s a good plan to begin taking some notes on when your hearing loss is most noticeable. Some things you can list out include:
- Is it frustrating to carry on conversations on the phone? Note times when hearing the person on the other end is more difficult.
- Did you have a difficult time hearing the TV? How high is the volume? And do you have a more difficult time hearing at night?
- Did you have difficulty following a conversation while dining out in a packed restaurant? If so, how frequently does that happen?
- During meetings at work, do you lose focus? Does this normally occur in the morning? All day?
This type of information is extremely useful for us. Take note of the day and time of these symptoms if you can. If you can’t, just note that they did occur.
2. Do some research on hearing aids
How accurate is your knowledge about hearing aids? It’s an important question because you don’t want to make any decisions based on what you think you know. If we inform you a hearing aid would be worthwhile, that’s would be an ideal time to ask educated questions.
Knowing what types of hearing devices are available and what your preferences may be can help speed along the process and help you get better answers.
3. Go over your medical history
This is another instance when writing something down can help hasten the post-hearing-test-conversation. Write down your medical history before you visit us for your exam. This should consist of both major and minor situations. You should note things like:
- What kind of medication you take.
- Any medical apparatuses you use.
- Illness or diseases you’ve experienced that stand out in your mind.
- Medication interactions and allergies.
- Surgeries you’ve had, both major or minor.
4. Avoid loud noises and noisy settings
If you go to a loud rock concert the day before your hearing assessment, it’s going to affect the results Similarly, if you check-out an airshow the morning before your exam, the results will not be correct. You can see where we’re going with this: you want to safeguard your ears from loud noises before your hearing assessment. This will ensure the results are a reliable reflection of the current health of your hearing.
5. Consult your insurance ahead of time
The way that health insurance and hearing tests work together can be… perplexing. Some plans might cover your hearing assessment, particularly if it’s related to a medical disorder. But other plans might not. It’s a good plan to get all of this squared away before your appointment, so you’re more confident about what you can look forward to. We can also help you in certain cases. Otherwise, you can speak to your insurance company directly.
6. Bring a friend or family member in with you
Bringing a loved one or trusted friend with you to a hearing appointment isn’t strictly necessary, but it can provide numerous advantages. amongst the most prominent benefits are the following:
- You don’t always recognize when your hearing isn’t functioning correctly but it’s a good bet your spouse or partner does! So our exam and diagnosis will be based on much deeper and more detailed information.
- When you’re at your exam, a lot of information will be covered. 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.
7. The results will come fairly quickly
With many medical diagnostics, it might be days or weeks before you get your diagnosis. But that’s not the case with a hearing exam. Just like the bubble-sheet tests that were fed through the scantron machine when you were in college, you get your results immediately.
And better yet, we’ll help you understand what your results mean and how you can enhance your general hearing health. 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 there’s no need to overthink it. But it is helpful, mainly for you, to be prepared!