You completely spaced your hearing exam tomorrow, but that’s not really unusual, you’re really busy. Thankfully, you just got that reminder text from us, and you still have a few hours to get ready. So how should I get ready?
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. With a hearing exam, it’s more about attempting 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.
Here are 7 simple ways to get yourself prepped and ready!
1. List out all of your symptoms and when they manifest
Hearing loss doesn’t present the same way for everyone all the time. There may be some symptoms that are obvious and others that are more discreet. So, before your appointment, it’s a good plan to begin taking a few notes on when your hearing loss is most significant. Some things you can write down include:
- Was it hard to hear the television? How loud is the volume? And do you have a more difficult time hearing at night?
- During meetings at work, do you lose focus? What time during the day is this most prevalent?
- When you’re out in a crowded restaurant, do you strain to hear conversations? Does that occur a lot?
- Is talking on the phone difficult? Monitor times when it’s more difficult to hear people than normal.
This kind of information is extremely useful for us. Take note of the day and time of these symptoms if you can. At least note the occurrence of the symptoms if you can’t record the times.
2. Get some information about hearing aids
How much do you actually know about hearing aids? You don’t want to make any decisions based on false information you might have heard somewhere. A good opportunity to get some valid info is when we advise you that hearing aids would help you.
Knowing what types of hearing devices are out there and what your preferences may be can help speed up the process and help you get better answers.
3. Go over your medical history
This one will also help the process go faster after diagnosis. Before you come in, you should take a little time to write down your medical history. This should include both major and minor situations. You should write down things like:
- Operations you’ve had, both major or minor.
- Medication interactions and allergies.
- Sickness or diseases you’ve experienced that stand out in your mind.
- What kind of medication you take.
- Any medical equipment you use.
4. Loud noisy settings should be shunned
If you go to a loud rock concert the night before your hearing test, it’s going to impact the outcome. Likewise, 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 assessment. This will help ensure your results are reliable and reflect your current hearing health.
5. Consult your insurance beforehand
It can be somewhat challenging sorting out what parts of your visit will be covered by insurance. If your hearing impairment 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 look forward to. In some instances, you can work directly with us to get answers about insurance. If we can’t, you will have to speak directly with your insurance company.
6. Bring a family member or friend in with you
Bringing a trusted friend or loved one with you to a hearing appointment isn’t absolutely necessary, but it can present numerous benefits. amongst the most notable advantages are the following:
- When you’re at your appointment, a lot of information will be covered. Having a dependable friend or family member with you can help you remember all of that information later.
- Even when you aren’t aware that you have hearing impairment, people close to you will absolutely be aware of it. So our exam and diagnosis will be determined by much deeper and more comprehensive information.
7. The results will come fairly quickly
It may be days or even weeks before you get the results of many medical diagnostics. But with a hearing exam, that’s not the case. With a hearing exam, you will get the results immediately.
And what’s even better, we’ll show you how you can improve your overall hearing health and walk you through the meaning of your results. Maybe that’s a hearing aid, maybe it’s some changes to your lifestyle, or some hearing protection. You’ll know immediately either way.
So there’s no need to overthink it. But it is helpful, mostly for you, to be prepared!