Getting Ready for Your Hearing Test – 7 Tips

Smiling woman with short curly black hair wearing a green button up shirt excitedly waiting for her hearing test to begin in a sound booth

You’re a really busy person, so it’s reasonable that you completely forgot about the hearing exam you have scheduled for tomorrow. It’s a good thing we sent you a reminder text so you should have time to prepare. So… what should you do?

Hearing tests aren’t like back in college or high school where you’d have to stay up all night to study for an exam. With a hearing exam, it’s more about trying to remember everything you need to know regarding your symptoms. Essentially, preparing for your hearing test is really about making certain you get as much out of your time with us as you can.

Get prepared using these 7 tips!

1. List out all of your symptoms and when they manifest

Hearing loss doesn’t present the same way for everybody all the time. Some symptoms may be more pronounced than others. So take some notes on when your symptoms are most pronounced before your appointment. You can jot things down like:

  • During meetings at work, do you lose focus? What time during the day is this most prevalent?
  • Is it a challenge to carry on conversations on the phone? Note times when understanding the person on the other end is harder.
  • When you’re out in a crowded restaurant, do you struggle to keep up with conversations? If so, how frequently does that occur?
  • Was it hard to hear the television? Do you have it cranked way up? And do you have a more difficult time hearing at night?

We find this type of information very useful. If you can, take note of the time and day these instances occurred. If you can’t, just remember that they did occur.

2. Do some research on hearing aids

How accurate is your knowledge 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 would 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 along the process and help you get better answers.

3. Consider your medical past

This one will also help the process go faster after your appointment. Before your appointment, you should take some time to jot down your medical history. Write down major medical incidents and also minor ones. Here are some examples:

  • 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.
  • Allergies and reactions to medicines.
  • Any medical apparatuses you use.
  • Major or minor surgical procedures that you have undergone.

4. Loud noisy environments should be avoided

If you go to a loud rock concert the night before your hearing assessment, it’s going to affect the outcome. Similarly, if you go to an airshow the morning before your test, the results will not be correct. The point here is that you need to steer clear of loud noises before you come in for your hearing exam. This will ensure the results are a reliable reflection of the current health of your hearing.

5. Check with your insurance ahead of time

The way that health insurance and hearing tests interact can be… perplexing. Some plans might cover your hearing exam, particularly if it’s part of a medical condition. But not all plans will. You will be a great deal more confident at your appointment if you get this all squared away before you come in. In some situations, you can work directly with us to get answers about insurance. Otherwise, you can speak to your insurance company directly.

6. Bring a family member or friend in with you

There are several considerable 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:

  • You don’t always know when your hearing isn’t working right but it’s a safe bet your spouse or partner does! So our exam and diagnosis will be based on much deeper and more comprehensive information.
  • When you’re at your exam, a lot of information will be covered. Having a trusted friend or family member with you can help you remember all of that information later.

7. Be ready for your results

It might be days or even weeks before you receive the results of many medical diagnostics. But with a hearing exam, that’s not the situation. With a hearing exam, you will get the results right away.

And even better, we’ll walk you through what your results mean and how you can enhance your overall hearing health. That could mean using some ear protection or some behavioral changes or perhaps hearing aids. You’ll know rather quickly either way.

So you don’t have to overthink it. But being prepared will be helpful, especially for you.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.