You completely forgot your hearing test tomorrow, but that’s not very surprising, you’ve been really busy. Thankfully, you just received that reminder text from us, and you still have a few hours to get ready. So… what should you do?
You won’t have to stay awake all night cramming for a hearing test like you did in school the night before a big exam. With a hearing test, it’s more about trying to remember everything you need to know about your symptoms. Essentially, preparing for your hearing exam is really about making certain you get as much out of your time with us as possible.
Here are 7 easy ways to get prepped and ready!
1. Make a list of your symptoms (and when they manifest)
The symptoms of hearing impairment differ from person to person and at different times. Some symptoms might be more pronounced than others. So, before you come in, it’s a good plan to start taking a few notes on when your hearing loss is most noticeable. You can jot things down like:
- Do you find yourself losing focus during meetings at work? What time during the day is this most prominent?
- Is talking on the phone difficult? Record times when it’s more difficult to understand people than usual.
- Was it hard to hear the tv? How high is the volume? And do you experience that it’s more difficult to hear later in the evening than in the morning?
- When you’re out in a crowded restaurant, do you struggle to hear conversations? If so, how often does that take place?
This type of information is extremely useful for us. 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 helpful, that’s would be an ideal time to ask educated questions.
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 smoother after diagnosis. Before your appointment, you should take a little time to jot down your medical history. This should include both major and minor situations. Here are some examples:
- Allergies and reactions to medications.
- Operations you’ve had, both major or minor.
- What kind of medication you take.
- Any history of sickness or health problems (you don’t need to note every cold, but anything that stands out).
- Any medical equipment you use.
4. Avoid loud noises and noisy settings
If you go to a loud rock concert the night before your hearing test, it’s going to affect the results The results will be similarly skewed if you go to an airshow the day of your exam. 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 state of your hearing.
5. Before you come in, consult your insurance company
It can be somewhat confusing sorting out what parts of your appointment will be covered by insurance. Some plans may cover your hearing assessment, particularly if it’s part of a medical disorder. But other plans might 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. We can also help you in certain situations. If we can’t, you will need to speak directly with your insurance company.
6. Bring a friend or family member 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. Among the most prominent benefits are the following:
- You’re likely to go over a lot of info at your appointment. Having a trusted 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 certainly be aware of it. This means that we will have access to even more insight to help make a definitive diagnosis or exam.
7. The results will come fairly quickly
It might be days or even weeks before you get the results of many medical diagnostics. But that’s not the case with a hearing test. Similar to the bubble-sheet tests that were fed through the scantron machine when you were in college, you get your results right away.
And better yet, we’ll help you understand what your results mean and how you can improve your general hearing health. Maybe 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, you won’t have to cram for your hearing test. But being prepared will be helpful, especially for you.