You totally forgot your hearing exam tomorrow, but that’s not very surprising, you’ve been very busy. It’s a good thing we sent out a reminder text so you should have a few hours to prepare. So… what should you do?
Hearing tests aren’t like those days in college or high school where you’d have to stay up all night to study for an exam. Getting ready for a hearing exam is more about thinking through your symptoms and making certain you don’t forget anything. Getting the most out of your time with us is what getting ready for your hearing exam is really about.
Here are 7 simple ways to get yourself prepped and ready!
1. Create a list of your symptoms (and when they happen)
The symptoms of hearing loss differ from person to person and at different times. There may be some symptoms that are obvious and others that are more subtle. So take some notes on when your symptoms are most noticeable before your appointment. Some things you can write down include:
- Is talking on the phone difficult? Take note of times when hearing the person on the other end is more difficult.
- Do you find yourself losing concentration during meetings at work? What time during the day is this most prevalent?
- Did you have issues hearing a conversation while dining out in a crowded restaurant? Does that happen a lot?
- Was it difficult to hear the television? How loud is the volume? And do you have a more difficult time hearing at night?
This type of information is very useful for us. Note the day and time of these symptoms if you can. If you can’t, just remember that they did happen.
2. Research hearing aids
How much do you really know about hearing aids? It’s an important question because you don’t want to make any decisions based on what you think you know. An ideal opportunity to get some valid info is when we inform you that hearing aids would benefit you.
Knowing what kinds of hearing devices are available and what your preferences may be can help speed along the process and help you get better information.
3. Go over your medical history
This is another moment when writing something down can help quicken the post-hearing-test-conversation. Write down your medical history before you visit us for your appointment. Include major medical occurrences and also minor ones. Here are a few examples:
- Medications you’re currently taking.
- Allergies and reactions to medicines.
- Major or minor surgical procedures that you have had.
- Sickness or diseases you’ve had that stick out in your mind.
- Medical devices you might currently be using.
4. Avoid loud sounds and noisy environments
If you have a hearing exam 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 exam, the results will not be reliable. You can see where we’re going with this: you want to safeguard your ears from loud noises before your hearing exam. This will help ensure your results are reliable and reflect your current hearing health.
5. Before you come in, consult your insurance company
The way that health insurance and hearing tests interact can be… bewildering. Some plans might cover your hearing test, particularly if it’s part of a medical condition. But not all plans will. It’s a good plan to get all of this squared away before your appointment, so you’re more confident about what you can expect. We can also help you in certain instances. If we can’t, you will have to speak directly with your insurance company.
6. Ask somebody to come with you
There are several important advantages to bringing a relative or friend with you to your hearing exam, though it’s not absolutely necessary. Among the most prominent advantages are the following:
- When you’re at your appointment, a lot of information will be discussed. When you get home, after the appointment, you will have an easier time remembering all of the information we give you if somebody else is there with you.
- Even when you can’t tell that you have hearing impairment, people close to you will absolutely be aware of it. So our test and diagnosis will be based on much deeper and more detailed information.
7. Be prepared for your results
It may be days or even weeks before you receive the results of many medical diagnostics. But that’s not the situation with a hearing exam. With a hearing exam, you will get the results immediately.
And what’s even better, we’ll show you how you can enhance your overall hearing health and help you understand the meaning of your results. Perhaps that’s a hearing aid, maybe it’s some changes to your behavior, or some ear protection. Either way, you’ll know it immediately.
So, you won’t need to cram for your hearing exam. But being ready will be helpful, particularly for you.