You’re a pretty busy person, so it’s understandable that you totally forgot about the hearing exam you have scheduled for tomorrow. Luckily, you just got that reminder text from us, and you still have some time to prepare. So… what should you do?
You won’t have to stay up all night preparing for a hearing test like you did in school the night before a big exam. Preparing for a hearing exam is more about thinking over your symptoms and making certain 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 yourself prepped and ready!
1. Put together a list of your symptoms (and when they manifest)
Hearing loss doesn’t manifest the same way for everybody all the time. There may be some symptoms that are apparent and others that are more discreet. So take a few notes on when your symptoms are most pronounced before your appointment. You can jot things down like:
- Do you find yourself losing focus during meetings at work? Does this normally happen in the morning? All day?
- Did you have difficulty making out a conversation while dining out in a crowded restaurant? Does that occur a lot?
- Was it hard to hear the tv? How loud is the volume? And do you experience that it’s more difficult to hear at night than in the morning?
- Is it frustrating to carry on conversations on the phone? Keep track of times when it’s harder to hear people than normal.
We find this kind of information very useful. If you can, note the time and day these symptoms occurred. At least observe the occurrence of the symptoms if you can’t record the times.
2. Get some information about hearing aids
How complete is your knowledge about hearing aids? You don’t want to make any decisions founded on false information you may have heard someplace. 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 out there and what your preferences might be can help speed along the process and help you get better answers.
3. Review your medical history
This is another time when writing things down can help speed up the post-hearing-test-conversation. Write down your medical history before you come in for your appointment. Include major medical occurrences and also minor ones. You should note things like:
- Allergies and reactions to medications.
- Medications you’re currently taking.
- Any history of illness or disease (you don’t have to note every cold, but anything that sticks out).
- Surgeries you’ve undergone, both major or minor.
- Any medical apparatuses you use.
4. Loud noisy environments should be avoided
If you attend a loud rock concert the night 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 accurate. You can see where we’re going with this: you want to safeguard your ears from loud noises before your hearing test. This will help ensure your results are accurate and reflect your current hearing health.
5. Check with your insurance beforehand
The way that health insurance and hearing tests work together can be… perplexing. If your hearing loss is part of a medical condition, some insurance plans will cover it. But not all plans will. 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 instances. If we can’t, you will need to speak directly with your insurance company.
6. Ask somebody to come with you
Bringing a trusted friend or loved one with you to a hearing appointment isn’t strictly necessary, but it can provide several benefits. amongst the most prominent advantages are the following:
- Even when you can’t tell that you have hearing loss, people close to you will certainly be aware of it. This means that we will have access to even more insight to help make an accurate diagnosis or exam.
- You’re likely to go over a lot of information during your appointment. Having a trusted friend or family member with you can help you remember all of that information when you get home.
7. The results will come fairly quickly
With many medical diagnostics, it may be days or weeks before you get your results. But that’s not the case with a hearing test. With a hearing exam, you will get the results immediately.
And even better, we’ll help you understand what your results mean and how you can improve your overall hearing health. Perhaps that’s a hearing aid, maybe it’s some changes to your behavior, or some hearing protection. You’ll know immediately either way.
So you don’t have to overthink it. But it is helpful, mostly for you, to be prepared!