You’re a really busy person, so it’s understandable that you totally forgot about the hearing test you have scheduled for tomorrow. Fortunately, you just received that reminder text from us, and you still have some time to get ready. So… what should you do?
Hearing exams aren’t like those days in college or high school where you’d have to pull an all-nighter to study for an exam. Getting ready for a hearing exam is more about thinking through your symptoms and making sure you don’t forget anything. Getting the most out of your time with us is what getting ready for your hearing test is really about.
Here are 7 easy ways to get yourself prepped and ready!
1. Make a list of your symptoms (and when they happen)
The symptoms of hearing loss vary from person to person and at different times. There might be some symptoms that are apparent and others that are more discreet. So take some notes on when your symptoms are most pronounced before your appointment. Some things you can write down include:
- Did you have a difficult time hearing the TV? Do you have it turned way up? And do you notice that it’s harder to hear later in the evening than in the morning?
- Do you find yourself losing focus in meetings at work? Does this normally occur in the morning? All day?
- When you’re out in a busy restaurant, do you struggle to keep up with conversations? Does that happen frequently?
- Is it challenging to carry on conversations on the phone? Take note of times when understanding the person on the other end is more difficult.
We find this type of information very helpful. Note the day and time of these symptoms if you can. At least observe the occurrence of the symptoms if you can’t record the times.
2. Get some information about 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. A good opportunity to get some valid info is when we inform you that hearing aids would help you.
Knowing what kinds 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. Think about 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. This should include both major and minor incidents. Here are a few examples:
- Operations you’ve had, both major or minor.
- Allergies and reactions to medications.
- Sickness or diseases you’ve experienced that stick out in your mind.
- Medical devices you may presently be using.
- What kind of medication you take.
4. Stay away from loud noises and noisy environments
If you have a hearing exam scheduled and you go to a loud concert the night before, the results will be impacted. Likewise, 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 assessment. This will help ensure your results are accurate and reflect your current hearing health.
5. Before your appointment, consult your insurance company
It can be somewhat confusing sorting out what parts of your appointment will be covered by insurance. Some plans might cover your hearing test, particularly if it’s related to a medical condition. But other plans might not. You will be a great deal more confident at your appointment if you get this all squared away before you come in. We can also help you in some 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 considerable benefits to bringing a friend or relative with you to your hearing test, though it’s not absolutely necessary. Among the most prominent benefits are the following:
- When you’re at your appointment, a lot of information will be discussed. Later, after the appointment, you will have an easier time remembering all of the information we give you if someone else is there with you.
- Even when you aren’t aware that you have hearing impairment, people close to you will absolutely be aware of it. This means that we will have access to even more information to help make a definitive diagnosis or exam.
7. The results will come fairly quickly
With many medical diagnostics, it could be days or weeks before you get your results. But that’s not the situation with a hearing test. Just like the bubble-sheet tests that got fed through the scantron machine when you were in college, you get your results right away.
And what’s even better, we’ll show you how to enhance your overall hearing health and help you understand what your results mean. 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 don’t have to overthink it. But it is helpful, mostly for you, to be prepared!