You’re a fairly busy person, so it’s understandable that you totally forgot about the hearing test you have scheduled for tomorrow. Luckily, you just got that reminder text from us, and you still have a few hours to prepare. So… what should you do?
Hearing exams aren’t like back in college or high school where you’d have to pull an all-nighter to study for an exam. With a hearing test, it’s more about attempting to remember everything you need to know about your symptoms. 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. List out all of your symptoms and when they manifest
The symptoms of hearing impairment differ from person to person and at different times. There may be some symptoms that are apparent and others that are more subtle. So, before you come in, it’s a good plan to start taking a few notes on when your hearing loss is most pronounced. Some things you can list out include:
- Did you have difficulty following a conversation while eating out in a busy restaurant? If so, how frequently does that take place?
- During meetings at work, do you lose focus? What time during the day is this most prevalent?
- Is it a challenge to have conversations on the phone? Take note of times when hearing the person on the other end is more difficult.
- Did you have a hard time hearing the TV? Do you have it turned way up? And do you experience that it’s harder to hear later in the evening than in the morning?
We find this type of information very useful. Note the day and time of these symptoms if possible. At least note the occurrence of the symptoms if you can’t remember the times.
2. Get some information about hearing aids
How accurate is your knowledge about hearing aids? It’s a relevant question because you don’t want to make any decisions influenced by what you think you know. If we tell you a hearing aid would be beneficial, 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 up the process and help you get better information.
3. Think about your medical past
This one will also help the process go faster after diagnosis. Before your appointment, you should take some time to jot down your medical history. This should include both major and minor situations. You should write down things like:
- Allergies and reactions to medications.
- Any medical apparatuses you use.
- What kind of medication you take.
- Operations you’ve had, both major or minor.
- Any history of sickness or disease (you don’t have to note every cold, but anything that sticks out).
4. Loud noisy environments should be shunned
If you have a hearing test scheduled and you attend a loud concert the night before, the outcome will be impacted. Similarly, if you go to an airshow the morning before your test, the results will not be accurate. The point here is that you need to steer clear of loud noises before you come in for your hearing exam. This will help ensure your results are accurate and reveal your current hearing health.
5. Talk to your insurance in advance
It can be somewhat challenging sorting out what parts of your visit will be covered by insurance. Some plans may cover your hearing assessment, particularly if it’s part of a medical disorder. But not all plans will. It’s a good idea to get all of this figured out before your appointment, so you’re more confident about what you can look forward to. In some instances, you can work directly with us to get answers about insurance. Otherwise, you can talk to your insurance company directly.
6. Bring a friend or family member in with you
Bringing a trusted friend or loved one with you to a hearing appointment isn’t absolutely necessary, but it can present numerous benefits. Among the most notable benefits are the following:
- 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 an accurate diagnosis or exam.
- You’re likely to cover a lot of info during your exam. When you get home, after the appointment, you will have an easier time recalling all of the information we give you if somebody else is there with you.
7. Be ready for your results
With many medical diagnostics, it could be days or weeks before you get your diagnosis. But that’s not the case with a hearing exam. Similar to the bubble-sheet tests that got fed through the scantron machine when you were in college, you get your results immediately.
And what’s even better, we’ll show you how you can enhance your general 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. You’ll know rather quickly either way.
So you don’t have to overthink it. But being ready will be helpful, especially for you.