You completely forgot your hearing test tomorrow, but that’s not really surprising, you’ve been very busy. Thankfully, you just got that reminder text from us, and you still have some time to get ready. So what should I do to get ready?
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 regarding your symptoms. In other words, getting ready for your hearing exam is really about ensuring you get as much out of your time with us as you can.
Here are 7 easy ways to get yourself prepped and ready!
1. Make a list of your symptoms (and when they occur)
Hearing loss doesn’t manifest the same way for everyone all the time. There may be some symptoms that are obvious and others that are more subtle. So take a few notes on when your symptoms are most pronounced before you come see us. You can write things down like:
- Did you have trouble following a conversation while eating out in a busy restaurant? If so, how frequently does that occur?
- During meetings at work, do you lose focus? What time during the day is this most prevalent?
- Was it hard to hear the tv? Do you have it cranked way up? And do you notice that it’s harder to hear later in the evening than in the morning?
- Is it frustrating to have conversations on the phone? Take note of times when understanding the person on the other end is more difficult.
We find this kind of information very useful. If you can, take note of the time and day these instances occurred. At least observe the occurrence of the symptoms if you can’t remember the times.
2. Get some info about 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 influenced by what you think you know. A good time to get some accurate info is when we advise you that hearing aids would help you.
Knowing what types of hearing devices are available and what your preferences might be can help speed up the process and help you get better information.
3. Go over your medical history
This one will also help the process go smoother after diagnosis. Write down your medical history before you come in for your assessment. This should include both major and minor situations. Here are some examples:
- Surgeries you’ve had, both major or minor.
- What kind of medication you take.
- Allergies and reactions to medicines.
- Any history of sickness or health problems (you don’t have to note every cold, but anything that sticks out).
- Medical devices you may currently use.
4. Loud noisy settings should be shunned
If you have a hearing exam scheduled and you go to a loud concert the night before, the results will be skewed. Likewise, if you go to 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 protect your ears from loud noises before your hearing assessment. This will help ensure your results are reliable and reflect your current hearing health.
5. Before you come in, check with your insurance company
It can be somewhat confusing sorting out what parts of your appointment will be covered by insurance. If your hearing loss is part of a medical problem, some insurance plans will cover it. 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 expect. We can also help you in some situations. If we can’t, you will need to speak directly with your insurance company.
6. Ask somebody to come in with you
Bringing a loved one or trusted friend with you to a hearing appointment isn’t absolutely necessary, but it can present several benefits. Among 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 information to help make a precise diagnosis or exam.
- You’re likely to go over a lot of information during your exam. Having a trusted friend or loved one 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 might be days or weeks before you get your results. But with a hearing test, that’s not the situation. 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 improve your overall hearing health and walk you through what your results mean. That could mean using some ear protection or some lifestyle changes or maybe hearing aids. Either way, you’ll know it right away.
So, you won’t have to cram for your hearing test. But being prepared will be helpful, particularly for you.