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You’re a fairly busy person, so it’s reasonable that you completely forgot about the hearing exam you have scheduled. It’s a good thing you got a text from the clinic reminding you in time for you to get ready. So… what should you do?

The success of your appointment will be improved with just a little bit of simple prep.

7 steps to prepare for your hearing test

Here are seven significant steps to make sure you’re completely prepared:

Take note of your symptoms

Hearing loss manifests differently for everybody and across a variety of situations. Whenever you observe that you’re in a situation where you’re having hearing problems, jot it down. For instance, do you struggle to hear the television, especially at certain volumes or times of the day? Are conversations difficult to follow in crowded places like restaurants? Write down these situations, along with the time and date, to provide your hearing specialist with helpful insights into your hearing challenges.

Hearing aids can be really helpful

Determining the landscape of hearing aids can enable you to make informed choices during your appointment. Research different types of hearing aids, their features, and how they will work with your preferences and lifestyle. Being knowledgeable about available options can clarify discussions with your specialist and make sure that any suggestions are tailored to your needs.

Assess your medical history

Compile a detailed overview of your medical history to share with your hearing specialist. Include details such as past surgeries, current medications, notable illnesses or diseases, and any existing medical devices you use. Personalizing our treatment suggestions by identifying any factors that might be contributing to your hearing loss will be that much easier when we have a holistic understanding of your health.

Protect your ears

In the days leading up to your hearing exam, take proactive measures to shield your ears from loud noises. Exposure to too much noise can skew the results of your exam, so steer clear of environments with high noise levels, such as concerts or construction sites. You will get a better understanding of your hearing health and guarantee the accuracy of your hearing test by protecting your ears ahead of time.

Check your insurance coverage

Look into your health insurance coverage with regard to hearing tests and related services. Knowing the extent of your coverage beforehand can help you avoid unexpected costs and navigate any insurance-related queries with confidence. You might need some clarification so don’t be afraid to get in touch with us or your insurance provider.

Bring a companion

While going to your appointment by yourself is totally fine, having a companion can offer a number of benefits. Bringing somebody with you can offer added support and perspective whether it’s a friend, family member, or caregiver. Maybe you missed some essential piece of information or forgot something you were told and having someone with you can offer some added support.

Anticipate results discussion

Unlike some medical tests where you might have to wait days or weeks for results, hearing exam results are typically available immediately. Be ready for an in-depth conversation when you get the results of your exam on the same day. We may recommend solutions including hearing protection tips, lifestyle changes, or the potential of getting hearing aids.

You will get maximum benefit from your appointment and you will come in with confidence if you follow these seven steps.

It’s time to schedule a hearing exam so give us a call!

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The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.
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