Smiling woman with short curly black hair wearing a green button up shirt excitedly waiting for her hearing test to begin in a sound booth

You completely forgot your hearing test tomorrow, but that’s not very unusual, you’ve been very busy. Thankfully, you just received that reminder text from us, and you still have a few hours to get ready. So… what should you do?

Hearing tests aren’t like back 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 over your symptoms and making certain you’re not forgetting anything. In other words, preparing for your hearing exam is really about making sure you get as much out of your time with us as you can.

Get prepared using these 7 tips!

1. List out all of your symptoms and when they manifest

Hearing loss doesn’t present the same way for everyone all the time. There may be some symptoms that are obvious and others that are more discreet. So take some notes on when your symptoms are most noticeable before you come see us. You can jot things down like:

  • When you’re in meetings at work, do you lose focus? Does this tend to occur in the morning? All day?
  • When you’re out in a crowded restaurant, do you struggle to keep up with conversations? Does that occur frequently?
  • Was it difficult to hear the television? Do you have it cranked way up? And do you notice that it’s more difficult to hear at night than in the morning?
  • Is it frustrating to carry on conversations on the phone? Monitor times when it’s more difficult to understand people than usual.

This kind of information is extremely useful for us. 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. Research hearing aids

How much do you actually know about hearing aids? You don’t want to make any decisions based on false information you may have picked up somewhere. An ideal time to get some accurate info is when we advise you that hearing aids would help you.

You will get better information and the process will be accelerated when you know what kinds of hearing devices are available and determine what your preferences are.

3. Go over your medical history

This is another moment when writing things down can help quicken the post-hearing-test-conversation. Write down your medical history before you visit us for your exam. Include major medical occurrences and also minor ones. Here are a few examples:

  • Medication interactions and allergies.
  • Major or minor surgeries that you have had.
  • Medications you’re currently taking.
  • Illness or diseases you’ve had that stand out in your mind.
  • Medical equipment you might currently use.

4. Loud noisy settings should be shunned

If you have a hearing assessment scheduled and you go to a loud concert the night before, the outcome will be impacted. The results will be similarly impacted if you go to an airshow the day of your exam. 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 accurate and reflect your current hearing health.

5. Before your appointment, talk to your insurance company

It can be a bit challenging sorting out what portions of your visit will be covered by insurance. If your hearing impairment is related to a medical condition, some insurance plans will cover it. But other plans might not. You will be much more confident at your appointment if you get this all squared away before you come in. We can also help you in certain instances. If not, you can talk to your insurance company directly.

6. Ask someone to come in with you

There are some significant benefits to bringing a relative or friend with you to your hearing test, though it’s not entirely necessary. Here are several of the most notable benefits:

  • You’re likely to go over a lot of information at your appointment. Having a dependable friend or loved one with you can help you remember all of that information when you get home.
  • You don’t always recognize when your hearing isn’t working right but it’s a safe bet your spouse or partner does! This means that we will have access to even more insight to help make a precise diagnosis or exam.

7. Be ready for your results

With many medical diagnostics, it could be days or weeks before you get your diagnosis. But with a hearing test, that’s not the situation. Similar to the bubble-sheet tests that were 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 to enhance your general hearing health and help you understand what your results mean. Maybe that’s a hearing aid, maybe it’s some changes to your behavior, or some ear protection. Either way, you’ll know it right away.

So, you won’t have to cram for your hearing exam. But it is helpful, mainly for you, to be prepared!

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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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