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You scheduled a hearing exam but you’re so busy it’s reasonable that you would have forgotten about it. It’s a good thing you got a text from the clinic reminding you in time for you to prepare. But what type of preparation should you do?

While it might not call for an all-night study session like in your scholastic days, a bit of preparation can make a considerable difference in maximizing the benefits of your appointment.

Prepare for your hearing exam with these 7 tips

In order to be fully prepared, follow these 7 steps:

Document your symptoms

Hearing loss manifests differently for everyone and across various situations. Take some time to jot down when you observe your hearing difficulties the most. For instance, do you struggle to hear the television, especially at certain volumes or times of the day? Are conversations hard to follow in crowded settings such as restaurants? If you record these instances, it will help us get a better look into your specific hearing situation.

Explore hearing aid options

The more you understand about hearing aid options, the easier it will be for you to make informed choices at your appointment. Research different models of hearing aids, their features, and how they will work with your needs and lifestyle. When you are better informed, we will have a simpler time discussing your options and tailoring our suggestions to your particular needs.

Evaluate your medical history

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

Utilize ear protection

In the days prior to your hearing exam, take proactive steps to shield your ears from loud noises. Exposure to excessive noise can skew the results of your test, so avoid environments with high noise levels, such as concerts or construction sites. You will get a better comprehension of your hearing health and ensure the accuracy of your hearing test by safeguarding your ears ahead of time.

Check your insurance coverage

Explore your health insurance coverage regarding hearing tests and related services. By getting a heads-up on your coverage, you will be better able to answer any associated questions and avoid unexpected expenses. You might need some clarification so don’t be afraid to get in touch with us or your insurance provider.

Bring along a companion

You can come to your appointment alone but if you bring a friend it can be really helpful. Bringing somebody with you can provide added support and perspective whether it’s a friend, family member, or caregiver. They can help recall important information discussed during the appointment and give insights into your hearing experiences that you may not have noticed yourself.

Expect results discussion

Unlike some medical exams where you might have to wait days or weeks for results, hearing test results are usually available immediately. Be prepared for an in-depth discussion when you get the results of your exam on the same day. Whether the end result involves suggestions for hearing aids, lifestyle alterations, or hearing protection tips, be prepared to investigate next steps collaboratively with your specialist.

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

If you haven’t scheduled your hearing test yet, give us a call today to get your appointment on the books.

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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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