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You’re a fairly busy person, so it’s understandable that you totally forgot about the hearing test you have scheduled for tomorrow. It’s a good thing we sent you a reminder text so you should have time to prepare. So… what should you do?

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 about your symptoms. In other words, preparing for your hearing test is really about ensuring you get as much out of your time with us as you can.

Here are 7 simple ways to get yourself prepped and ready!

1. List out all of your symptoms and when you experience them

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

  • When you’re out in a busy restaurant, do you struggle to hear conversations? If so, how frequently does that happen?
  • During meetings at work, do you lose focus? Does this normally occur in the morning? All day?
  • Was it hard to hear the tv? Do you have it cranked way up? And do you have a harder time hearing at night?
  • Is having phone conversations difficult? Monitor times when it’s harder to hear people than usual.

We find this type of information very helpful. If you can, take note of the time and date these symptoms occurred. If you can’t, just note that they did occur.

2. Research hearing aids

How complete is your knowledge about hearing aids? You don’t want to make any decisions based on false information you may have picked up someplace. An ideal opportunity to get some accurate info is when we advise you that hearing aids would benefit you.

Knowing what kinds of hearing devices are out there and what your preferences may be can help speed along the process and help you get better information.

3. Consider your medical past

This is another instance when writing something down can help hasten the post-hearing-test-conversation. Before your appointment, you should take some time to write down your medical history. Include major medical occurrences and also minor ones. Here are some examples:

  • Major or minor surgeries that you have undergone.
  • Any medical apparatuses you use.
  • Any history of illness or disease (you don’t have to note every cold, but anything that sticks out).
  • Allergies and reactions to medicines.
  • Medications you’re currently taking.

4. Loud noisy settings should be shunned

If you have a hearing exam scheduled and you attend a loud concert the night before, the results will be skewed. The results will be similarly impacted if you attend 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 test. This will help ensure your results are reliable and reveal your current hearing health.

5. Check with your insurance ahead of time

It can be a bit confusing sorting out what portions of your appointment will be covered by insurance. Some plans may cover your hearing test, especially if it’s related to a medical disorder. But other plans may not. You will be far more confident at your appointment if you get this all squared away before you come in. In some instances, you can work directly with us to get answers about insurance. Otherwise, you can speak to your insurance company directly.

6. Ask someone to come in with you

There are several considerable benefits to bringing a relative or friend with you to your hearing exam, though it’s not entirely necessary. Here are several of the most prominent advantages:

  • Even when you aren’t aware that you have hearing impairment, people close to you will absolutely be aware of it. So our test and diagnosis will be determined by much deeper and more comprehensive information.
  • When you’re at your appointment, a lot of information will be discussed. Having a trusted friend or family member with you can help you remember all of that information when you get home.

7. The results will come fairly quickly

It could be days or even weeks before you receive the results of many medical diagnostics. But that’s not the situation with a hearing exam. With a hearing exam, you will get the results right away.

And even better, we’ll walk you through what your results mean and how you can improve your overall hearing health. That might mean using some ear protection or some behavioral changes or possibly hearing aids. You’ll know immediately either way.

So you don’t have to overthink it. But it is helpful, mostly for you, to be prepared!

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