Ways to Prepare for a Hearing Test
Attending your first hearing test can be a daunting prospect, but the truth is that it’s a quick and painless procedure that will identify hearing loss and help you gain the very best support for your specific hearing profile. For most people, the fears are rooted by a sense of not knowing what to expect. By effectively preparing for the hearing test, those worries will fade.
Here are the best ways to prepare yourself for the upcoming appointment with your Hearing Instrument Specialist. Complete them all, and you won’t go far wrong.
Make a note of your medical history
Hearing loss can be caused by many factors, including hereditary genetics. So, taking a list of your medical history, family history, and current medications can be very helpful indeed. This will give the hearing instrument specialist a deeper insight into your personal situation, which can be very helpful during the examination process.
If you have a cold or virus, this can temporarily affect your hearing to produce inaccurate results. So, if you’ve been ill within 48 hours of the scheduled appointment, you’ll want to reschedule.
Clean your ears
Hearing tests are designed to diagnose permanent hearing loss. In fact, treating temporary hearing loss that is caused by blockages could cause immediate problems once the obstruction clears as well as long-term damage.
Cleaning your ears before the appointment ensures that your hearing is uninterrupted, meaning that any detected hearing loss will be genuine. Warm water and a washcloth will remove most wax and debris from the outer ear. However, if you feel that there is a buildup, make sure to mention this to your hearing instrument specialist to ensure they can look for any blockages.
In addition to aiding the examination, it can support the HIS with the physical inspections. Ultimately, this allows you to gain an accurate evaluation, which will lead to the best choice of hearing aids.
Avoid excessively loud situations
As well as blockages, it’s vital to avoid temporary ringing and other issues that could impact your hearing. Exposure to loud noises, such as at a gig or a loud worksite, in the hours leading up to the hearing test, could result in inaccurate findings. This will prevent the HIS from providing the best possible solution.
This includes household tools such as the vacuum or lawn mower. Try to give your ears a rest before the hearing test, and it will improve the situation for everyone. After all, being treated for severe hearing loss when it’s only moderate hearing loss that has been temporarily worsened is the last thing you need.
Do some research into hearing aids
Should hearing loss be detected, you will probably be advised to get hearing aids. While there will be an additional appointment for the hearing aid fitting, you’ll need to discuss the various options with the HIS first. With this in mind, a little research into the different hearing aids on the market is advised.
The HIS will discuss the option in further detail, along with information about specific models and additional features. However, the three main types are:
Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids include an amplification system that sits behind the ear in a plastic casing while the sounds are transmitted to an earpiece, which sits in the ear canal, via a flexible tube.
In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids sit entirely in the ear for a less visible appearance. They are only suitable for mild to moderate hearing loss but remain a popular solution for young adults that are a little nervous about wearing hearing devices for the first time.
In-the-canal (ITE) devices are worn in the canal and offer the most natural listening experience, as well as privacy out of all the styles. However, due to their smaller size, they may be difficult for individuals with dexterity issues to handle when changing the batteries or cleaning the devices.
Preparing for a hearing test can be a scary experience, but it needn’t be. The appointment will only last 60-90 minutes while there is no pain or struggle involved. More importantly, the results can either put your mind at ease by confirming that you boast healthy hearing, or determine the right type of hearing aids for your personal needs.
Either way, the outcomes can only be positive.
Book your hearing test today
Before making the above preparations, though, the first job is to book your hearing appointment with a Hearing Instrument Specialist that cares. So, take the first step to restoring clarity in your life today by calling Palmetto Hearing Healthcare Center at:
Please answer the question below to the best of your ability. After you choose your answer, the next question will appear. At the end of the survey, you will be provided with a score, and you may send this score to us so we may discuss any hearing loss issues you are having.
Are there situations in which you find it difficult to hear clearly?
Do you have to strain to understand conversations?
Do you have a problem hearing over the telephone?
Do you have trouble following a conversation when two or more people are talking at the same time?
Do you have trouble hearing conversations in a noisy background such as a restaurant or a group gathering?
Do you have dizziness, pain, or ringing in your ears?
Do family members or coworkers remark about you missing what has been said?
Do people complain that you turn the TV volume up too high?
Do you find it hard to hear someone when they talk in a soft voice or whisper?
Do you find understanding women and children particularly challenging?
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