It’s always more comforting to know what to expect and be prepared before your appointment. For first time visitors, you will be asked to complete necessary paperwork to the best of your ability, providing important information for the assessment. Be prepared to provide the following info:
Insurance – Some plans cover hearing testing, and if necessary, hearing aids and/or treatment. The office can check your benefits and determine your eligibility and coverage.
Medical History and Medications – There are medical conditions that may seem to be unrelated to your hearing but, could be linked. In addition, you may be surprised at how many drugs and supplements can cause hearing loss or other ear-related symptoms. Providing your medical history will help identify potential causes for hearing loss.
Symptoms, current and previous ear-related issues – Report any pain, ringing in the ears, tinnitus, over exposure to loud sounds, ear infections and/ or surgeries.
Describe any hearing difficulties you’re having and in which situations or environments they occur.
Preparing for the hearing tests, remember to:
Have your ears cleared of wax at last 2 days before your hearing test
Avoid exposure to loud noises that last longer than a few minutes for a day prior to the test (anything louder than a domestic vacuum cleaner).
Try to be free of any illness that includes mucus build-up in the middle ear like a head cold or flu.
The actual testing procedure may vary between different doctors’ offices and upon your issue. Generally, the exam and testing session starts by looking into your ears with a handheld scope for any signs of abnormalities or medical conditions that could be contributing to your hearing concerns. There is always the possibility of earwax buildup of earwax that could be contributing to your hearing problem or prevent an accurate measurement of your hearing.
Testing may include the following:
- A pressure test to check the flexibility of your eardrum and its ability to transmit sound.
- A tone test to measure how softly you can hear tones of different pitches.
- A speech test, you will be asked to repeat words and/or sentences you hear at different levels.
After the testing session, your hearing care professional will discuss the results and make the necessary recommendations for the next step. You may be referred to your Primary Care Physician or to our Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist. In evident of a hearing loss, that doesn’t require further evaluation, we may recommend that you consider a hearing aid or other assistive devices. Depending on the results of testing, you can expect your appointment to last approximately an hour.
Your hearing impacts your quality of life … whether it’s your career, relationships, physical or mental health. Annual hearing tests should be part of everyone’s health regiment. Treat any hearing loss before it turns into something bigger, don’t be cut off from society. Schedule your hearing appointment today!
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