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Ways to Prepare for a Hearing Test

Ear Exam

Preparing for a hearing test is something you need to make sure you start doing now, and it is important to figure out what to expect from your test. It’s clear that, as we get older, we can develop more issues when it comes to our hearing, and this is why it becomes essential to visit a hearing instrument specialist and get your hearing tested sooner rather than later. These are some of the best ways to prepare for your hearing test right now.

Make a note of any questions

It is important that you make a note of any questions you might have for peace of mind. Write these down so you can refer to them during the test, and ask any pertinent questions you might like to know. There is nothing wrong with having questions about the process, so make sure you ask about them.

Do a bit of research

There is nothing wrong with wanting to do your own research when it comes to prep work for your heating test. Get online and check out what is involved in a hearing test so that you have an idea of what you should expect from the process. There are several different series of tests your hearing professional may opt to perform, this depends on what signs of hearing loss you exhibit. These tests are all non-invasive and painless, and will typically be completed within 30 minutes to one hour. The following tests may be performed:

  • Pure-tone testing: During a pure-tone test, you will be placed in a soundproof room and will be given a pair of headphones to wear. These will play a series of sounds or beeps that you will then be asked to indicate when you hear them. These results will be charted and used at the end of the appointment to determine if there are any frequencies you are struggling to hear.
  • Speech testing: When you have a speech test, you will hear words coming through your headphones and will be asked to repeat the various ones you hear. The professional will chart what words you can hear at the softest tone, which will be used in combination with your pure-tone results to better understand any potential hearing issues.
  • Otoacoustic emissions testing (OAE): OAE testing examines how well your inner ear or cochlea works. During this test, a small earphone or probe will be placed in the canal to determine how the inner ear responds to sounds.
  • Tympanometry: This test measures how your eardrum responds and moves. A small probe or earphone is inserted into the ear and pushes small streams of air into the ear. This will show the professional how your eardrum responds to this air. 

Look into insurance

Another thing you will want to sort out before you go to your test is making sure you look into insurance. Speak with your insurance company and find out what, if anything, will be covered on a hearing test. You need to make sure you look after your best interests, and this is something to keep in mind. 

Choose the right professional

It is imperative that you select the right professional to carry out your hearing test because this is something that needs to be done in the best possible way. Finding the right hearing instrument specialist doesn’t have to be difficult. There are a few different considerations you want to make, including:

  • Location: Look for a hearing instrument specialist that is located near a place you frequently travel, whether it’s home, school or work. This ensures it won’t be difficult for you to keep an appointment because it’s already a location and area you are familiar with.
  • Office hours: If you are unable to take off school or work to make a hearing test appointment, look for a professional that offers flexible scheduling or weekend hours. Some offices have extended evening appointments or open on Saturday a month to service individuals that cannot visit during standard operating hours.
  • Reviews: To get an idea of the specialist you’ll be seeing and what kind of experience you may have, make sure to read online reviews from real patients. This will help you better understand what you can expect and may alert you to any potential problems.

When you are trying to prepare for a hearing test, you need to know what to expect. One of the best things you can do is find out more about My Hearing Center and contact a professional at one of the convenient locations below: