How should you prepare for a hearing test?

Strictly speaking, the audiologist can diagnose the nature of your hearing loss based on hearing tests alone. However, the audiogram results do not tell the audiologist anything about your lifestyle needs, and to find the right hearing device to suit you as an individual requires an understanding of both your hearing loss and your lifestyle and hobbies.

To get the most out of your visit, it is helpful to be aware of some of the types of hearing aids before you arrive at the audiologist’s office. This encourages an informed discussion about the options, and enables you to make suggestions. In turn, this gives the audiologist a better understanding of the type of device that appeals to you and helps them look for a suitable model.

Research Hearing Aids

A wide variety of types of hearing device are available (Behind-the-Ear, Receiver-in-the-Ear, In-the-Ear, and Completely-within-the-Ear). Don’t get hung up on the details, but you may wish to do some basic research to see if you have a strong preference for a style.

As well as the physical characteristics of the aid (such as whether it is visible or completely hidden within the ear) there are many options for functionality. For example some devices are Bluetooth enabled, hearing loop enabled, or have features such as background noise cancellation or conversation amplification modes.

Doing research ahead of time allows you raise any specific question about the suitability of a particular type of device.

Write Down Questions

Don’t be afraid to write down questions. It is human nature to forget that burning question in the heat of the moment. From wondering what the problem is, to which device is best, the cost of treatment, and asking about ongoing costs, it’s easy to overlook one particular aspect.

Audiologists want to do the best job possible, and this means making sure you are happy and all your questions are addressed. Most audiologists positively encourage a written list, so don’t be bashful about doing just that.

Consider Taking a Friend

Most audiologists encourage you to take a companion along to the hearing test. This helps for two reasons.

First, it goes with the territory that you may not pick up on everything that is said. While the audiologist takes care to make sure you understand, it is easy to forget some of the information if it is new or if you are concentrating hard. However, take a friend along and you’ll have someone to listen and fill in the blanks at a later date.

Secondly, the friend can give a vital perspective on how hearing loss affects your day-to-day life. This can help the audiologist judge the type of hearing device best suited to your needs and lifestyle.

Remember, taking these simple actions enables you to get the most from your hearing test.