Getting Ready for your Hearing Test

Man taking hearing test

6 signs of hearing loss

Are you considering getting a hearing test? If your family and loved ones have pointed out that you seem to be having trouble hearing, and you notice yourself straining to follow conversations, a hearing test can let you know your level of hearing loss, if any, and you can get some advice on how to resolve the problem.Before your hearing test appointment, here are five ways you can prepare:Jot down your medical history. Include all medications, supplements, vitamins and minerals you take, list your diet and exercise, and try to think of any surrounding environments that could be adding to hearing loss. Also note if you have ever had an injury to your ears, how many ear infections you have had in your life and when, and any allergies you may have.

Clean out your ears! Removing wax gently can help clear the ear canal and help you hear better – but don't use cotton swabs deep in the ear. Instead, use a warm washcloth to gently wipe away any wax buildup. Your audiologist will be able to tell you if there is internal wax buildup and help you deal with it safely.

Write down questions. It can be easy to forget what you meant to ask when your appointment finally arrives, so make a list of questions you may have and take a friend with you to your hearing test to help you remember to ask them.

Skip the concert. A bunch of loud noise the day before your hearing test can skew results, so try to experience a quiet environment for 12-24 hours before your test so you can ensure the results are accurate. If you work in a loud environment, use hearing protection.

Don't take the test sick. If you don't feel well or have inflammation of any kind, reschedule your hearing test. Swelling can narrow passageways in the ear canal and cause unreliable results.

On the day of your hearing test, dress comfortably, remember to eat breakfast, and relax. There's no right or wrong way to take the hearing test, and your audiologist will walk you through the process.

If your family and loved ones have pointed out that you seem to be having trouble hearing, and you notice yourself straining to follow conversations, a hearing test can let you know your level of hearing loss, if any, and you can get some advice on how to resolve the problem.