How to Prepare for Your Hearing Test
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If you are due to have your first hearing test, you are likely somewhat confused about what the process will entail. In this scenario, it can be beneficial to focus on how you can best prepare for the test, so you can be confident of arriving for your hearing specialist appointment with everything you need already in hand. Below, we have put together a guide to the steps you can take in order to prepare for your hearing test in the most efficient way possible.
Make a list of your medications
Some prescription medications are ototoxic, which means that they can have a negative impact on your hearing. Your hearing healthcare professional will need to know if you are taking any ototoxic medications, so write a list of all the medications you are currently taking, as well as those you have taken in the last five years.
Make a list of your supplements
Supplements are far less likely to be ototoxic, but it’s still helpful to provide your hearing specialist a list of any supplements you are taking.
Avoid loud noises
It’s always best to avoid loud noises anyway, but this is especially important in the days leading up to your hearing test. Your hearing can be temporarily affected if you are exposed to loud noise, such as drilling or a concert, which could lead to your hearing test suggesting your hearing loss is worse than it actually is. By ensuring you avoid loud noise in the days prior to your test, you can be confident your hearing test will be able to produce the most accurate results.
Clean your ears
A hearing test appointment does not just involve the hearing test itself; it’s also an opportunity for your hearing care provider to examine the overall physical health of your ears. As a result, it’s useful to clean your ears prior to the appointment. Try not to worry too much about wax or anything in the ear canal, as attempting to remove these on your own can do more harm than good, but it’s worth taking a warm damp cloth and removing any build-up from around the outer ear shell. If you do suspect you have impacted wax, it may be best to seek a remedy for this via a medical professional before your hearing test.
Be prepared to reschedule
As mentioned above, if you have reason to believe you have excessive earwax build-up, it may be best to postpone your hearing test appointment until this is dealt with. Earwax, however, is not the only reason to postpone: you should also defer your test if you develop a head cold or ‘flu. The immune system’s response to viruses can create excess fluid in your inner ear, which could mean that the results of your hearing test are inaccurate - so if you don’t feel well, reschedule your test for a later date.
By focusing on these preparatory steps, you should be able to ensure that you arrive fully ready for your hearing test appointment. Not only will this ensure that your test is as beneficial as possible, but it should also provide you with peace of mind and reassurance as you await your test day.