Being proactive with your hearing health is a great help to your general well-being. With all medical appointments, it’s helpful to know what will happen before you arrive for your appointment. Procedures vary from one professional office to another, but here’s a general idea of what you might expect during your first hearing appointment.
Filling Out Paperwork
Just like with any other medical appointment, you’ll be asked to fill out a series of forms before we perform any tests or procedures. Some of the more common information questions might cover:
- Insurance information
- Your medical history
- A list of any medications you’re currently taking
- Hearing- and ear-related symptoms you’re experiencing
- Any questions or concerns you might have
- Visual Inspection
The first thing you might expect during a hearing examination is a physical look into your ears. The healthcare professional will use a handheld instrument called an otoscope to look at the interior of your ear canal. They will be looking for any abnormalities or signs of conditions that may be contributing to your hearing problems, as well as for a buildup of earwax, which can prevent us from accurately measuring your hearing ability.
A Hearing Test
Testing procedures vary from one facility to another, but most include a pressure test, which tests the flexibility of the eardrum, a tone test to measure your ability to hear soft levels of different tone pitches, and a speech test, which asks you to repeat sentences you hear at different levels.
Your hearing professional will consult with you to discuss your testing results and to talk about the next steps you should take. She may recommend a visit to an ear, nose & throat specialist or your primary care physician. Depending on your hearing ability, she may recommend you be retested in a few months, or that you begin getting fitted for hearing aids or other devices. This may happen right away, or you may need to make another appointment to work with a specialist to fit these devices.
Preventative medicine is the best kind, and it’s important to keep up with your hearing health just like the rest of your body. It’s important to get your hearing checked at least once a year. Contact U.S. Hearing Solutions today to schedule your appointment.