Illini Hearing - Champaign and Mahomet, IL

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You scheduled a hearing exam but you’re so busy it’s reasonable that you would have forgotten about it. It’s a good thing you got a text from the clinic reminding you in time for you to get ready. But what type of preparation should you do?

The effectiveness of your appointment will be increased with just a little bit of simple prep.

7 steps to get ready for your hearing exam

In order to be completely ready, use these 7 steps:

Document your symptoms

For every person across various situations, hearing loss manifests differently. Take some time to jot down when you notice your hearing difficulties the most. Are there certain times when you have a hard time hearing the television, for instance? When you’re in crowded places like restaurants, is it hard for you to follow conversations? If you take note of these instances, it will help us get a better look into your specific hearing situation.

Hearing aids can be really helpful

Determining the landscape of hearing aids can empower you to make educated choices during the course of your appointment. Research different types of hearing aids, their features, and how they will work with your needs and lifestyle. When you are better informed, we will have an easier time discussing your options and adapting our recommendations to your specific needs.

Review your medical history

Share the comprehensive outline of your medical history that you previously collected. Notable illnesses, previous surgeries, current medications, and any medical devices you utilize are all details that could be important. This holistic picture of your health can help in identifying potential factors contributing to your hearing loss and guide personalized treatment suggestions.

Utilize hearing protection

Use protective measures to shield your hearing from damage, particularly in the days prior up to your appointment. Avoid things like construction sites and rock concerts where the volume levels are especially high because exposure can skew the results of your test. You will get a better comprehension of your hearing health and guarantee the accuracy of your hearing test by safeguarding your ears ahead of time.

Look into your insurance

Check to see if your insurance covers hearing services. Knowing the level of your coverage beforehand can help you avoid unforeseen costs and navigate any insurance-related questions confidently. If you’re uncertain about your coverage, think about reaching out to your insurance provider or consulting with your hearing specialist for clarification.

Have a friend accompany you

You can go to your appointment alone but if you bring a friend it can be really advantageous. Bringing someone with you can offer added support and perspective whether it’s a friend, family member, or caregiver. Maybe you missed some important piece of information or forgot something you were told and having somebody with you can provide some additional support.

Expect results discussion

Unlike some medical exams where you may have to wait days or weeks for results, hearing exam results are usually available immediately. Be prepared for an in-depth discussion when you receive the results of your test on the same day. We may encourage solutions such as hearing protection tips, lifestyle changes, or the potential of getting hearing aids.

By sticking with these seven essential steps, you can approach your hearing test with confidence and ensure that you derive maximum benefit from your appointment.

If you haven’t scheduled your hearing test yet, give us a call today to get your appointment on the books.

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The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.
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