Setting up an appointment for a hearing evaluation can be daunting—especially if you’ve never had a hearing evaluation before. However, you may notice you have difficulty hearing others at restaurants or in large, crowded rooms. Or, maybe you’ve started turning the television up louder than you used to.
Whatever the reason, making a hearing appointment is the first step to good hearing health.
What To Expect At Your First Hearing Visit
An audiologist, or a doctor that specializes in hearing, will be the one performing your hearing test. We start with a visual exam of your ears using an otoscope to detect any abnormalities or medical concerns. This also allows us to see any wax build-up that may impact your hearing and test results.
From there, they will perform a hearing exam comprised of a pressure test, a tone test, and a speech test.
The pressure test is just to make sure your eardrum is functioning normally.
The tone test will measure the softest sounds you can hear in an extremely quiet environment—think of the hearing tests we used to take in grade school!
Finally, the speech test will have you repeat different words or sentences. These tests provide a comprehensive report of how well your ears are functioning and how well you can hear.
Our Expert Tips for Your Hearing Appointment
After you’ve made your appointment, you might be wondering what the next step is and if you need to do anything prior to your appointment.
Our hearing experts have compiled a list of 5 tips for your first appointment.
Tip #1: Arrive a Few Minutes Prior to Your Appointment
Arriving a little earlier than your scheduled appointment time will allow you plenty of time to fill out any new patient forms regarding medical history, medications, ear-related symptoms and concerns about your hearing.
Tip #2: Bring a Trusted Friend or Family Member with You
You’ll want someone that is familiar with your hearing needs to come with you. They can help you ask questions, respond to your doctor, and help you talk through all your options.
Tip #3: Write Down Any Questions You May Have
Prior to your exam, take a second to write down any questions you want to be answered. Sometimes, when we’re in the moment, we can forget important questions.
Tip #4: Ask Questions About Your Results
After your exam, your audiologist should review your results and any recommendations you may have. If something is concerning to you, ask your audiologist for clarification! Your audiologist will also help you discover all options you may have in order to return to good hearing health.
Tip #5: Don’t Fear Hearing Aids!
Sometimes, hearing aids are the best option for your hearing health. If hearing aids are recommended, your audiologist will discuss the right fit for you and all the features and benefits. Once you’re fit with your hearing aids, your audiologist should work with you to feel confident and happy with your new hearing aids!
About the Author
Dr. Courtney Palmiere received her Bachelor of Arts degree in hearing and speech sciences at the University of Maryland and her Doctor of Audiology degree from the University of Pittsburgh. After completing her fourth-year externship in Charlotte, she knew this was her home. Now, she works for Audiology of Charlotte helping people just like you achieve good hearing health. For more information, contact us today by filling out our contact form or calling us (980) 498-0022. You can also contact Dr. Palmiere directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.