Your First Hearing Test: what you should bring

Glen Sutherland, MCISc
Audiologist

In previous posts I have discussed how important it is for you to get a hearing test and why you should get your hearing tested sooner than later. Now that we’ve convinced you to get your hearing tested pronto, you may be wondering what you need to bring to your first hearing test!

Quite simply put, you are not required to bring much of anything to your first visit except of course yourself. When you arrive for your hearing test appointment, someone at the front desk of the clinic will assist you to register. As part of the registration process, you may be asked to provide some personal and medical information that will help to prepare your hearing health care professional for your appointment.

It may be useful to have your health card (or your health card number) available. When you make your appointment, the clinic where you will be tested should let you know if it requires that information.

Other than that, as long as you’re ready to answer questions about your hearing as well as other provide noteworthy information such as some contact information and your doctor’s name, you don’t need to prepare anything further for your first appointment.

HOWEVER, I strongly urge you to bring a notepad and pen to your appointment. During the appointment, you will be given a lot of information. It is helpful to write down the information so you can refer to it later. You might also want to jot down any questions you think of during your appointment so you don’t forget to ask them.

Once you are registered at the clinic, a hearing health care professional such as an Audiologist or Hearing Instrument Specialist will come to the waiting area to get you. Once in a private office, you will be asked some preliminary questions about your hearing experiences and environments. Be sure to give the clinician as much information about your hearing as you can remember. This is definitely a case where more is better!

The clinician will conduct an otoscopic examination, which is an examination of the ear canal and eardrum. During the examination make sure the clinician reports what is being seen and what it means.

There will then be a series of tests after which your hearing health care professional will explain the results of your hearing test. Again, the clinician should aim to be clear, patient and approachable when explaining the results of all the tests and should happily repeat any information or answer any questions you may have at any point during your appointment. Don’t be afraid to ask your questions as you think of them. As you have been told for years, no question is too simple to ask!

Even after you’ve left the clinic, you may think of some other questions. It is important for you to note them and either make another appointment with the hearing health care professional or call the clinic to have your questions answered. You’ve taken the time to get your first hearing test; make sure you get all your questions answered to your satisfaction!

Disclaimer
Please note that the information in this blog is presented for the purpose of providing information and should not be used for medical diagnosis or treatment nor should it be used in place of medical advice from your doctor or hearing health care professional.

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