If you are feeling scared and nervous about your upcoming hearing test, it is okay. Relax! There is nothing for you to worry about. A hearing test is one of the safest exams you can have. If you can not recall the last time you had a hearing exam, then you will want to know exactly what you can expect to happen during your appointment. It never hurts to know beforehand what to expect so you can be prepared.
Walking into a hearing center for the first time may be a bit overwhelming for you. Although the establishment has a welcoming and cozy environment, simply looking at some of the items they may have on display may turn you off to the experience a bit. Do not let the displays deter you from your mission. Your goal is to relax and be open minded through your entire appointment. This means from the moment you walk through the door and until the moment you leave, you need to stay calm and learn everything you can about your hearing health and the importance of having your hearing checked on a regular basis.
Once the receptionist greets you, she may ask you for any insurance cards you may have. She may also present you with some papers to fill out that generally include a HIPA form, patient information and demographics form and even a small questionnaire that is designed to gather information about your health history. Once you have turned this information back in, you will be asked to take a seat while your information is put into their database. Your audiologist will grab your file and call you when they are ready to proceed with your hearing test.
Once you are called and go into the audiologist's office, they may ask you some questions based on the information you provided when you were filling out your paperwork. They may ask you to position your body a certain way before they begin administering your hearing tests. Depending on the reason why you decided to have the test, will determine which tests your audiologist will proceed with first.
Once all of your testing has been completed, your ear doctor will look over your results and analyzes them to determine what would be the best course of action to take next. If your results are in the average range, which means you passed your exam, you will not need any further treatment. Of course, you can use this opportunity to learn more about how to protect your ears so you do not have to worry about suffering hearing loss anytime soon. If you have failed your hearing tests, do not be upset, you are in the right place to receive treatment. The audiologist will go over your treatment options and schedule more appointments so you will not become overwhelmed by getting too much information at one time. This will also give you more time to adjust and absorb the information you are given at each appointment, so you can agree better.