Tests can be a source of anxiety, especially when the results of the test can point out a previously unknown health issue. You can alleviate the stress you feel before you come into Modern Hearing Solutions for your hearing test by following the below suggestions.
Make Sure Your Ears Are Clean
Compacted cerumen (earwax) can interfere with a hearing specialist’s ability to perform a hearing test. However, while we offer a variety of hearing services, earwax removal is considered a medical procedure in Wyoming and its removal must be done by a medical professional. Our hearing specialist can provide you with a recommendation of where to go to have your earwax removed if you anticipate this being a problem.
We will never recommend using Q-tips or candling for earwax removal. Both methods have a higher potential for damaging your ears and remove very little earwax. To clean your ears at home, use a soft washcloth and wet it with warm water for surface wax removal. Do not attempt to dig, as the pushing can force the wax further down your ears.
Create An Updated List of Medications
It is important for your hearing specialist to be aware of any medications you are currently taking, even if they are over-the-counter. There are over 200 kinds of medications which can interfere with your hearing. To ensure you remember all your medications, we recommend you make a list while still at home, so you can view the medications to refresh your memory. Sometimes, when on the spot and filling out paperwork, some medications are forgotten.
Check Your Family Medical History
There are clear diseases which affect your hearing, such as otosclerosis which affects the middle ear or an autoimmune inner ear disease. But there are other cases which your medical history may shed some light on why your hearing may be suffering.
Some illnesses illnesses linked to hearing loss include:
- Cardiovascular diseases – such as atherosclerosis and high blood pressure have been linked, as both cause blood to struggle to bring nutrients and oxygen to the cochlea (inner ear nerve).
- Depression – commonly linked to hearing loss and tinnitus as both hearing issues cause people to feel cut off from the world around them.
- Diabetes – can cause damage to the various nerves in the body, including the inner ear nerves, due to high blood sugar spikes.
Protect Your Ears From Loud Sounds And Sickness
Our hearing specialist will have you undergo a variety of hearing tests, such as the pure tone test and others. To receive an accurate read on your hearing, you will need to protect your ears from loud sounds so your ears are not desensitized to the various hearing test sounds. Avoid loud:
- Construction areas
- Noisy gatherings
Also, if you catch a cold or the flu just before your hearing test, you will need to reschedule as a head cold can muffle your hearing. This can lead to a misdiagnosis in the severity of your hearing loss.
Bring Your Questions To The Hearing Test
Lastly, as you ready yourself for your hearing test, write down and bring any questions you may have for your hearing test. While the course of the test may provide many answers, it is best to be prepared so you don’t forget any of the questions you had for our hearing specialist. Some questions you may want to ask are:
- What kinds of hearing aids would you recommend?
- Does my insurance cover hearing aids?
- How often should I have hearing tests?
If you are ready to take control of your hearing, contact us for an appointment today. Our hearing specialist offers services that have helped many individuals to reconnect with the world around them by improving their hearing.