Visiting the audiologist can be a daunting prospect, especially if you haven’t had a hearing test in several years. Therefore, it’s likely that you’ll be loaded with plenty of questions for the audiologist.  The answers to many of those queries can be provided long before the day of your visit.

Here are some of the most common questions, along with the clear answers you desire.

Do I need a hearing test if my hearing is fine?

While you may think that you have perfectly healthy hearing, the truth of the matter is that there are millions of people currently suffering with undiagnosed mild to moderate hearing loss. Therefore, it’s important to view hearing tests as a regular feature of your health routine. As a rule of thumb, booking an appointment every three years should be fine – unless hearing loss runs in the family.

How long will the hearing test last?

Most hearing tests last for a duration of 60 to 90 minutes. This covers everything from the background discussions to physical inspections and the various hearing tests. Moreover, you should receive the results immediately, along with advice on the next steps to take should they be required.

Do hearing tests hurt?

Fears about pain are very common, but the truth is that hearing tests are painless. The physical inspection may cause some discomfort if you have an infection or another issue. Meanwhile, some of the sounds played through the headphones during testing might make you flinch for a split second. Once again, though, you will not be in any danger of pain or lasting discomfort.

Does Medicare cover hearing test costs?

Sometimes. If the hearing test is deemed necessary by a doctor, it may be possible for the costs to be covered by your health insurance plan. However, not all insurance coverage will extend to hearing tests, which is why you should always check the situation directly with your provider.

How will my hearing loss be treated?

This largely depends on the severity of hearing loss. Audiologists categorize hearing loss under one of four sections. They are mild, moderate, severe and profound. The level of hearing loss that you suffer from, your background and whether you suffer with hearing loss in both ears will all influence the next steps. Likewise, the audiologist will go the extra mile to suit your budget.

What happens if I need hearing aids?

When you suffer from hearing loss or other issues like tinnitus, hearing aids are the most common solution. When this is the case, you will have another appointment for hearing aid fittings. The appointment can be booked right away, and will take place with the same audiologist.

Can the audiologist help with anything else?

Absolutely. The audiologist can use the hearing test to talk to you about ear defense for work as well as tips on cleaning and caring for your ears and general hearing health. Moreover, they can direct you to sound therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and a range of other treatments. So, listen to your instincts, and give your ears the attention they deserve today.