A hearing test is pretty easy. You don’t need to study. But you do need to take a few steps to get prepared.

1. List medications and key medical events

The audiologist will take a medical history before examining your ears or testing your hearing. Some illnesses can negatively impact your ability to hear. This part of the exam will go smoothly if you have listed key medical events. You don’t need to cover every cold, but if you have a history of ear infections, the audiologist needs to know.

Also, some medications can cause sensorineural hearing loss. Make a list of all medications and supplements you are taking.

2. Grab a friend

It’s important to bring along a family member or friend. They have a unique insight into your ability to hear because they interact with you on a regular basis. While you may tell the audiologist that you have no problems hearing conversation, their experience may prove otherwise.

In addition, if you have an anxiety or feel stressed about the hearing test, a friendly face and friendly voice will be comforting.

3. Clean your ears

Don’t let earwax get in between you and hearing the world around you. At least 2 days before your appointment for a hearing test, clean your ears of wax. Don’t use cotton swabs or place anything in your ear smaller than your foot. Your ears can be easily damaged if you insert objects in your ear canal. Take a warm washcloth and gently wipe your ear with your finger.

4. Avoid loud noises

It is well established that continued exposure to loud noises can damage your hearing. Did you know that temporary exposure to loud noise can affect your ability to hear?

As part of your hearing test, the audiologist will determine the minimum threshold at which you can hear pure tones and conversation. If you have been recently exposed to loud noise, your ears are still recovering and the results of the hearing test will not be accurate. Avoid any noise louder than a vacuum cleaner for about 12 hours before your hearing test. Make sure your ears are well rested!

5. Don’t go sick

Allergies, colds, sinus or ear infections can all cause fluid in the ear. As part of the exam, the audiologist will test the function of the different parts of your ears involved in hearing. If you have fluid in the ear, the test results will not be accurate. Besides, you don’t want to spread germs!

If you have a cold, an allergy attack or an ear or sinus infection, call the audiologist’s office and explain the situation. They will be more than happy to help you reschedule.

That’s it! Preparing for your hearing test is almost as easy as the hearing test itself. No studying required!