How Your Audiologist Conducts a Hearing Aid Fitting
Once your hearing evaluation is complete, and you’ve selected a hearing aid with the help of your audiologist, the next step is to arrange a hearing aid fitting. This is the exciting part of the process when you’ll experience hearing with your hearing aids for the first time. If you have an appointment scheduled, here’s a useful guide to what happens when your audiologist conducts a hearing aid fitting.
Before your fitting
Before you have your hearing aids fitted, your audiologist will carry out a series of tests and assessments, which will provide in-depth information about the degree of hearing loss and offer an insight into which types of hearing aids will be most beneficial for you. Once your audiologist has explained the findings of the tests to you, they will discuss potential treatment options. At this point, you can take a look at different styles of hearing aids, and your audiologist will give you information about the various types and answer any questions you have. When you’ve decided which hearing aid to go for, your audiologist will make an appointment for your hearing aid fitting.
What happens at a hearing aid fitting?
A hearing aid fitting usually takes around an hour. During the fitting, your audiologist will place the hearing aid inside or behind the ear, depending on the style you’ve chosen and then set about customizing and programming the devices to ensure that you’re comfortable and happy. The first aspect to get right is the fit of the hearing aids. When you use your hearing aids, you want to feel comfortable, so achieving a perfect fit is vital. Once your hearing aids are in place, your audiologist will ask you questions about how they feel. It’s important to be honest. If the devices feel a little uncomfortable, your audiologist can adjust and modify the position, so make sure you tell them if they don’t feel quite right. When you’re happy with the placement of your hearing aids, the next step is to adjust the settings to tailor the hearing aids to suit your requirements and preferences and your individual prescription. Your audiologist will show you how to change the programs and modify the settings so that you can do this at home or when you’re out and about.
At this appointment, your audiologist will also show you how to change the batteries and how to clean your hearing aids. They will also be able to answer any questions you have about life with your new hearing aids. It’s natural to have queries about hearing aids if you’re using them for the first time, and some clients come in with a list of questions so that they don’t forget anything. If you do have questions after your hearing aid fitting, you can simply give us a call and we’ll do our best to provide the answers.
What to expect after your fitting
A hearing aid fitting can be a hugely exciting prospect, especially if you’ve been experiencing hearing troubles for a long time. Initially, when your audiologist first fits your hearing aids, you might find that the sound is a little odd and that it takes a bit of time to get used to the feel of the device in your ears. This is completely normal, and you’ll soon adapt to wearing hearing aids. Once you start processing sounds and your audiologist adjusts the settings to optimize performance, you should find that your hearing improves drastically. It can take a while to find the right programs and to adjust the hearing aids to suit you perfectly, so don’t panic if the sound isn’t crystal clear when you put your hearing aids in for the very first time.
After your initial fitting, we can schedule follow-up sessions to make sure that your hearing aids are working as they should be and to ensure that you’ve adjusted well to the new devices. Sometimes, you might find that everything appears fine in the office, but you encounter problems in specific environments, a noisy bar or a busy train. If this is the case, your audiologist can modify the settings to make you feel more comfortable and confident.
If you’re counting down the days until your hearing aid fitting, hopefully, this guide has prepared you and you’re ready to experience the amazing benefits of hearing aids. If you have any questions, or you’d like more information about the services provided by Hadassah Kupfer Au.D, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 917-791-1510.