What to Expect at Your Hearing Aid Fitting
When you have seen an audiologist and they have told you that you have hearing loss – no matter the level – the next step is typically to purchase to get your hearing aids fitted properly so that you can get the most out of the hearing that you do have. Hearing aids are there to ensure that you are going to get the best out of your future as possible and the hearing aid fitting appointment that you attend is going to help you to learn all about these small and powerful pieces of technology that you have in your ears.
So that you don't have a total shock when you get there, it can help you to learn what to expect at your hearing aid fitting, and some of the things that you should expect include:
Evaluation of Your Hearing
The tests you have been through already will be evaluated before you’re spoken to about your hearing aids. During your first appointment, you’ll have an exam of your ears and a hearing evaluation and then the results will be talked over before your hearing aids are fitted.
Learning About Different Hearing Aids
You’ll have learned something about the different hearing aids and your earmolds will be taken. The next appointment is the proper fitting and this is the one that checks whether the hearing aids you chose were correct for you and that they fit you.
Testing the Hearing Aids
As well as being fitted for your hearing aids, you’ll have your audiologist testing yours to see whether you can actually hear with them. This helps your audiologist to know that you are getting the right amount of sound through your hearing aids.
From here, they can set your programs and ensure that you are going to hear well through your hearing aids. If they don't fit properly you’re going to hear a lot of feedback and it’s in this appointment that you want that to happen, as your audiologist can fix it. Your fitted hearing aids shouldn't give you any whistling or feedback at all, and you should do all that you can to ensure that you are honest about any additional noise.
Taking Care of Your Hearing Aids
Your audiologist is going to talk you through how to take the best possible care of your hearing aids and they’ll also practice with you when it comes to inserting and removing the batteries. This will mean that you don't have to make an appointment every time you need a change.
You’ll Learn How to Adjust
The last thing that your audiologist will talk you through is what to expect when adjusting to your hearing aids. They’ll tell you how long per day you should wear them and whether you will need to wear them full time or not. The adjustment may take some time, but the best audiologists will tell you all about what to expect with that adjustment. Don't worry too much – your audiologist will be very thorough during the appointment and ensure that you get the best care.