Hearing Aid Fitting
Most people with hearing loss wonder what it is like to wear a hearing aid. Today, with a wide range of devices available, chances are you will be able to find the exact hearing aid that fits all your needs. After your initial visit and hearing tests have been completed, our professional audiologists determine exactly which features will best fill your needs. Hearing aids of all sizes, from micro-miniature to over-the-ear devices, need fitting and testing to ensure they are easy to use and comfortable.
The hearing aid fitting
When patients try on the device for the first time at Beneficial Hearing, there is usually a range of emotions, from excitement to trepidation. The sound they hear for the first time is different and can be confusing. It is important to remember that hearing aid fitting is a process. During the hearing aid fitting, your hearing care professional will fit the device to your ear and tailor the settings to your specific hearing loss needs.
Learning about your hearing aid
In addition to having your hearing aid fitted, you will learn about your device. The hearing provider will instruct you on how to properly insert and remove your device, how to care for your hearing aid and how to change the batteries. You will be given a lot of information, so be sure to take notes and pay careful attention on how to properly care for and maintain your device.
Hearing aid adjustments
During the first hearing aid fitting, you will be asked how well you can hear certain sounds, close noises and distant noises. Try to give as much feedback as possible because these answers help the hearing specialist adjust your device for your comfort. With any new device there will be an adjustment period of two weeks to a month; this is perfectly normal and you’re simply relearning how to hear all of those sounds again.
The hearing professionals you see today can adjust the hearing aid on the spot, but you will want to spend a lot of time with your device in your regular hearing environment to test it thoroughly.
The follow-up appointment
Your hearing health professional will schedule a follow-up appointment with you after your initial hearing aid fitting to learn about how your experience has been and if minute adjustments need to be made. Remember, it’s crucial to have the right fit and programming for your hearing aids, so communicate honestly and openly with your hearing provider on any issues or concerns you have.
As always, we are here to answer any questions you have about your new device. Please call Beneficial Hearing for more information.