HEARING AID FITTING

The Hearing Aid Fitting Steps

The recommendation is hearing aids. Your audiologist has performed various tests and now you’re ready for a Hearing Aid. What is involved in the hearing aid fitting process? Quite a few things actually when you’re finished, your hearing will improve.

Your appointment will take at least an hour.

PRELIMINARY STEP 

In advance of your hearing aid fitting appointment, your audiologist orders your new hearing aids. Depending upon the type of hearing aid, you may have had ear mold impressions for a custom fit. Once the hearing aids are delivered, your audiologist programs them using special software.

Beginning the fitting process 

A Hearing test comes as a very important next thing. Your audiologist places a thin tube in your ear near your eardrum. This tube measures the impact of loud and soft sounds on your eardrum.

Then, your hearing aid is placed in the ear canal along with the tube. By again checking the volume, your audiologist balances the hearing aid amplification, allowing you to hear soft sounds and loud sounds comfortably.

The audiologist also will check the fit of your hearing aids.

Tips about hearing aid care 

The fitting process consists of various steps. Your audiologist will show you how to insert and remove your hearing aids, how to make audio adjustments, how to change (or charge) your batteries, and how to clean your hearing aids. Maintenance and storage are also dealt with. It’s a good time to ask questions since there’s a lot to discuss. But there’s no need to worry because you will receive brochures and paperwork to help remind you how to properly care for your hearing aids.

Adjusting to New Device 

Adjusting to wearing hearing aids takes few weeks. Your ENT doctor/audiologist will advise you to wear them for just a few hours on the first day. Every day, you will increase the length of time you wear your hearing aids until you are wearing them all day. If you have any discomfort or problems, be sure to call your audiologist.

Begin wearing your hearing aids in a quiet environment so you can adjust to hearing new sounds. Enlist a family member or friend to have a conversation so you can notice the differences in your hearing. Noisier places such as restaurants, meetings, or parties may be challenging at first because background sounds can be distracting. It takes time to adjust, but once you do, you will be surprised at what you were missing!

The hearing aid fitting process may seem overwhelming. However, as you gradually become familiar with your hearing aids, any anxiety quickly fades. Remember, your audiologist and office staffs are there to help. Semi-annual or annual follow-up visits and professional cleanings a few times a year will ensure you’ll get the best performance from your hearing aids.

Hearing aid programming

When your hearing aid arrives at the hearing center, the hearing care professional will hook it up to the computer and calibrate it according to your hearing loss and preferences. Some professionals choose to do the programming before you arrive and some prefer to do it while you’re there.

Adjusting to hearing aids

Once the hearing aids are out of the box and in your ears, you’ll start hearing lots of things you haven’t heard for years. In fact, you might feel like everything is too loud at first. It will take time for your brain to relearn which sounds to ignore, like the sound of your own footsteps or the rustle of your clothing. But don’t worry—your hearing care professional will do some tests to make sure that the hearing aid is set appropriately for your hearing loss. You will also be counseled on how to change the battery, use any features, clean and take care of your hearing aid.

Adjusting to hearing aids takes time. Some people only need a day or two but most people need a few weeks to a few months to adjust to using hearing aids. The important thing to remember is to wear them, even if just for a few hours the first day, an hour longer the following day, and so on until you are wearing hearing aids all day.